Help people live a healthy and full life.
UON trains world-class occupational therapists. Our graduates work worldwide, helping people and communities overcome unique challenges to get the most out of everyday life activities. You might help children reach developmental milestones or manage their disability. You could assist older clients to return to their daily lives after a stroke or hip replacement. Or perhaps you will help people return to work following an accident.
As a UON graduated occupational therapist, your skills will be invaluable as you work closely with individuals to assess their unique situation, determine goals and put together a plan for success.
Why study with us?
- Our graduates get jobs: 96% of occupational therapy graduates from 2016 secured employment within four months of graduating.
- Learn from research leaders: UON is a global leader in medical and health science research, keeping you on the forefront of breaking research discoveries.
- World-class facilities: Our interactive, specially designed clinical skills laboratory includes a modified bathroom and kitchen and a virtual house and playground.
- Be work ready with 1,000+ hours of hands-on experience through clinical placements in public and private centres. You may have the opportunity to complete an overseas placement, or be eligible for international travel grants and scholarships.
- Tick the boxes for professional registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
What will you study?
Your occupational therapy studies at UON will teach you theoretical knowledge in biomedical, behavioural and occupational sciences. You will also have plenty of opportunities to hone your skills through hands-on professional placements. You will:
- Gain professional occupational therapy skills through case-based training and interactive team work activities designed to help you become a creative thinker and self-directed learner.
- Learn exceptional communication and interpersonal skills needed to work one-on-one with patients as an occupational therapist.
- Develop critical research skills that will set you in good stead for life-long learning in the field of occupational therapy.
Areas of study include:
- anatomy and physiology
- biomedical, behavioural and occupational sciences and therapy
- mental health
- sociology and community development
All UON occupational therapy students graduate with Honours, giving you a distinct advantage when seeking employment. As part of the honours component you can choose from two study pathways.
Our graduates are well prepared and enjoy great employment prospects with 96% securing jobs within four months of completing their degree. Careers in occupational therapy are immensely rewarding as you work closely with individuals to assess their unique situation, determine goals and put together a plan for success.