A degree in health sciences or other related degrees; specific coursework required; plus transcripts of primary degree and specific subject outlines. Applicants who do not meet the pre-requisite subject requirements may complete bridging subjects prior to entry.
The Master of Occupational Therapy is designed to produce highly competitive graduates with comprehensive clinical skills as well as possessing a solid business acumen and research experience. It is the first Occupational Therapy master's in Australia to offer you the opportunity to complete a clinical research project or undertake business electives in preparation for a career in private practice. You will engage in research training before specializing in one of two elective pathways:
Clinically-focused Research Pathway - the clinically focused research pathway culminates in an individual research project that may be eligible for publication. This pathway prepares you for entry into higher research degrees and careers in research and academia, as well as bolstering research networks; or
Business-focused Research Pathway - enables you to undertake business electives that will enable you to undertake management roles, and better prepare you to work in the growing private sector. The pathway culminates in an industry research project where you will apply both research and business skills. You will be taught by academics and industry staff who are currently practicing clinicians with up to date industry knowledge.
Learning and teaching methodology
The Master of Occupational Therapy combines lectures, tutorials, workshops, case studies, fieldwork and simulation to embed the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as an occupational therapist. The program focuses on real-world learning with fieldwork opportunities in most courses to help students link theory to practice. Students will learn from highly qualified occupational therapy academics with clinical and research experience. The choice of a clinically-focused or business-focused research pathway allows students to contribute to the advancement of the occupational therapy profession and broadens future career possibilities in research, academia or private practice.
Recommended study structure
- Foundations of Occupational Therapy (OCTY71-100)
- Health Conditions and Multidisciplinary Management (OCTY71-101)
- Neuroscience for Health Professionals (OCTY71-102)
- Enabling Environments: A Systems Approach (OCTY71-103)
- Engage: In Occupation (OCTY71-104)
- Enable: Occupational Performance (OCTY71-105)
- Occupational Therapy Roles and Responsibilities (OCTY71-106)
- Evidence-Based Practice for Health Professionals (OCTY71-107)
- Occupational Therapy: Work (OCTY71-108)
- Occupational Therapy: Learn, Play, Connect (OCTY71-109)
- Occupational Therapy: Independence and Participation (OCTY71-110)
- Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy I (OCTY71-701)
- Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy II (OCTY71-702)
- Health Research Design & Planning (OCTY71-401)
- The New Global Occupational Therapist (OCTY71-111)
- Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy III (OCTY71-703)
The Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy program has been designed to prepare graduates with the professional qualifications required to practice as an occupational therapist in Australia. The program aims to produce graduates with the comprehensive skills and knowledge to succeed as occupational therapists in both national and international healthcare environments, as well as possess the business acumen to compete in a healthcare setting of increasing privatization. Graduates of the program will be able to apply their experience across a wide range of areas including:
- Private practice
- Public and private hospitals
- Independent living centers and rehabilitation facilities
- Schools and tertiary education
- Workplace health
- Community health centers
- Mental health services
- Aged care
Graduates may be eligible to progress to further post-graduate research, leading to potential career options in research organizations and academia.
The Master of Occupational Therapy program has been accredited with conditions by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. A graduate of this program is eligible to apply for registration through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. This program is also recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
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