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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy for 2014

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Why study Bachelor of Occupational Therapy?

Helping people overcome obstacles to participate in life makes occupational therapy one of the most rewarding health care careers you could choose. With this internationally recognised undergraduate degree, you could gain employment almost anywhere in Australia or overseas.

Diversity is the hallmark of occupational therapy practice. Occupational therapists work with individuals, families, and groups to assist them to overcome the limitations and restrictions that are caused by illness, injury, psychological, physical or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of aging.

They are employed in organisations and communities to address the barriers that prevent people's participation in accessing their community in ways that impact on their health and wellbeing. Occupational therapist work with people of all ages, so long as they have an occupational performance issues related to engagement in productive, self-care or leisure activities.

Occupational therapists provide solutions to promote health, wellbeing and functional independent give life back to people of all ages, who often struggle to perform simple daily tasks as a result of injury, illness, disability and developmental or behavioural issues.

Occupational therapists provide solutions to promote health, wellbeing and functional independence to people of all ages, who often struggle to perform simple daily tasks as a result of injury, illness, disability and developmental or behavioural issues.

You will learn to help people maintain independence, care for themselves, and re-engage in daily living, education, work, play and leisure activities. You will become sensitive to people's unique needs and the wider context in which they function. You will learn to work in teams with other health professionals, helping individuals, small groups and whole organisations and communities.

Our four-year course is delivered at our Peninsula campus. In your first year, you will study foundation knowledge units including occupational science, psychology, biomedical sciences and occupational therapy theory. In the second, third, and fourth years of the course, you complete occupational therapy specific units plus complete a total of 1000 hours of fieldwork education. Students complete their fieldwork placements in a number of agencies including hospitals, schools, early intervention centres, community health centres, vocational rehabilitation agencies, aged care facilities, community mental health agencies, and private practice agencies.

You'll get the chance to apply your evidence-based skills in the first year of the course and much more intensively in the final years.

If, during your first and second years, you achieve a distinction average (75 per cent or above), and rank among your peers in the top 10 per cent, you may be eligible for entry into the honours stream and be able to work on a supervised research project. If successful, you will graduate with an honours degree without an additional study period.

Professional recognitions

Australian

This degree is accredited by OT Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, meaning you could find work just about anywhere.

Some countries have specific registration requirements before foreign-trained therapists can practice there.

Domestic

Entry requirements

Clearly in ATAR score (2014):

  • 80.70 (Peninsula)

View entry requirements and applications for domestic students

Duration

4 years full-time

Fees for 2014

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Average annual student contribution
$ 8,850 AUD
Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Intakes

First Semester (March)

Attendances

  • On-campus at Peninsula: full-time

Faculty

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Course code: 3869

CRICOS code: 063700F

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Contact

Tel: 1800 MONASH
(1800 666 274)
Visit: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/ot

International

Entry requirements

View entry requirements and applications for international students

Duration

4 years full-time

Fees for 2014

Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee per 48 credit points
48 credit points represents a standard full-time course load for a year
$ 31,800 AUD

Intakes

First Semester (March)

Attendances

  • On-campus at Peninsula: full-time

Faculty

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Course code: 3869

CRICOS code: 063700F

Find out more

Enquire nowApply nowEntry requirements

Contact

Telephone: +61 3 9903 4788
Online Enquiry: Enquire Now

Admissions information for domestic students

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements

Equivalent Australian Year 12.

Minimum entrance requirements for non-school-leavers

Applicants are required to demonstrate their preparedness and aptitude for study by undertaking two single university level units, even if they have completed the VCE prerequisites or their equivalents. It is recommended that applicants choose units that correspond to the VCE prerequisite studies for this course (see next column) or units that form part of the course.

Applicants will normally require at least a credit average (60%) in recent studies to be considered for admission.

VCE prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL.

It is also recommended that students undertake VCE units three and four in at least two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Health and human Development, Psychology or Physical Education

International Baccalaureate subject prerequisites

A score of at least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL.

Extra requirements

ADDITIONAL YEAR 12 SUBJECT RECOMMENDATIONS

While not prerequisite subjects, it is recommended that students undertake VCE units 3 & 4 of at least two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Health and Human Development. Psychology or Physical Education.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Entry scores

Qualification Peninsula
2014 ATAR clearly in for CSP 80.70

Applications

Semester one (March)

Applications for on campus studies should be made online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre.

Admissions information for international students

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for non-school-leavers

Applicants are required to demonstrate their preparedness and aptitude for study by undertaking two single university level units, even if they have completed the VCE prerequisites or their equivalents. It is recommended that applicants choose units that correspond to the VCE prerequisite studies for this course (see next column) or units that form part of the course.

Applicants will normally require at least a credit average (60%) in recent studies to be considered for admission.

VCE prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL.

It is also recommended that students undertake VCE units three and four in at least two of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Health and human Development, Psychology or Physical Education

International Baccalaureate subject prerequisites

A score of at least 4 in English SL or 3 in English HL or 5 in English B SL or 4 in English B HL.

English requirements for international students

Gaining the required result in one of the following tests of English language:

A minimum overall IELTS test score of at least 6.5 with individual band scores required at 6.5 for Reading, 6.5 for Listening, 6.0 for Writing and 6.0 for Speaking.

A TOEFL minimum test score of either;

in the written TOEFL, 550 with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of at least 4.5; or

in the internet-based TOEFL, an overall score of at least 79 with at least 21 in writing, 20 in listening, 19 in reading and no less than 18 in speaking.

This course also accepts the Monash English Bridging Program as meeting the English language requirements.

Special entry requirements

ADDITIONAL SUBJECT RECOMMENDATIONS

While not prerequisite subjects, it is recommended that students undertake studies in at least two of the following (or equivalent): Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Health and Human Development. Psychology or Physical Education.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Entry scores

2014 international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course are available from the Undergraduate Qualifications Database.

Qualification Peninsula
International Baccalaureate 28
A Level GCE (Click on the Undergraduate Qualifications Database link above for details on how the A-Level score is calculated.) 9

Applications

Semester one (March)

Apply directly to Monash

Enrolment obligation

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than 25% of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students cannot enrol exclusively in distance and/or online learning study in any compulsory study period. See standard 9.4 of The National Code 2007.

  • At a glance

  • Career opportunities

    As an occupational therapist, you will help people of all ages overcome physical, mental, cognitive and/or social challenges to participate in everyday activities.

    You could work individually or as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team in a hospital, rehabilitation centre, supported-employment service, psychiatric clinic and on specialised programs for children, adults with physical disabilities, the elderly or people with developmental disabilities.

    With further study, you could specialise in a number of practice areas including health promotion, aged care, neurology, paediatrics, mental health, hand therapy, vocational rehabilitation, orthopaedics, and others. You could also work in management, private practice, education or research.

    There is a growing demand for occupational therapists, particularly in community settings, rural and remote regions of Australia, and internationally. With the establishment of DisabilityCare Australia, it is anticipated that this will be another growth area for occupational therapy career opportunities.

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