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Master of Occupational Therapy

Program overview

Occupational therapy is a dynamic, diverse, and rewarding profession. You will work with individuals, community groups and organisations to help them overcome barriers imposed by illness, injury, disability, psychological impairment, developmental delay or through the ageing and dying process. 

With a focus on functional outcomes, occupational therapists are practical problem solvers and have a broad perspective of health and wellbeing, underpinned by a solid scientific base. 

Bond’s Master of Occupational Therapy is an extended masters, renowned for its unique blend of case-based learning, practical application and over 1000 hours of fieldwork embedded in the program. It is also the first Occupational Therapy master’s in Australia that gives you the choice between a research stream (preparing you for careers in research and academia) or a business stream (where you undertake business electives relevant to careers in management and/or the private sector).

Enhance your professional communication skills in real-world health and social care settings with the opportunity to partake in block placements in a variety of practice settings as well as clinical practice experience embedded across the program. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with a range of community partners in innovative research and business projects.

Program code: CC-63050

CRICOS code: 106625H

Program overview

Occupational therapy is a dynamic, diverse, and rewarding profession. You will work with individuals, community groups and organisations to help them overcome barriers imposed by illness, injury, disability, psychological impairment, developmental delay or through the ageing and dying process. 

With a focus on functional outcomes, occupational therapists are practical problem solvers and have a broad perspective of health and wellbeing, underpinned by a solid scientific base. 

Bond’s Master of Occupational Therapy is an extended masters, renowned for its unique blend of case-based learning, practical application and over 1000 hours of fieldwork embedded in the program. It is also the first Occupational Therapy master’s in Australia that gives you the choice between a research stream (preparing you for careers in research and academia) or a business stream (where you undertake business electives relevant to careers in management and/or the private sector).

Enhance your professional communication skills in real-world health and social care settings with the opportunity to partake in block placements in a variety of practice settings as well as clinical practice experience embedded across the program. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with a range of community partners in innovative research and business projects.

Program code: CC-63050

CRICOS code: 106625H

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About this 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 either the Clinically-focused Research Pathway or Business-focused Pathway. The Clinically-focused Research Pathway prepares you for entry into higher research degrees and careers in research and academia, as well as bolstering research networks and culminates in an individual research project that may be eligible for publication.  The 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 practising clinicians with up to date industry knowledge.

What you'll be studying

  • Foundational semesters

    Early in the program, you’ll learn the foundations of occupational therapy and complete a range of subjects from neuroscience, environments, work, play, multidisciplinary care, evidence-based practice and enabling independence. You’ll develop a critical understanding of common health conditions and the impact of physical and mental disabilities, as well as devising tailored solutions in terms of risk prevention, injury management, rehabilitation, and on-going care through the core curriculum.

Program features

  • Learn by doing

    Develop your skills related to the specialist practice of occupational therapy through extensive professional practice placements in a variety of settings. The program places a strong emphasis on practical experience with 1,000 hours of practice education across various clinical contexts.

  • A degree unique to you

    Choose a clinically focussed research stream to prepare for entry into higher research degrees and careers in research/academia. This stream culminates in an individual research project that may be eligible for publication. Or choose the business-focussed stream where you’ll undertake business and management electives, preparing you to work in the growing private sector, in leadership roles.  This pathway culminates in an industry research project where you’ll apply research and business skills.

  • Fast-track your way there

    Complete the full educational pathway to qualify as an occupational therapist in just 4 years of study. Undergraduate pathways include Bond’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Performance, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Health Sciences, and Bachelor of Psychology all of which can each be completed in two years. As such, this is a fast-track pathway to postgraduate qualifications and a high-level career in occupational therapy.

  • A pathway into Medicine

    If you are interested in pursuing a medical career, high achieving graduates of the Master of Occupational Therapy program may be eligible to enter Year 2 of Bond’s Medical Program (lateral entry pathway).

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Hear from our Bondies

  • I am from the United States and researching overseas schools can be an intimidating process. However, the more I read about Bond, the more I was convinced it would be the place for me to continue my education. The academics in the Master of Occupational Therapy program are leaders in the Australian Occupational Therapy community and their field knowledge added a practical twist to each lesson. My cohort was very multicultural which enabled me to see what healthcare looks like in various parts of the world. 

    Vivian Fitzgerald - Occupational Therapy alumna
  • The academics in the program go above and beyond to help their students in every way possible; they guide and mentor and are genuinely interested in helping students succeed. The academics have vast backgrounds as practicing OT’s and are very knowledgeable in their fields and are always approachable.

    Leandre Conradie - Alumna and Medicine student
  • I graduated from a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Exercise Physiologist) in Canada and worked for an organisation that supported people with development disabilities and their families. I eventually became a kinesiologist with a private company for three years but was looking to upgrade my skills. I took advantage of having occupational therapists as colleagues and talked to them about their role in helping others - I eventually pursued occupational therapy and enrolled at Bond! 

    Derek Ng - Occupational Therapy alumnus
  • Occupational therapy is such a diverse and rewarding career and can change people’s lives. The opportunities for OT’s seems to be growing due to demand, especially in the current climate. 

    Professor Susan Brandis - Head of Occupational Therapy
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Hear from our Bondies

  • I am from the United States and researching overseas schools can be an intimidating process. However, the more I read about Bond, the more I was convinced it would be the place for me to continue my education. The academics in the Master of Occupational Therapy program are leaders in the Australian Occupational Therapy community and their field knowledge added a practical twist to each lesson. My cohort was very multicultural which enabled me to see what healthcare looks like in various parts of the world. 

    Vivian Fitzgerald - Occupational Therapy alumna
  • The academics in the program go above and beyond to help their students in every way possible; they guide and mentor and are genuinely interested in helping students succeed. The academics have vast backgrounds as practicing OT’s and are very knowledgeable in their fields and are always approachable.

    Leandre Conradie - Alumna and Medicine student
  • I graduated from a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Exercise Physiologist) in Canada and worked for an organisation that supported people with development disabilities and their families. I eventually became a kinesiologist with a private company for three years but was looking to upgrade my skills. I took advantage of having occupational therapists as colleagues and talked to them about their role in helping others - I eventually pursued occupational therapy and enrolled at Bond! 

    Derek Ng - Occupational Therapy alumnus
  • Occupational therapy is such a diverse and rewarding career and can change people’s lives. The opportunities for OT’s seems to be growing due to demand, especially in the current climate. 

    Professor Susan Brandis - Head of Occupational Therapy
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