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Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

Where will your degree take you?

The Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program has been designed to prepare graduates with the research, leadership and professional capabilities to collaborate with industry to address current and future practice issues, locally and globally. 

According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook, future growth in the demand for occupational therapists is very strong. The roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia, has increased the demand for occupational therapists in recent years while globally, the focus on helping people to stay at home longer (‘ageing in place’) continues to drive demand for professionally qualified occupational therapists. The global demand for occupational therapists has also been accentuated by the pandemic. 

Graduates will be qualified to apply to register to practice as an occupational therapist in Australia, North America, and many other countries.

Outcomes

Research and leadership

Graduates of the Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy may be competitive for advanced leadership and/or management roles in health, education or social care settings as they have developed advanced skills and in-depth knowledge in one or more areas including clinical practice, research administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development.    

Private and public health

Graduates can look for work in either private or public health services. Services in both outpatient and inpatient settings within clinical areas such as paediatrics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, chronic disease and mental health for example. 

Community health

Occupational therapists are highly employable in the following areas:

  • Workplace health and safety
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary education
  • Community health centres
  • Aged care
  • Organisations working with physically impaired clients
  • Organisations working with people recovering from a mental illness
  • Mental health services
  • Rehabilitation facilities

Professional accreditation

Bond University's Master of Occupational Therapy is approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.   

Upon completion of all requirements of the two-year Master of Occupational Therapy program, students who opt to pursue the Bond Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy are eligible to apply for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

Information for students planning to register to practice as an Occupational Therapist in the United States of America: 

Bond University’s entry-level Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program has been granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association(AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, USA. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is +1 (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all US states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure 

Bond University's Master of Occupational Therapy is approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.   

Upon completion of all requirements of the two-year Master of Occupational Therapy program, students who opt to pursue the Bond Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy are eligible to apply for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

Information for students planning to register to practice as an Occupational Therapist in the United States of America: 

Bond University’s entry-level Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program has been granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association(AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, USA. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is +1 (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all US states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure 

Program learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge, skills and abilities that will be achieved on completion of the program. These outcomes will help you determine whether this program aligns with your professional pathway, career and learning goals.