Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice

Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Occupational Therapy

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Entry requirements

Occupational therapists entering this programme must hold a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or equivalent.
International applicants for whom English is a second language are required to have an IELTS overall band score (Academic) of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.5 in each band. These IELTS scores align with what is required to apply for registration as an occupational therapist in Aotearoa New Zealand. Applicants who do not meet all the academic requirements for entry into the programme can make an application to the Head of School, who will consider the application on a case-by-case basis. Entry to the programme will be at the Head of School's discretion.

Selection Criteria*
Ākonga who meet the entry criteria will be offered places in order of acceptance to the programme, until all places are full. They will then be placed on a waiting list and informed if a place becomes available.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice is to prepare graduates to be recognised as expert clinicians and leaders in their chosen area of practice. They will have advanced knowledge, and sound professional reasoning skills enabling them to role model, mentor, supervise and/ or lead others within the occupational therapy profession and related fields. Rigorous intellectual analysis and sound professional reasoning will enable graduates to move into new areas of practice where occupational therapy roles are emerging and to advocate for and influence the future direction of occupational therapy practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Rehabilitation Therapies at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

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Phone: (03) 477 3014
Fax: (03) 471 6870

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