Master of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
This master degree provides you with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to become an innovative and competent occupational therapist.
With a strong focus on practical skills, you will complete a substantial 1,000 hours of clinical field placements during your studies. This real-world experience will constitute a large portion of your learning. It is here that you will gain valuable practical skills that will enable a seamless transition from study to the workforce. Important industry connections will be made during these clinical placements.
Patient outcomes are also a focus and therefore communication and relationship skills essential for patient care are key components.
All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program.
All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the program.
If you already have an undergraduate degree and want to become a registered occupational therapist, this is the degree for you.
When you study this degree at the University of South Australia you will be studying at a university that has more than 40 years’ experience teaching in this field.
You will also benefit from our research, 97 per cent of which is at or above world class1. It is this innovative research that the curriculum is based on, meaning your degree is industry-informed, relevant and up-to-date.
12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
Many of our teachers are practicing occupational therapists and accomplished researchers, which means you are not only offered exceptional learning opportunities but also valuable industry contacts.
A major focus of your study will be centred on practical learning and you will complete 1,000 hours of clinical field placements. During this time you will build important industry relationships and valuable networks.
Occupational therapists assist people in managing physical constraints caused by injury or illness, as well as emotional, developmental, environmental, societal, age-related and psychological limitations, such as autism and dementia. They help people of all ages achieve their goals, optimise their lifestyles and actively participate in society irrespective of personal and environmental limitations.
A successful occupational therapist is practical, logical, attentive and observant. You will enjoy working with people and be mentally and physically capable – this field of work is immensely rewarding, but can also offer challenges, which you need to be ready to manage. If you think you are capable of meeting these challenges, and are ready for a rewarding and stimulating career, then a career in occupational therapy may be for you.
As an occupational therapist you can gain employment in a range of settings, including:
Job growth in this sector is looking good, with strong growth expected in Australia through to November 20201.
1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015
This program is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Ltd.
This program is approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia for the purpose of professional registration as an occupational therapist in Australia.
This program is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists
You will study the major theoretical approaches and skills occupational therapists use to work with a broad range of clients.
Practical learning is a strong focus of this master degree and you will practice your skills in real clinical scenarios when you complete 1,000 hours of field placements. Placements will take place in a variety of settings.
The importance of critical thinking, superior communication skills, ethical action and problem solving are also explored in depth.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.
Take a look at the global opportunities available.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice GE||REHB 5109||4.5|
|Enabling Occupation 1||REHB 5105||4.5|
|Occupational Therapy Field Practice 1||REHB 5070||4.5|
|Evidence Based Practice Skills||REHB 5108||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|Human Neuroscience GE||BIOL 5013||4.5|
|Enabling Occupation 2||REHB 5106||4.5|
|Enabling Occupation 3||REHB 5107||4.5|
|Occupational Science (GE)||REHB 5110||4.5|
|First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)|
|Occupational Therapy Field Practice 2||REHB 6005||4.5|
|Enabling Occupation 4||REHB 6012||4.5|
|Occupational Therapy Field Practice 3A||REHB 6014||4.5|
|Evidence Based Practice GE||HLTH 6012||4.5|
|Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)|
|Enabling Occupation 5||REHB 6013||4.5|
|Occupational Therapy Field Practice 3B||REHB 6015||4.5|
|Occupational Therapy Field Practice 4||REHB 6006||9|
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