Otago Polytechnic

Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice

Location

Online for both domestic and international students

Duration
One year full-time; four years part-time
Delivery

Taught via extensive online resources

Credits
120
Level
8
Start
February and July
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Distance
    19 February 2018
    14 May 2018 - 15 June 2018
    17 April 2017 - 28 April 2017
    25 September 2017 - 29 September 2017

Are you already registered as an occupational therapist? Do you want to gain an advanced level of knowledge in your chosen practice area and broaden your career options?

Then this is the programme for you! Undertake further specialised education and gain the higher level knowledge and skills relevant for international practice, enabling you to apply for employment positions that are recognised as expert clinical posts, or to move into managerial positions, both within New Zealand and overseas. Your learning may also provide you with the confidence to move into new areas where the role of occupational therapy is only emerging. Alternatively, you may choose to pursue a career in academia or policy development and this qualification will allow you to staircase into the Master of Occupational Therapy.

Acquire the skills to engage in evidence-based practice. Deepen your understanding of the body of knowledge that informs day-to-day occupational therapy practice so you can contribute to its ongoing evolvement. Consisting of four one-semester courses, choose to complete just one postgraduate course, or more, depending on your goals. Courses are delivered 100% by distance.

If you complete two, one semester courses, you can exit early with a Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy Practice.

Entry requirements
  • You must hold a Diploma OR Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from a World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) approved programme (OR equivalent), OR a Certificate of Registration (New Zealand).
  • If you hold a Diploma or Certificate of Registration, you must also provide evidence of commitment to further education and two confidential referees attesting to your ability to manage postgraduate study.
  • You must provide evidence of employment as an occupational therapist (Annual Practising Certificate), although this can be waived in certain circumstances.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.5.
Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity, academic records, proof of residency (where appropriate) and curriculum vitae.

Selection procedure

Applicants will apply using the Otago Polytechnic online application form. Each application is assessed against the entry requirements. Should the number of applicants who meet the entry requirements exceed the available places, applicant will be placed on a waiting list in date order.

Additional costs

As this programme is taught via extensive online resources, you must budget for internet access as well as for printing of readings/course materials.

You will study

This Postgraduate Diploma consists of four courses. Domestic students will complete the compulsory Research for Practice course and select three others from the range of elective courses offered to make up your qualification. Plan your own progress through the programme choosing which courses you prefer to take first.

All courses are at Level 8 of the National Qualifications Framework. Please note that not all elective courses are offered every year. Please contact the School of Occupational Therapy for the current list of available electives.

If you are an international student interested in studying with us, please contact the School of Occupational Therapy by emailing info@op.ac.nz.

Your workload

Each course is worth 30 credits, equating to approximately 300 study hours. If you are completing one course per semester, you should allocate approximately 18 - 19 hours per week for attendance at fortnightly web-based sessions, online discussions and reading, as well as research for your assessments.

Further study options

You can choose to move in to the Master of Occupational Therapy qualification at any point as you progress through the Postgraduate Diploma courses. Your path of study will be discussed with the Masters Coordinator to ensure that you have completed the required academic entry criteria for the subsequent programme. 

Domestic qualification structure

Please note: Not all electives are offered every year. Please contact the School of Occupational Therapy for more information. 

SMS Code

Course Title

Level

Credit

 

 Compulsory Course

 

 

 PD435001

 Research for Practice

 8

30 

 

 Electives: Select three courses

 

 

PD401002

Clinical Reasoning

8

30

PD412002 

Evidence in Practice

30 

PD421002 

Supervision for the Helping Professions 

30

PD430002

Outcome Measures and Occupational Therapy Practice 

30 

PD425002

Risk: An Occupational Perspective

8

30

PD408004

Negotiated Study

8

30

PD408005

Negotiated Study

8

30

PD422002

Client Education

8

30

PD424003

Motivation and Behavioural Change

8

30

PD426002

Occupational Therapy in Primary and Population Health

8

30

PD429002

Using Sensory Processing Principles with Diverse Populations

8

30

PD431002

Specialty Practice

8

30

PD434002

Vocational Rehabilitation

8

30

PD437001

Low Vision Rehabilitation

8

30

 

Programme totals

 

120

Postgraduate academic staff

Jackie Herkt - Academic Leader

Jackie.herkt@op.ac.nz

Helen Jeffery- Lecturer/Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator

Helen.jeffery@op.ac.nz

Debbie Davie - Administrator, Postgraduate Programmes

Debbie.davie@op.ac.nz

Dr. Linda Robertson - Principal Lecturer

Linda.robertson@op.ac.nz

Sian Griffiths - Senior Lecturer/Honours Coordinator

Sian.griffiths@op.ac.nz

Dr. Mary Butler - Senior Lecturer/Masters Coordinator

Mary.butler@op.ac.nz

Rita Robinson - Lecturer

Rita.robinson@op.ac.nz

For more details, please visit our staff page.

Postgrad Post newsletter

Check out our latest issue. If you would like to see any earlier issues, please contact Debbie.davie@op.ac.nz

Student loans/allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.

Links to useful websites

Looking for a job as an occupational therapist? Check out New Zealand Careers or Health Careers.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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