Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

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Program summary

Help people reach their potential

Occupational therapists help people overcome limitations caused by injury or illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of ageing.

In this holistic program, you’ll learn the philosophy and skills that underpin occupational therapy, and get the hands-on experience you need to enter the profession and help people break down everyday barriers.

In this program you will:

  • Study occupational therapy for children, adolescents, adults and older people
  • Build foundational knowledge in physiology, functional anatomy, psychology and wellbeing, and public health
  • Complete 1000 hours of fieldwork to build your professional skills and clinical experience in a wide range of settings and age groups
Post-admission requirements

In first year, all students must obtain (or show proof of):

  • a Working with Children Check (‘blue card’)
  • First Aid and CPR training
  • immunisations (hepatitis B, MMR, DTPA, varicella)

At the start of second year, students must complete a criminal history check. These checks and certificates must remain current for the duration of the program.

Students must purchase an occupational therapy student uniform.

This program includes supervised work placements. Placements are normally undertaken in a full-time capacity over 4-10 weeks. Where required, reasonable accommodations can be made to allow for part-time or flexible placement options.

This degree is fully accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Limited.

As a graduate, you’ll be eligible for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Career opportunities

Hospitals, community health and mental health, vocational rehabilitation, child and adolescent services, aged care, private practice.

Membership

Occupational Therapy Australia Limited.

Registration

Registration is a requirement to work as an occupational therapist in Australia. Occupational therapists apply for registration through the Occupational Therapists Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). Students should familiarise themselves with the registration standards of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (common and discipline specific).

Accreditation

This program is fully accredited with Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Limited.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Program structure

Introductory courses (9) 108 units

COR109 Communication and Thought
LFS103 Introductory Bioscience
LFS112 Human Physiology
LFS122 Human Anatomy
OCC101 Concepts in Human Occupation
OCC102 Participation in Occupation
PSY100 Introduction to Psychology A
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology B
PUB112 Public Health Foundations

Developing and Graduate courses (14) 180 units

HLT205 Health Research and Evidence
OCC201 Occupational Therapy Theory
OCC202 Therapeutic Skills
OCC212 Evaluation of Occupational Performance
OCC222 Neurological Causes of Occupational Dysfunction
OCC232 Foundations of Practice 1: Exploring Core Concepts of Professional Practice
OCC301 Enabling Occupation: The Child and Adolescent
OCC311 Enabling Occupation: The Adult
OCC312 Enabling Occupation: The Older Person
OCC321 Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
OCC322 Integrating Theory and Skills into Practice: Doing, Being, Becoming an OT I (24 units)
OCC331 Foundations of Practice: Identifying Occupational Therapist Skills in Practice
PSY203 Introduction to Human Development
SPX201 Functional Anatomy

PLUS one of the following pathways:

Project Pathway courses (4)  96 units

OCC401 Integrating Theory and Skills into Practice: Doing, Being and Becoming an OT II (48 units)
OCC402 Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy
OCC432 Occupational Therapy Innovation (24 units)
OCC442 Occupational Therapy Reasoning, Research & Evaluation (Project Pathway)

Research Pathway courses (4) 96 units

OCC401 Integrating Theory and Skills into Practice: Doing, Being and Becoming an OT II (48 units)
OCC402 Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy
OCC422 Occupational Therapy Thesis (24 units)
OCC452 Occupational Therapy Reasoning, Research & Evaluation (Research Pathway)

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 384

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete requirement as listed below

In order to commence fieldwork placement you must:

  • Hold a valid Blue Card from the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA), throughout the duration of your program. You should allow 12 weeks for PSBA to issue the card. This is required by Week 8 of Semester 1, first Year
  • Provide evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B (blood titre level after approved vaccination schedule)
  • Hold current Senior First Aid and CPR certificates (currency of certification is to be maintained throughout the program)
  • Purchase the required OT uniform
  • You may also be required to complete a Criminal History Check for particular placements, cost of which is to be borne by the student

For more information on mandatory requirements refer to Occupational Therapy - Placements.

Program notes
  • For Sippy Downs students some courses in this program will be taught at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations. Not all courses will necessarily include all methods
  • The Study Overseas Program is not currently available to occupational therapy students
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to the English language requirements
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?

Exceptions

The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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