Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)


Program summary

Break down the barriers that people face every day.

Occupational Therapists help people overcome limitations caused by injury or illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of ageing. In this program, you’ll learn occupational therapy, biological and social sciences, public health, and functional anatomy.

Right from first year through to your final year, you’ll complete 1000 hours of fieldwork designed to give you professional skills and clinical experience in a wide range of settings and age groups. USC offers specialised facilities including a simulated independent living unit and allied health clinics to allow you to convert your knowledge into real life scenarios.

Gain research training experience and opt to undertake a research pathway (dependent on GPA). Our degree is fully accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, and as you graduate you’ll be eligible for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Placements are normally undertaken in a full-time capacity over 4-10 weeks but where required reasonable accommodations can be made to allow for part-time or flexible placement options. It is important to note that in order to practice as an Occupational Therapist in Australia graduates must be eligible to register with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Students should familiarise themselves with both the program specific inherent academic requirements and the registration standards of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (common and discipline specific).

Post-admission requirements

In the first year of the program, all students must obtain, or show proof of: a ‘Working with Children Check’ (‘blue card’), First Aid and CPR training, and immunisations (hepatitis B, MMR, DTPA, varicella); plus purchase an occupational therapy student uniform — refer to Program requirements. A Criminal History check is to be completed at the start of second year. Currency of each is to be maintained throughout the program.

Career opportunities

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


Occupational Therapy Australia Limited.


Registration is a requirement to work as an occupational therapist in Australia. Occupational therapist apply for registration through the Occupational Therapists Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).


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 Heath 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?


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

International students should contact USC International

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 dateas.

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

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