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. 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.
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-focussed or business-focussed 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 Course 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)
- 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)
*Subject names and structure may change
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 at least one semester of anatomy, one semester of physiology AND two semesters of psychology OR sociology OR behavioural science.
- 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.
You will have the opportunity to develop specialist skills related to the 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.
All students will also engage in research, providing preparation for future research careers.
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 recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.