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Bond’s Master of Occupational Therapy extends its global reach with US Accreditation

July 13, 2022

Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) has become the only Australian Master’s Program of its kind to be accredited in the United States (US).

The program, which has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), is one of just two programs outside of America to gain US accreditation.

From September 2022, current and future MOT students will have their degrees recognised in the US and will be automatically eligible to sit the US national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, they will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) in the US.

The Master of Occupational Therapy graduate-entry Program is also approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.  

Bond’s Head of Occupational Therapy, Professor Susan Brandis said this AOTA accreditation was great news for Bond’s current and future students with aspirations to practice internationally.

“Demand for Occupational Therapists has continued to skyrocket globally, most recently as a result of the longer-term effects of COVID,” Professor Brandis said.

“As one of the fastest-growing careers in Australia and the US, OTs are in high demand in hospitals, schools and aged care facilities; paediatric, disability and rehabilitation environments.

“This accreditation is great news for our small but diverse international cohort of Bond MOT students, who want to study, adventure and experience a great lifestyle here on the beautiful Gold Coast.

“Our experienced, international academic staff provide personalised mentoring and support, to ensure our students’ experience is second-to-none.

“Their Master’s degree from Bond University then becomes their passport to pursue an exciting and rewarding career in occupational therapy, anywhere in the world.”

Bond’s Master of Occupational Therapy students graduate confident and skilled, thanks to over 1,000 hours of clinical placement. Their advanced electives in either business or research, ensure they are well-rounded and career-ready.

Earlier this year, Bond added a Graduate Diploma in Occupation and Health to its suite of Occupational Therapy Offerings. Last year, Bond University’s Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice also gained US Accreditation.

Learn more about Bond’s Master of Occupational Therapy here.