This course will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and advanced practical skills you require in changing health and community contexts. Your studies will focus on emerging theoretical knowledge of occupation, clinical reasoning as a basis for reflective practice, management and evaluation skills, and applied research.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
What jobs can the Occupational Therapy lead to?
Occupational therapy clients may be individuals, groups or communities. Occupational therapists strive to assist clients to maximise or enable their participation in occupation - be it work, leisure or self care. As such, occupational therapy is practised in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, health centres, homes, workplaces, schools and housing for seniors. Clients are actively involved in the therapeutic process and the outcomes of occupational therapy are diverse, client-driven and measured in terms of participation or satisfaction derived from participation. Opportunities for work exist throughout Australia and other member countries of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
What you'll learn
apply occupational therapy knowledge, principles and practice to achieve client-centred and evidence-based outcomes
create effective occupational therapy solutions through critical analysis, reflective practice and professional reasoning
critically appraise information and apply it to contemporary occupational therapy
communicate effectively and appropriately to ensure active client participation, relevant documentation and reporting, and responsible sharing of professional information
evaluate and apply appropriate technologies to contemporary occupational therapy practice
develop and apply life-long learning skills to achieve professional competency
inform occupational therapy standards and practices through integration of local and global perspectives
practice occupational therapy in a culturally appropriate and respectful manner incorporating perspectives of multiple stake-holders
work in a professional and collaborative manner to meet ethical and legal responsibilities
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What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.
Specifically applicants require a bachelor's degree or equivalent in occupational therapy.
Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening/Clearance Section of the Faculty of Health Sciences webpage. Students are required to have a current Essential First Aid Certificate within four weeks of entry into the first year of the course.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)
Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.
Fieldwork requirements during the course
Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:
Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees
2023 Fee year:
2024 Fee year:
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.
Frequently asked questions
There are 3 different categories of acceptance due dates:
For countries listed here (Country List), acceptance due date is 7 weeks before course start date, as stated on your Offer Letter. If you have a GTE Finance or GTE Interview condition on your offer, you must submit the GTE documentation 2 weeks before the acceptance closing date.
For all other countries which are not listed in the list, the acceptance due date is 3 weeks before the course start date.
If you are currently in Australia on a valid visa, the acceptance closing date is 1 week before the course start date.
Curtin has a duty of care to ensure all international students have sufficient time to have their student visa issued and to arrive in Perth in time for the Orientation Week and the start of classes. The timeframes stipulated above allows Curtin to process your completed documents and for the Department of Home Affairs to issue your student visa in time. For more information on visa processing times, please refer to the Visa Processing Times on the Department of Home Affairs website.
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