Take your career worldwide with Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy (OT) is a dynamic and diverse profession, enabling people and communities to overcome barriers imposed by illness, injury, disability, psychological impairment, developmental delay or the aging and dying process.
With a focus on functional outcomes, OT's are practical problem solvers and have a broad perspective of health and wellbeing, underpinned by a solid scientific base.
Occupational Therapy has recently been ranked as the second fastest growing profession in Australia, and the fourth in the USA. OT's are in high demand in hospitals, mental health, aged care, disability and rehabilitation environments. It is envisaged that the demand for OT's will rise significantly with the introduction of the National Disability Scheme in Australia (NDIS).
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Your industry placements with Bond will set you up for an international career
You will have the opportunity to develop skills related to the specialist practice of occupational therapy through extensive professional practice placements in a variety of settings such as private practice, community and mental health services, aged care and hospitals. The program places a strong emphasis on practical experience with 1,000 hours of practice education across various clinical contexts.
The Master of Occupational Therapy is delivered from the Bond Institute of Health and Sport, situated within the Robina Health Precinct and nearby Robina train station.
All students will engage in advanced options such as research or business.
What our students say
- Graduate in 2 years through postgraduate entry, or graduate in 4 years via a Bond University Undergraduate pathway
- Offers a clinical research project or business electives to prepare for private and public practice settings
- Strong emphasis on practical experience with 1,000 hours of practice education across various clinical contexts
- Learn in small class sizes meaning a more personalised experience
About the program
Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program 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 Masters 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. Show more
Bond University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program 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 Masters 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 specialising 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 current practicing clinicians with up to date industry knowledge. Show less
|Duration||6 semesters (2 years)|
|Program type||Masters Extended|
|Study area||Health Sciences, Sport|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
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 health care setting of increasing privatisation.
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 centres and rehabilitation facilities
- Schools and tertiary education
- Workplace health
- Community health centres
- Mental health services
- Aged care
Graduates may be eligible to progress to further post-graduate research, leading to potential career options in research organisations and academia.
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*
Please visit Recommended Program Structures for guidance on study plans.
- 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)
- The New Global Occupational Therapist (OCTY71-111)
- Promoting the Occupational Health and Well-being of Communities (OCTY71-112)
- The Occupational Therapy Professional: Practice, Standards and Quality (OCTY71-113)
- Health Research Design & Planning (OCTY71-401)
- Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy I (OCTY71-701)
- Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy II (20CPS) (OCTY71-702)
- Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy III (30CPS) (OCTY73-703)
- Behaviour in Organisations (MGMT71-600)
Students choosing to study the Research Stream will complete:
- Health Professional Research Internship A (OCTY71-402)
- Health Professional Research Internship B (OCTY71-403)
Students choosing to study the Business Stream will complete:
- Business Elective Subject (please refer to Recommended Program Structures page for subject selection)
- Capstone Research Project (OCTY71-404)
*Subject names and structure may change
The total program fees for the Master of Occupational Therapy are:
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
Academic entry requirements
A degree in health sciences or other related degree with a minimum GPA of 1/4 (equivalent to 4/7) and the equivalent of one semester of anatomy AND one semester of physiology AND two semesters of behavioural science (for example, psychology, sociology).
- Applications should include all accompanying documentation, including academic transcript and subject outlines.
Applicants who do not meet the pre requisite subject requirements may complete bridging subjects prior to entry. For more information regarding eligibility, domestic students please contact 1800 074 074 and international students contact +61 7 5595 1024 for further details.
- Applications should include all accompanying documentation, including your academic transcript.
- Applications will then be assessed by the Faculty to determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance.
English language proficiency requirements
Applicants whose previous study was not completed in one of the countries listed where English is considered a first language, must provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language.
Applications should include all accompanying documentation, including an academic transcript and documented proof of English language proficiency.
For more detailed information: English language proficiency requirements.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information.
The Masters of Occupational Therapy is accredited (with conditions) by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia and New Zealand Ltd (OTC). The program is also approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. Our graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and will be graduating from a program that has been developed to be recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
The philosophy of the Bond University Occupational Therapy is based on the principles of occupational science using a systems approach to environments. The course is founded on the belief that meaningful and purposeful occupation is fundamental to health and well-being. The Bond University Occupational Therapy graduate will have a global outlook, be contemporary, work-ready, pragmatic and skilled. In addition to technical OT competence, the Bond OT graduate will have strong business acumen and professionalism, leadership and research ability. Our students of today will be prepared to be the therapists of tomorrow. The student experience is paramount with an individualised experience, small class sizes, and exceptional learning environments.
The professional program fosters culturally sensitive and evidence based clinical competence by actively engaging the learner in a collaborative process (student, client and educator) that builds on prior knowledge and experience and integrates professional academic knowledge, experience learning, clinical reasoning, and reflexivity. The program facilitates integration of philosophical and theoretical knowledge, values, beliefs, ethics, and technical skills for broad application to practice in order to improve human participation and quality of life (Hinojosa, 2006). The Bond OT professional program is values based and provided within an interdisciplinary context. The values of the program are:
- Trust – we respect others and trust our tour; we are trustworthy and ethical
- Truth – our practice is based on the best available evidence
- Care – we care for others, our colleagues, our clients and ourselves
- Quality – we strive to learn and improve and to always provide safe and quality OT
- Fun – we celebrate our successes, enjoy what we do and have a passion