Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
078172B
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (10/79)
  • Melbourne (65.50)
  • North Sydney (73.00)

Description

Occupational therapists play an important role in the lives of individuals and communities to help them look after themselves, be productive, and participate in leisure activities. To do this, occupational therapists need to know how humans function, and need the skills to practice competently and safely. You will learn how to analyse and assess occupational performance; apply and evaluate interventions to enable occupational performance; and collaborate and communicate effectively with clients and their families and colleagues.

You will undertake 1,000 hours of professional practice education, starting in the first year, working with people across the life-span to help them overcome physical, cognitive or societal barriers to participation.

This meets entry-level competency standards for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

High achieving Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • North Sydney (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 ALHT106
Psychology for allied health
BIOL121
Human biological science 1
OTHY100
Foundations of occupational therapy (Professional practice)
OTHY101
Health and occupation
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
OTHY102
Musculoskeletal structure and function
(Pre: BIOL121)
OTHY103
Pathophysiology for occupational therapy
(Pre: BIOL121, OTHY100, OTHY101)
OTHY104
Introduction to evidence based practice and measurement in occupational therapy
(Professional practice)
(Pre: OTHY100)
Year 2 - Semester 1 OTHY200
Neuroscience, neurodevelopment
(Pre: BIOL121)
OTHY201
Contextual determinants of health, illness and disability
(Community engagement)
(Pre: OTHY100, OTHY101 )
OTHY202
Ergonomics and occupational health and safety
(Professional practice)
(Pre: OTHY102)
OTHY203
Occupational therapy interventions for physical conditions
(Pre: Completion of all first year units)
Year 2 - Semester 2 OTHY204
Occupational participation and disability
(Pre: OTHY201)
OTHY205
Mental health recovery in occupational therapy 1
(Pre: Completion of all first year units)
OTHY206
Upper limb orthoses and rehabilitation
(Pre: OTHY203)
OTHY207
Vocational preparation and rehabilitation
(Professional practice)
(Pre: OTHY202)
Year 3 - Semester 1 OTHY300
Occupational therapy: Neurological Conditions 1
(Pre: OTHY200)
OTHY301
Mental health recovery in occupational therapy 2
(Pre: OTHY205)
OTHY302
Occupational therapy: children and youth
(Pre: OTHY200)
OTHY303
Professional practice education 1
(5 weeks Professional practice)
(Pre: OTHY203, OTHY205 )
Year 3 - Semester 2 OTHY304
Occupational therapy: neurological conditions 2
(Pre: OTHY300)
OTHY305
Research design for occupational therapy
(Pre: OTHY104)
OTHY306
Clinical counselling and group work
(Pre: OTHY301)
OTHY307
Professional practice education 2
(5 weeks Professional practice)
(Pre: OTHY303)
Year 4 - Semester 1 OTHY400
Occupational therapy: ageing, participation and health
(Pre: Completion of all second year units)
OTHY401
Professional practice education 3
(9 weeks Professional practice)
(Pre: Completion of all Third year units)
   
Year 4 - Semester 2 OTHY402
Allied health management and leadership
(Pre: Completion of all third year units)
OTHY403
Community-based rehabilitation and development
(Community engagement)
(Pre: OTHY204)
OTHY404
Advanced occupational therapy practice
(Pre: Completion of all third year units)
OTHY405
Professional practice education 4
(10 weeks, 1 day per week Professional practice)
(Pre: Completion of all third year units)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $9165 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites: English (Advanced) or English (Standard) (Band 4) or English as an Additional Language (Band 4); plus at least one of biology, chemistry, physics, or personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE).

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA) and one of biology, chemistry or physics.

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English and a study score of at least 25 in one of biology, chemistry or physics.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 4 1
Median OP to receive an offer 8 6
Lowest OP to receive an offer 13 10
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 95 99
Median Rank to receive an offer 86 91
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 74 81
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.90 99.20
Median ATAR to receive an offer 74.30 78.90
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 55.35 65.50
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.40 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 83.18 92.70
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 66.35 73.45

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
30 29.41%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 21 20.59%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 45 44.12%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 6 5.88%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 102 100%
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
55 27.78%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 5 2.53%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 117 59.09%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 7 3.54%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 11 5.56%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 198 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
64 31.07%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 6 2.91%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
7 3.40%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 104 50.49%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 12 5.83%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 12 5.83%
International students <5 N/P
All students 206 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (North Sydney), NSW
Apply through UAC

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Commence another ACU undergraduate degree and successfully complete at least one full-time year (8 units or 80 cp) of study, then apply for internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units, which will be compared with the entry score required for this course. Note - you will need to achieve higher than a pass grade for your studies to achieve required entry score.

Career paths

Graduates will be eligible to work in hospitals, community health centres, rehabilitation centres or private practice, mental health centres, work and accident rehabilitation, schools or early intervention centres for children, nursing homes and aged care facilities, government policy units or in consultative services.

Professional experience

Fieldwork and clinical placements are undertaken throughout the course.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website www.wil.acu.edu.au to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Professional recognition

The ACU Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has been developed to ensure new graduates will meet the competency standards of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and Occupational Therapy Council (OTC). ACU is adhering to accreditation requirements of WFOT and OTC in the implementation of the program. Full accreditation has been granted in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Graduates will be eligible for registration as practicing Occupational Therapists with the Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and for membership of Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Occupational Therapy on the AHPRA website (http://www.ahpra.gov.au/).

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Honours graduates may be eligible to undertake a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

More course information

Honours

Meritorious students may apply to undertake Honours in the third and fourth years of the course, subject to meeting the admission requirements and achieving a grade point average of 5.75 on the ACU seven point scale.

Determination of students who meet the requirements to enrol in the Honours program, and will be offered a place, will be the responsibility of the undergraduate course coordinator in collaboration with the Head of School.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

Occupational therapists play an important role in the lives of individuals and communities to help them look after themselves, be productive, and participate in leisure activities. To do this, occupational therapists need to know how humans function, and need the skills to practice competently and safely. You will learn how to analyse and assess occupational performance; apply and evaluate interventions to enable occupational performance; and collaborate and communicate effectively with clients and their families and colleagues.

You will undertake 1,000 hours of professional practice education, starting in the first year, working with people across the life-span to help them overcome physical, cognitive or societal barriers to participation.

This meets entry-level competency standards for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

High achieving Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
North Sydney
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 ALHT106
Psychology for allied health
BIOL121
Human biological science 1
OTHY100
Foundations of occupational therapy (Professional practice)
OTHY101
Health and occupation
Year 1 - Semester 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
OTHY102
Musculoskeletal structure and function
(Pre: BIOL121)
OTHY103
Pathophysiology for occupational therapy
(Pre: BIOL121, OTHY100, OTHY101)
OTHY104
Introduction to evidence based practice and measurement in occupational therapy
(Professional practice)
(Pre: OTHY100)
Year 2 - Semester 1 OTHY200
Neuroscience, neurodevelopment
(Pre: BIOL121)
OTHY201
Contextual determinants of health, illness and disability
(Community engagement)
(Pre: OTHY100, OTHY101 )
OTHY202
Ergonomics and occupational health and safety
(Professional practice)
(Pre: OTHY102)
OTHY203
Occupational therapy interventions for physical conditions
(Pre: Completion of all first year units)
Year 2 - Semester 2 OTHY204
Occupational participation and disability
(Pre: OTHY201)
OTHY205
Mental health recovery in occupational therapy 1
(Pre: Completion of all first year units)
OTHY206
Upper limb orthoses and rehabilitation
(Pre: OTHY203)
OTHY207
Vocational preparation and rehabilitation
(Professional practice)
(Pre: OTHY202)
Year 3 - Semester 1 OTHY300
Occupational therapy: Neurological Conditions 1
(Pre: OTHY200)
OTHY301
Mental health recovery in occupational therapy 2
(Pre: OTHY205)
OTHY302
Occupational therapy: children and youth
(Pre: OTHY200)
OTHY303
Professional practice education 1
(5 weeks Professional practice)
(Pre: OTHY203, OTHY205 )
Year 3 - Semester 2 OTHY304
Occupational therapy: neurological conditions 2
(Pre: OTHY300)
OTHY305
Research design for occupational therapy
(Pre: OTHY104)
OTHY306
Clinical counselling and group work
(Pre: OTHY301)
OTHY307
Professional practice education 2
(5 weeks Professional practice)
(Pre: OTHY303)
Year 4 - Semester 1 OTHY400
Occupational therapy: ageing, participation and health
(Pre: Completion of all second year units)
OTHY401
Professional practice education 3
(9 weeks Professional practice)
(Pre: Completion of all Third year units)
   
Year 4 - Semester 2 OTHY402
Allied health management and leadership
(Pre: Completion of all third year units)
OTHY403
Community-based rehabilitation and development
(Community engagement)
(Pre: OTHY204)
OTHY404
Advanced occupational therapy practice
(Pre: Completion of all third year units)
OTHY405
Professional practice education 4
(10 weeks, 1 day per week Professional practice)
(Pre: Completion of all third year units)

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $4790.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $38320.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $153280.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate, including studies in science. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Honours
The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program is embedded into years 3 and 4 of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Pass) program. To be eligible to apply for admission to the Honours program, a student must have completed 160 cp from years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy pass degree, with a grade point average of at least 5.75.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Graduates will be eligible to work in hospitals, community health centres, rehabilitation centres or private practice, mental health centres, work and accident rehabilitation, schools or early intervention centres for children, nursing homes and aged care facilities, government policy units or in consultative services.

Professional experience

Fieldwork and clinical placements are undertaken throughout the course.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website www.wil.acu.edu.au to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Professional recognition

The ACU Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has been developed to ensure new graduates will meet the competency standards of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and Occupational Therapy Council (OTC). ACU is adhering to accreditation requirements of WFOT and OTC in the implementation of the program. Full accreditation has been granted in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Graduates will be eligible for registration as practicing Occupational Therapists with the Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and for membership of Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Occupational Therapy on the AHPRA website (http://www.ahpra.gov.au/).

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Honours graduates may be eligible to undertake a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

More course information

Honours

Meritorious students may apply to undertake Honours in the third and fourth years of the course, subject to meeting the admission requirements and achieving a grade point average of 5.75 on the ACU seven point scale.

Determination of students who meet the requirements to enrol in the Honours program, and will be offered a place, will be the responsibility of the undergraduate course coordinator in collaboration with the Head of School.

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