Bachelor of Occupational TherapyBachelors Degree
The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy develops an understanding of the theoretical and practical components of occupational therapy, with a focus on general and specialist knowledge and skills. A combination of coursework and clinical experiences prepares graduates for employment in the health and human services sectors.
The course is taught by dedicated professionals, both academic and clinical, who have extensive work experience in the field.
|Course Learning Outcome
Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in all scholarly, intellectual and professional activities, including critical analysis, sound judgement and the use of research/evidence to inform clinical/professional practice.
Systematically apply knowledge creation strategies and practices to identify, create, represent, distribute, and enable adoption of practice based research.
Analyse and respond innovatively to the systemic, interpersonal and personal factors influencing health and disability across diverse communities
Utilize a sustainable and entrepreneurial approach to professional practice
Demonstrate an occupation focused and client-centred orientation to professional practice
Address legislative requirements, guidelines and standards affecting professional practice
Understand, articulate and defend the values base of occupational practice and occupational justice
|Knowledge of a discipline
Be grounded in an occupational view of health and disability across the lifespan.
Utilise appropriate evidence based occupational therapy assessment and treatment modalities to identify and address the occupational needs of a diverse community.
Develop, evaluate and document occupational intervention strategies for individuals, groups &/or communities.
Using reflection to guide continuing professional development.
Contributing to the development of various communities of practice through collaborative lifelong learning initiatives.
Sophisticated use of information technology to ensure communities of practice are inclusive of rural/regional practice settings.
|Communication and social skills
Work collaboratively to address occupational needs in a range of health, education and community teams and with an understanding of conventional and complementary therapies.
Provide leadership in identifying, assessing and addressing the occupational needs of individuals, groups and communities.
Demonstrate cultural safety in professional practice and proactive responses to Indigenous perspectives on health (worldwide).
Students gain clinical experience in all four years of the course in settings that may include aged care, hospitals, community health, mental health services, primary schools, industrial environments, private practice and a variety of health, education, and disability centres and services.
In order to meet the Australian Competency Standards for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists this course is structured in accordance with professional body recommendations. All students complete studies in the following areas:
Professional Areas: occupational therapy theory and practice; occupational therapy related to body structure and function; occupational therapy related to activities and participation; lifespan development and occupational transitions; evaluation of occupational therapy programs; health promotion; and professional experience/fieldwork.
Social Sciences: psychology and sociology for health sciences, Australian health care system, indigenous studies, research methods, and complementary medicine.
Biological Sciences: anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and neuroscience.
|Session 1 , Session 2
The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has received full accreditation from Occupational Therapy Australia and the Occupational Therapy Council, and is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates of accredited occupational therapy programs are eligible for national registration. Graduates are also eligible for membership of Occupational Therapy Australia.
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty two (32) units:
- all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; plus,
- one (1) unit from Part B; and
- one (1) elective unit selected from Part C of the Schedule of Units.
- A student can be excluded under Rule 2 Section 10 of the Rules Relating to Awards.
- A candidate who has twice received a fail grade in one of the following fieldwork placement units: (HLT10582 Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations; HLT10583 Communication Skills for Health Sciences; HLT10590 Home and Community Occupations; HLT10591 Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork; HLT10599 Health Promotion and Primary Health Care; HLT10600 - Advanced Fieldwork) shall be excluded for 12 months and may be readmitted at the discretion of the Head of School.
Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
|Level of learning
|Session 1, Year 1
|Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 2
|BIO01302 - Human Anatomy
|HLT10582 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations
|BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences
|CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System
|Session 2, Year 1
|Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 2
|BIO00307 - Human Physiology
|MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health
|HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences
|HLT10584 - Mobility and Personal Care Occupations
|Session 1, Year 2
|Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 3, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 4
|CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
|HLT10586 - Learning and Applying Knowledge for Individuals and Groups
|BIO10493 - Motor Control
|HLT10585 - Sensory Motor Assessments and Interventions
|Session 2, Year 2
|Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 3, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 4
|BIO10587 - Functional Kinesiology of the Upper Limbs and Trunk
|HLT10588 - Musculoskeletal and Reduced Energy Assessments and Interventions
|HLT10589 - Lifespan Development and Occupational Transitions
|HLT10590 - Home and Community Occupations
|Session 1, Year 3
|Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 6
|HLT10593 - Mental Function (Cognition) Assessments and Interventions
|HLT10597 - Mental Function (Psychosocial) Assessments and Interventions
|HLT10591 - Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork
|HLT10594 - Evaluation of Occupational Therapy Programs
|Session 2, Year 3
|Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 6
|HLT10592 - Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice
|HLT10595 - Education, Leisure and Play Occupations
|HLT10596 - Work and Employment Occupations
|Part C Elective (University-wide elective)
|Session 1, Year 4
|Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 7, and the remaining 1 double-weighted unit in Session 1, Year 8
|HLT10598 - Introduction to Complementary Medicine
|Part B Elective: select 1 unit from CUL00409 - The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples OR HEA10200 - Trans- and Intergenerational Trauma
|HLT10599 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care
|Session 2, Year 4
|Part-time students should complete the first triple-weighted unit in Session 2, Year 7, and the remaining unit in Session 2, Year 8
|HLT10600 - Advanced Fieldwork
|HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice
|Level of learning
|Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences
|Functional Kinesiology of the Upper Limbs and Trunk
|The Australian Health Care System
|Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
|Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations
|Communication Skills for Health Sciences
|Mobility and Personal Care Occupations
|Sensory Motor Assessments and Interventions
|Learning and Applying Knowledge for Individuals and Groups
|Musculoskeletal and Reduced Energy Assessments and Interventions
|Lifespan Development and Occupational Transitions
|Home and Community Occupations
|Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork
|Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice
|Mental Function (Cognition) Assessments and Interventions
|Evaluation of Occupational Therapy Programs
|Education, Leisure and Play Occupations
|Work and Employment Occupations
|Mental Function (Psychosocial) Assessments and Interventions
|Introduction to Complementary Medicine
|Health Promotion and Primary Health Care
|Transition to Professional Practice
|Research and Analysis in Health
|All undergraduate units offered by the University are included in this schedule