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Occupational Therapy (OT) has been named as the second fastest growing career in Australia and the fourth in the United States. Occupational Therapists (OT's) are dynamic and diverse professionals who enable 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. 

OT's are in high demand in hospitals, mental health, aged care, paediatrics, 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).

You can become an Occupational Therapist in just 2 years via our graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy, or 4 years via our undergraduate pathway programs coupled with the Master of Occupational Therapy.

Bond’s Master of Occupational Therapy program has full accreditation with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia up until 31 August 2023. 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 program is delivered from the Bond Institute of Health and Sport, situated within the Robina Health Precinct and nearby Robina train station.

The Bond University Master of Occupational Therapy is a graduate-entry program that builds on an undergraduate degree in health sciences or other related degree. Certain pre-requisite subjects in anatomy, physiology and the behavioural sciences are required. Please visit the program page for undergraduate academic entry requirements.

All enquiries about the program are welcome to contact: 1800 074 074 for further details.
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Possible undergraduate pathways through Bond University:

The following programs are also eligible undergraduate pathways into this program, meaning you can become a Occupational Therapist in just 4 years:

Bond undergraduate pathway programs*:Graduate-entryTotal study duration
Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science 
(2 years)
Master of Occupational Therapy
(2 years)
4 years
Bachelor of Health Sciences
​(2 years)
Master of Occupational Therapy
(2 years)
4 years
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
(2 years)
Master of Occupational Therapy
(2 years)
4 years
Bachelor of Psychological Science
​(2 years)
Master of Occupational Therapy
(2 years)
4 years
Bachelor of Social Science
​(2 years)
Master of Occupational Therapy
(2 years)
4 years

* Some prerequisites may apply, please refer to the specific program for more details

Female occupational therapist working with child

You will find Occupational Therapists working with patients across the human lifespan from neonates (infants) to aged care and end of life.  OT's work across the spectrum of services from acute care to community; in private and public settings including:

  • Aged care
  • Child health 
  • Community health 
  • Disability 
  • Independent living centres
  • Mental health 
  • Non-government organisations
  • Private practice
  • Public and private hospitals
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Research and development
  • Schools and tertiary education
  • Workplace health
Female occupational therapist working with disabled person

The National Disability Scheme in Australia (NDIS) is the most significant economic and social reform to impact health and human services since Medicare.  

It is a consumer centred model where clients are allocated funds to purchase support services such as medical equipment, and access to therapy services. 

Beneficiaries of the NDIS include people with intellectual, physical, sensory and psychosocial disabilities.  The scheme will be fully operational by 2019 and serve approx 460,000 participants around Australia.

The scheme will fund supports that assist a participant to undertake activities of daily living required, due to the person's disability. 

These are core areas for occupational therapy practice, hence it is logical that OT is the most accessed allied health service for adults with disabilities in the NDIS trials.

The Bond Master of Occupational Therapy not only includes the core competencies for OT's to be eligible for registration as an OT, but also evidence-based practice, management, business and research that are key components of the NDIS initiative.

Occupational therapy session

There is often confusion between physiotherapy and occupational therapy.  There are significant differences between the two professions, but also many areas where they overlap.

  • Physiotherapy (or 'physical therapy') is a health care profession with a focus on assessing, improving and restoring physical function.
  • Occupational therapy also looks at physical function - but extends this to consider how this affects your ability to engage in occupation such as daily activities, leisure and work.

Occupational therapy also addresses mental and emotional well-being.  Occupational therapists have the knowledge and training to work with people with a mental illness or emotional problems such as depression and/or stress. Occupational therapists are trained in adapting the environment or prescribing special equipment to help people reach their full potential.

Occupational therapists often work alongside physiotherapists, as part of a team of health professionals. While some areas may seem to overlap, (for example hand therapy); occupational therapists use and adapt occupations to treat or prevent occupational dysfunction due to physical, mental or environmental factors.

About Bond University

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Discover why Bond University is consistently ranked first in Australia for student experience and student satisfaction.

Created in the traditions of the world’s leading private universities, Bond University seeks to be recognised internationally as a leading independent university, imbued with a spirit to innovate, a commitment to influence and a dedication to inspire tomorrow’s professionals who share a personalised and transformational student experience.

We have an established reputation for offering innovative degree programs in a range of health-related disciplines and professions underpinned by Bond University’s commitment to providing excellent teaching, outstanding learning facilities and a first-rate student learning experience.  

We work closely with our valued partners including hospitals and health services, community and charitable groups, government and industry collaborators and our alumni to produce graduates who are work-ready and possess the leadership skills to improve local, national and global health and wellbeing.  

At Bond University, our class sizes are smaller in all modes of teaching meaning you will benefit from industry experts and internationally published academics who not only know you by name, but embrace an 'open door' policy and have a dedicated interest in your success. As well, our three-semesters-per-year timetable offers students a genuine competitive edge by allowing them to complete degrees and enter the work place earlier than is possible in most university courses.  

* Good Universities Guide

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Bond University students are the most satisfied higher education students in Australia, according to the 2017 Student Experience Survey results recently released by the Federal Government Department of Education and Training.

Students from Bond University rated their overall educational experience higher than students from any other higher education institution in the country.

Bond also received the highest ratings in Australia for teaching quality, learner engagement and learning resources, and the second highest for student support and skills development.

The Student Experience Survey (SES), which is the only comprehensive survey of current higher education students in Australia, also showed Bond to have the best career development and support services in the country.

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While Bond’s places are not subsidised by the government and full tuition fees are charged each semester on a subject-by-subject basis, cash flow relief is available through various government assistance packages or other lending options available to Australian and international students.  

If you are an Australian Citizen or a holder of a permanent humanitarian visa you may be eligible for assistance under the Australian Government program called FEE-HELP. From January 2016, New Zealand citizens who meet the eligibility requirements may also be able to access FEE-HELP.   FEE-HELP applies to undergraduate study and postgraduate coursework and research study.

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