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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

CQUniversity Australia
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
15,720 AUD
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15,720 AUD
Inquire for more information
CQUniversity Australia

Program description

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Occupational therapy is a dynamic person-centred health profession. Practitioners support people of all ages, and their families, to engage in the occupations and activities of daily life, to optimise physical and mental health and wellbeing. Occupational therapists must be registered to practice in Australia, and may work in a range of government, educational, and industry settings, as well as in private enterprise, throughout the world. The aim of this accredited Occupational Therapy Course is to develop highly competent and autonomous occupational therapy graduates, skilled in inter-professional and person-/family-centred occupational therapy practice. To achieve this, the course is informed by contemporary research and occupational therapy theories and models. It is taught by occupational therapists and other suitably qualified professionals who are skilled and experienced in the diverse areas of occupational therapy practice. Although it addresses local, national, and global community needs, a particular emphasis is on training graduates to work in rural and regional communities. The occupational therapy course aligns seamlessly with CQUniversity's focus on social innovation and status as Australia’s first Ashoka U Changemaker Campus.

As a student in this course, you will learn to (a) recognise aspects relevant to the person, the environment, and occupations that represent strengths and barriers to occupational engagement, and (b) address these, to support people to achieve their goals. You will engage in a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical practice, including full-time placements, for which you will need to meet a number of prerequisite requirements (e.g., obtaining a blue card, having a number of immunisations). In your final year, you will further develop your skills by planning and implementing a small community-based research or evaluation project.

AQF Level: Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Admission requirements

English (4SA), and a Science subject (Chemistry, Biology or Physics)

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years or:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA of 4.0
    • completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United states of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

Entry scores:

  • Rank Threshold: OP:12 SR:75 ATAR:74.2
  • Rank Cut-Off: OP:12 SR:75 ATAR:74.2

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory units:

  • Introduction to Allied Health Practice
  • Fundamentals of Psychology
  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice
  • Life Course Development for Health Professionals
  • Introduction to Activity and Occupation
  • Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
  • Occupational Performance across the Lifespan 1
  • Understanding the Environment
  • Neurological Physiology & Measurement
  • Education and Learning: Colonisation and Decolonisation in the Cultural Interface
  • Health Promotion Strategies
  • Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan 2
  • Occupational Justice: Local and Global
  • Rural Communities and Health
  • Enabling Mental Health
  • Enabling Strategies in Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Enabling Work Participation
  • Professional Occupational Therapy Practice 2
  • Developing Occupation-Centred Community Programs
  • Specialisation in Occupational Therapy
  • Transition to Professional Practice
  • Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Research Methods for Health Professionals
  • Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Professional Practice 2

Scholarships & funding

The university offers a range of scholarships to support international students and encourages you to apply for one that's right for you. For more information about the scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

This program costs 15 720 AUD per term.


Exit awards:

CL13 - Diploma of Health Science



Core learning outcomes:

  1. Explain the complexity of contemporary healthcare systems and the multi-cultural and societal factors underpinning modern occupational therapy practice
  2. Demonstrate advanced contemporary occupational therapy skills, including professional written and oral communication, and their application in a complex healthcare environment
  3. Use a range of systematic information gathering and analysis skills to plan, implement, and evaluate occupational therapy intervention(s)
  4. 4. Apply appropriate standards of ethical, social, and professional behaviour in the context of occupational therapy practice
  5. Critically analyse, reflect upon, and apply knowledge, principles, and concepts related to occupational therapy in the completion of a course evaluation or research project
  6. Investigate, analyse, and synthesise research information and evidence from a range of sources relevant to occupational therapy and, more broadly, across complex health environments, in order to inform and improve ongoing professional practice
  7. Advance health promotion and education activities pertaining to occupational therapy within the broader health care context and across diverse settings
  8. Demonstrate application of ethical standards and practice while conducting research and evaluation activities.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is your gateway to a career in roles such as:

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Policy Maker in local and federal government.

As an Occupational Therapist you may find employment in a range of settings such as:

  • community health
  • industry
  • public and private hospitals
  • rehabilitation centres
  • schools
  • nursing homes
  • research institutions
  • centres for persons with a social, intellectual or physical disability
  • private practice.

About this institute

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4701 Norman Gardens QLD

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