You'll undertake a minimum of 1000 hours of practicum placements when studying occupational therapy at Deakin, starting in year one. Placements are conducted in a range of settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics, community health organisations and industry. Occupational therapy has experienced one of the strongest growth rates in the health industry over the past 10 years. You'll graduate ready to change the world with this globally-accredited degree.
Undergraduate (your first degree)
An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.
Postgraduate (further study)
A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.
Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)
Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.
Get unparalleled experience
You’ll have a number of occupational therapy work placements throughout your course, which start in your first year. Practice education (or fieldwork) gives you the opportunity to gain valuable skills under the supervision of qualified practitioners.
Occupational therapy simulations for learning
With Deakin's award-winning simulated learning resource, develop a wide array of discipline specific skills with over 30 authentic and carefully designed work-integrated learning challenges.
The occupational wellness and lifestyle program has been my favourite subject, it gave me the opportunity to practise and apply skills in the community.
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Roles exist in areas as diverse as acute, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals, schools, community health, mental health programs, workplace rehabilitation, government, private practice and also research.
Our graduates have found employment with the following organisations:
- Alfred Health
- Barwon Health
- Bellarine Community Health
- Department of Education
- private occupational therapy practice
- special schools
- Western District Health.
Our course is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand Ltd) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, allowing graduates to practice professionally in Australia and overseas.
Overseas placement opportunities
In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to apply and undertake a placement overseas. Selected students can gain international experience in either India or Denmark.
We're here to help
If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in occupational therapy, we'll help get you there.
Jobs that help people: exploring occupational therapy
Discover how occupational therapists can help people in need in all aspects of everyday life and how you can become an occupational therapist at Deakin.
Research with us
Our researchers in occupational therapy have broad experience in topics such as design for inclusion, carer support, childhood intervention and development, speech therapy and self-determination.
Recent Deakin research
Dr Genevieve Pepin is the course director and honours coordinator of Deakin’s occupational therapy course. Dr Pepin’s research is focused on mental health and, in particular, eating disorders.
Dr Pepin has led a series of successful workshops to provide a forum and support to carers looking after someone suffering from an eating disorder, which was then trialled across Victoria with the Eating Disorders Foundation of Victoria.
‘Caring for someone with an eating disorder can be difficult and is associated with significant strain, worry, stress and fatigue. Carers are an invaluable part of an eating-disorder sufferer’s recovery and treatment; it is therefore important that we provide support for the carers as well,’ Dr Pepin says.
Occupational therapy at Deakin
Caitlin and Alex's stories
Hear from two of Deakin's graduates about what a career as an occupational therapist in rehabilitation and mental health looks like. Learn how Deakin prepares you for employment in different settings as an OT by providing a variety of work placements from your first year onwards.
Get an insight into studying occupational therapy at Deakin and some of the career pathways available. Learn about Tim's journey to becoming an occupational therapist in a hospital setting, and how Deakin helped to prepare him for his work and research.
Deakin OT students in action
Hear from Deakin occupational therapy students and the course director about how Deakin prepares you for a rewarding career in health. You'll be taught by industry experts and gain 1000+ hours of practical experience, ensuring you graduate ready to work as a confident and competent occupational therapist.
Browse other disciplines within health sciences and allied health
Choose an area that you're interested in and learn how Deakin's extensive range of study options and experiences can help turn your dreams into reality.