Master of Occupational Therapy

Curtin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00301J

The Graduate Entry Master of Occupational Therapy (GEM) course is a fast-track option to becoming an occupational therapist for those who already hold a bachelor degree, preferably in a health science or human service. Assisting people to participate in their diverse daily activities is what occupational therapists called 'occupation'. Occupation can be as varied as cleaning your tattoo, socialising with friends, driving a car, blow-drying your hair, holding a pen, participating in work and sport and living in supported accommodation. There are many reasons why people cannot participate: such as illness, injury or disability, and these can occur at any age. Occupational therapists work with people, organisations, groups or communities to identify barriers that stop engagement in occupation and then find interventions, strategies and solutions. The barriers can be as diverse as physical, social, attitudinal or legislative, so occupational therapists need a broad education.

Structure

This course contains core units only

Subjects

  • Occupational therapy

Standard entry requirements

Specifically, applicants must have a bachelor degree, preferably in a health or human science related discipline. Entrance into the course is competitive. Evidence of studies in the human biosciences (e.g. human biology) and psychology or behavioural science is required. If such evidence is not available, applicants may need to undertake prerequisite bridging units before commencing the program. International applicants must show evidence of English language competency as demonstrated by an IELTS (International English Language Test System) of 7.0 (or equivalent as defined by the Curtin's standard list. Please note CUTE is not accepted). Students are required to have a current Essential First Aid Certificate within four weeks of entry into the first year of the course.

Recognition

Graduates using the title registered health practitioner or the title of occupational therapist (OT) must be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the National Board). Registration for practice enables graduates, once registered, to practise occupational therapy in all Australian states and territories. Graduates can also choose to be a member of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and/or OT Australia (WA). The course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates may also apply for registration in most countries although some may involve sitting a licensing examination.

Study pathways

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Extensive work experience, clinical specialisation or significant publication and research experience may qualify for Credit for Recognised Learning. Further information can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Bentley - main campus No
  • Part-time : 5 years
  • Full-time : 2.5 years
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Flexible Delivery

Further information

Curtin University course code: MG-OCCT. If students need more course information, they may contact the relevant areas: For Current Students: Student Services Office, please see: http://students.curtin.edu.au/contact_offices.cfm. For Domestic Future Students: Future Students Centre, email: futurestudents@curtin.edu.au Tel: +61-8-9266 1000. For International Future Students: Curtin International, email: international@curtin.edu.au Tel: +61-8-9266 7331.

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