Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
This combined degree focuses on helping people regain daily life skills. Students learn how to assess clients and develop intervention plans for individuals, groups and communities of people who experience difficulties doing what they need, want or expect to be able to do. Students develop these skills through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical workshops, clinical practice, and online learning. In first and second year students study the fundamentals of anatomy, interprofessional practice, health research and the determinants of health. Students will also study two electives in any subject area, from humanities and languages to business and education. In third and fourth year students focus on occupational therapy subjects, in particular the specialised therapy needs of children, youth, adults and older adults. In third and fourth year, students have the chance to put knowledge into practice through 1,000 hours of clinical placement. This will give them first-hand experience working in hospitals, community agencies, schools and rehabilitation centres, and give students the skills to work with all kinds of people, from children with developmental delay to employees recovering from work-related injuries. Subject to completion of local requirements, graduates may be eligible to apply to practice in other countries including the UK, North America and Sweden. The course structure lets students complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
First year is an interdisciplinary common year including subjects from across health sciences. The focus is on basic human biosciences, factors influencing health, and understanding the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. Second year introduces students to concepts of participation in occupation through a service learning subject in local schools. Students will further explore human biosciences and public health. Studies include the sociology of health and illness, and integrating research evidence into practice. First and second year allows students to take one elective from any faculty. Third and fourth year are centred on a hybrid model of problem-based learning (PBL). During these two years, students will undertake placements in clinical settings.
- Occupational therapy, determinants of health and wellbeing, physiology, anatomy.
Standard entry requirements
- Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
- International students must meet the academic and English language requirements of this course. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand). Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice may be eligible to apply for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
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This course has a clinical component. Students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to Bendigo after first year (regional students cannot transfer to the Melbourne campus). Only local students may start this course at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton. International students can study this program at Bendigo or Melbourne campuses. Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisations.