Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

303053 v.4 Master of Occupational Therapy


Course CRICOS Code: 038781G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 2 Years


The Master of Occupational Therapy is a fast-track option to becoming an Occupational Therapist for those who already hold a bachelor degree in a health science or equivalent degree with at least a credit average pass. Occupational Therapists work closely with people of all ages to achieve a high quality of life, irrespective of age, disability or illness. Helping people, both as individuals and in groups, to function in daily living activities and promoting well being at home, in school at work and in leisure are of prime concern to the Occupational Therapist. Occupational Therapists take a holistic approach and are involved in client evaluation and intervention as part of the healthcare team. They also play a role in wider health issues such as community development, health promotion and policy making.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Applicants must have a bachelor degree in a health science or equivalent with at least a credit average pass. Evidence of studies in the human biosciences, psychology, behavioural or sociological science and research methods is required. If such evidenceis not available, applicants may need to undertake bridging units before commencing the MOT. International applicants must show evidence of English proficiency in either an IELTS (International English Language Test System) or TOEFL (Test of English as aForeign Language) test.

Specific Requirements

Applicants are advised that a Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance is required for students in this course. Please refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance section of the Handbook. Students are required to have a current Essential First Aid Certificate within four weeks of entry into the first year of the course. In addition, throughout the course, students are required to have passed all units in any one year before being allowed to proceed to the next year.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Extensive work experience, clinical specialisation or significant publication and research experience may qualify for recognition of prior learning.

Duration and Availability

The Master of Occupational Therapy course comprises two years full-time on campus study.

Course Organisation

The course comprises lectures, tutorials, laboratories and clinical fieldwork practice. Clinical fieldwork practice is undertaken in a number of hospitals and allied institutions with the cooperation of the relevant specialist and administrative staff. One thousand hours of fieldwork practice must be completed and requires a full-time commitment (working 40 hours per week) during the fieldwork component. There is no mid-year intake. The course requires full participation in all teaching and learning sessions. This requires that students have the ability to participate fully and are willing to act as subjects for their peer group, as well as being able to undertake those tasks required when working with people with a range of disabilities.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and for registration with the Occupational Therapists Registration Board of Western Australia. The course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials. In addition, students are required to purchase a laboratory coat, an approved clinical uniform and an anatomy authorisation.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

307082 v.1   OT 601 Human Development Science 4.0 25.0
307084 v.1   OT 603 Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice 10.5 25.0
307102 v.1   OT 605 Society, Health and Disability 4.0 25.0
307104 v.1   OT 607 Psychosocial Theory and Application 4.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

307083 v.1   OT 602 Human Life Science 8.0 25.0
307101 v.1   OT 604 Practice and Evaluation 10.0 25.0
307103 v.1   OT 606 Physical Medicine and Practice 4.0 25.0
307105 v.1   OT 608 Rehabilitation and Ergonomics 4.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

307106 v.1   OT 611 Mental Health and Counselling 4.0 25.0
307109 v.1   OT 613 Rehabilitation Practice 44.0 25.0
307111 v.1   OT 609 Childhood and Adolescence 4.0 25.0
307112 v.1   OT 615 Clinical Research and Practice 240.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 2

307107 v.1   OT 610 Clinical Neuroscience 4.0 25.0
307108 v.1   OT 612 Mental Health and Group Work 44.0 25.0
307110 v.1   OT 614 Clinical Rehabilitation and Practice 280.0 25.0
307113 v.1   OT 616 Clinical Research 4.0 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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