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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Occupational Therapy

Not available to international students.
Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (FF)
1CM627
N/A
Online (FF)
1CM627
N/A
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
Full-time
2 year/s
Part-time
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
International on campus
No
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

SOCTH1

Award
Master of Occupational Therapy
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health
Allied Health Sciences

Occupational therapy (OT) is a degree-based health profession, regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Occupational therapists use a whole person perspective to work with individuals, groups and communities to achieve optimal health and wellbeing through participation in the occupations of life.

The Master of Occupational Therapy equips you with the skills and knowledge to improve the lives of the clients, families and communities with which you will work.

During the course, you will gain invaluable practical experience by completing 1,000 hours of health practicum, with the support of CDU academics and registered OT professionals. There are unique placement opportunities in the Northern Territory's regional, rural and remote areas.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students are encouraged to apply. CDU's Indigenous Student Support services are on hand to support you through your degree. This course offers international study opportunities and welcomes international students with CDU offering a dedicated international student support academic.

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course prior to enrolling.

Professional recognition

All students within the occupational therapy program will be registered by the College with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Under the National Law, all students are required to comply with a range of legislative requirements.

Credit transfers and pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

The Master of Occupational Therapy is a highly competitive course with a limited number of places. This means that although you may meet the minimum entry requirements for the course, you may not be ranked high enough to receive an offer. Subquotas are in place for First Nation and NT Resident applicants.

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification with at least a credit average (GPA of 5.00).

Please be advised short-listed applicants may be required to undertake an interview.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

The Master of Occupational Therapy is a highly competitive course with a limited number of places. This means that although you may meet the minimum entry requirements for the course, you may not be ranked high enough to receive an offer. Subquotas are in place for First Nation and NT Resident applicants.

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification with at least a credit average (GPA of 5.00).

Please be advised short-listed applicants may be required to undertake an interview.

Course structure

The course is undertaken online, with intensive on-campus residentials and placements providing the clinical learning.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(12 units)
160cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below.

SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health
SWK312 Social Research Methods
OCC511 Occupational Therapy Profession and Practice
OCC512 Enabling Occupational Abilities and Participation
OCC513 Humans as Occupational Beings
OCC514 Mental Health Approaches in Occupational Therapy Practice
OCC515 Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth
OCC516 Occupational Therapy Practice for Adults and Older Adults
OCC517 Occupational Therapy Professional Practice 1
OCC612 Occupational Therapy Professional Practice 2

  160 Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
OCC511 Occupational Therapy Profession and Practice CO OCC512 Enabling Occupational Abilities and Participation CO
OCC513 Humans as Occupational Beings CO OCC517 Occupational Therapy Professional Practice 1 CO
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health CO
Year 2
OCC514 Mental Health Approaches in Occupational Therapy Practice CO OCC515 Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth CO
OCC516 Occupational Therapy Practice of Adults and Older Adults CO OCC612 Occupational Therapy Professional Practice 2 CO

 

Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW or TAS

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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