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Robert Gordon University Master of Occupational Therapy Overview

This Occupational Therapy degree at RGU will provide you with the skills to make a difference, working with people to overcome challenges in their lives. Working in a range of ways with individuals, groups and communities, you will use your specialist Occupational Therapy Skills to enable people to overcome challenges to participate more fully in life.  This is the first course in the UK offering a four-year Master of Occupational Therapy award. It has been developed in response to employer needs and key current policy and social directives. It will develop you into an Occupational Therapist who is; professional, resilient, creative, practical and dedicated to implementing contextually relevant occupational therapy services which promote and enhance health, wellness and quality of life for individuals and populations.

What You Will Study

This course involves a mix of academic, practice-based and community situated learning experiences. You will attend lectures, tutorials and workshops, and practical sessions are taught within the purpose-built clinical skills and home setting environments, engaging with volunteer patients to simulate patient scenarios during teaching and assessment sessions. You will also be facilitated in CPD engagement and integration of skills of reflection and clinical reasoning with person-centred evidence-based practice.

  • YEAR 1:  You will develop a basic understanding of the relationship between the person, occupation, health and wellbeing and the environment. You will learn the determinants of health and wider psychosocial and cultural influences on health, health promotion and the theoretical and practical components of occupational therapy. Professional practice and identity is developed, alongside interprofessional learning opportunities undertaken.
  • YEAR 2: You will explore wider theory of the impact of health on human functioning, and the application of occupation-based practice within a range of settings throughout the life-span. Interprofessional education, situated learning and practice placement opportunities develop clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills to underpin current and contemporary professional practice.
  • YEAR 3: You will have advanced opportunities to apply clinical reasoning skills and occupational therapy skills attaining proficient integration of academic theory and practice placements aligned with multi-professional study of research. You will develop your critical thinking, team working, and entrepreneurial skills in relation to professional practice and interprofessional learning, leadership and management.
  • YEAR 4: You will develop enhanced skills in critical and professional reasoning in relation to understanding new models of health care and provision of quality evidenced based, person-centred care. As well as interprofessional learning, you will undertake a research project and an elective placement.

Clinical Work Experience

Practice Placement experiences take place in a wide range of health, social care and third sector organisations throughout Scotland. The first four placements are sourced and predominantly arranged by the course Practice Placement Coordinator. The fifth is an elective placement sourced and arranged by you and may take place in traditional or contemporary emerging area of practice, either in the UK or internationally.

  • Year 1: One six week placement in Semester 2
  • Year 2: One eight week placement in Semester 2
  • Year 3: One eight week placement in Semester 1
  • Year 4: Two six week placements (One per Semester)

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Students are required to have a completed High school diploma minimum 85% GPA.

Prerequisites: English, Maths, and one from Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Human Biology.

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition

Robert Gordon University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.  Graduates are eligible for physiotherapy registration through then UK.   Graduates applying to licensing in Canada will be required to provide details of their program of studies to the relevant bodies and sit a licensing examination.

Students wishing to license as a physiotherapist in Canada should contact the  Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulators Organization (ACOTRO) for procedures and accreditation procedures. ACOTRO is the national federation of provincial/territorial regulators in Canada.

KOM Consultants understands the process and requirements needed to enter the Occupational Therapy profession in Canada.  Contact KOM Consultants for more information.  All students applying directly through KOM Consultants will be supported with the latest information on the accreditation process.

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Award Title:Master of  Occupational Therapy
Length of Program:4 years full time
Interview:Interview may be required for Robert Gordon University
Application Dates:Applicants are advised to apply 9 months in advance.
Annual Tuition Fees:Contact KOM Consultants for latest tuition fees 1-877-318-8203
Faculty:Health Sciences