La Trobe University

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This program aims to give graduates from another discipline a professional qualification in occupational therapy. Occupational therapy deals with people's occupational needs and the loss of daily living skills that follow physical, emotional, psychological and social disorders. Occupational therapists help individuals to become more independent and maximise personal productivity, wellbeing and quality of life through occupational performance. Students develop knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment, the therapeutic use of occupations, intervention techniques, the design of equipment and adaptation of environments.


  • 80 weeks of coursework (40 weeks per year), including 1,000 hours of professional practice. First year includes a 4-week full-time professional practice block
  • second year includes two 8-week full-time professional practice blocks. Students enrol into 120 credit points per year.


  • Occupational therapy practice

Standard entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in health, education, social, psychological or biological sciences (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience) is preferred, completed within the last 10 years with an overall grade average of 65 per cent and a minimum grade average of 70 per cent in their final year of studies
  • Successful applicants without prior study in anatomy and physiology at an appropriate level must successfully complete a La Trobe University-approved anatomy and physiology bridging course
  • A Working With Children check is also required
  • 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 Master of Occupational Therapy Practice is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) and is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates of the 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.

Study pathways

High-achieving students may be selected for the Honours program (comprising an additional 45 credit points). Successful applicants who do not have a background in biological sciences, for example anatomy and physiology, must undertake bridging course.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne International: $82,000 No
  • Full-time : 2 years

Further information

Annual National Police Check ($15.90) and immunisations (A$500). Prices are approximate. Accommodation costs for any clinical placements may vary according to the venue and location. Course commences Summer 3 (February). All applicants are required to provide specific information in the Supplementary Form before the closing date. See the How to Apply section for the form and closing date. La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply.

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