Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Course information for - 2023 entry
Offered at 3 locations
This is a four year course with an embedded Honours program.
Occupational therapists play an important role in the lives of individuals and communities enabling participation in occupations of self-care, productivity and leisure. 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.
High achieving Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.
You will undertake 1,000 hours of professional practice education as part of your degree. Each semester, starting in Semester 1 of your first year, you will undertake industry placements. These supervised placements are designed to help you apply and contextualise theoretical knowledge gained in your course work, into professional practice.
Fieldwork and clinical placements are undertaken throughout the course, working with people across the life-span to help them overcome physical, cognitive or societal barriers to participation.
ACU has strong industry ties with a range of health and community services for placements and significant stakeholder engagement with many health partners. We endeavour to place students in a variety of different locations to give students experience in various settings. Students should expect to benefit by a rural/remote placement during their course. Locations and settings of placements include:
• a range of private hospitals
• community health
• private sector and private practices
• non-government and charitable organisations
• aged care sector
• disability sector
Your placements start in first year:
• Year 1: Semester 1: ½ day placement;
• Year 1: Semester 2: 2-week full-time block (80 hours)
• Year 2: Semester 2: 40 hours simulated placement (one week).
• Year 3: 2 x 5-week blocks. These are scheduled after the end of traditional semesters in the inter-semester break, so you’ll need to check placement dates before making other commitments.
• Year 4: Semester 1: a 9-week block;
Year 4: Semester 2: 2 weeks (1 day per week for 10 weeks).
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 to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.
Year 2: Semester 1: 25 hours
Year 2: Semester 2 – 25 hours
Year 4: Semester 2: 30 hours
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.
To complete the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
|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|
OTHY102 Musculoskeletal Structure and Function for Occupational Therapy
UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society
PHCC102 Being Human
PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life
OTHY107 Infants and Children
OTHY108 Evidence-Based Practice and Health Conditions
Year 2 - Semester 1
ALHT210 Neuroscience for Allied Health
OTHY211 Social Determinants of First Peoples Health and Wellbeing
OTHY210 Physical Rehabilitation 1
OTHY205 Mental Health Recovery in Occupational Therapy 1
|Year 2 - Semester 2|
OTHY204 Occupational Participation and Disability
OTHY208 Clinical Counselling and Group Work
ALHT211 Research and Evidence - Informed Practice in Allied Health
OTHY207 Vocational Preparation and Rehabilitation
|Year 3 - Semester 1|
OTHY300 Neurological Rehabilitation 1
UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World
PHCC320 The Just Society
OTHY302 Children Youth and Families
OTHY303 Professional Practice Education 1
|Year 3 - Semester 2|
OTHY304 Neurological Rehabilitation 2
OTHY301 Mental Health Recovery in Occupational Therapy 2
OTHY310 Physical Rehabilitation 2
OTHY307 Professional Practice Education 2
Year 4 - Semester 1
OTHY400 Occupational Therapy: Ageing, Participation and Health
OTHY415 Assistive Technology
OTHY416 Professional Practice Education 3
|Year 4 - Semester 2|
OTHY402 Allied Health Management and Leadership
OTHY403 Occupational Therapy and Community Centred Practice
ALHT420 Global Perspectives of Community-Centred Practice
OTHY404 Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice
OTHY405 Professional Practice Education 4
This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
A student who has successfully completed 230 cp from units, and 10 cp from Core Curriculum units may exit from the course with following qualification:
- Bachelor of Allied Health
Additional course information
In 2021 we welcomed 89 new students to our Brisbane campus, 106 to our Melbourne campus, and 112 to our North Sydney campus. You can expect tutorial class sizes of approximately 25 – 30 students.
You can expect to have about 16–20 hours of face-to-face contact each week for 12 weeks of the semester in first, second, third and fourth years (on a full-time load). In addition, you will be required to attend professional practice placements full-time, for example, 40 hours a week for two weeks in first year and two x 5-week placements in third year. See more details under placement.
We understand the need for flexibility when it comes to your studies. For many of our undergraduate programs, lectures and tutorials are delivered face to face. Lectures provide an opportunity to engage with the lecturer and the occasional guest lecturers will provide specialist insights into the course content. Tutorials are where critical exploration of key concepts and development of attributes takes place. This is achieved through activities including group work, debate and role play.
Lectures are recorded and are made available online for students who cannot attend in person. Most tutorials and practical classes are held on campus.
Occupational Therapy sample assessment examples: online quiz, written reflective journal, oral presentation, poster, written examination, written assignment.
Sample unit assessment criteria:
OTHY204 Occupational Participation and Disability
• Assessment 1 (20%)
Case-based group presentation: students will, in groups of three, deliver a 15 minute oral presentation to demonstrate skills in gathering and presenting material related to evaluating the impact of the physical, social and technological environment on occupational participation and communication for a client with a disability.
• Assessment 2 (50%): written assignment (2,000 word essay)
Students will write on the National Disability Insurance Scheme to develop skills to synthesise and analyse societal, political, environmental and other factors impacting the community participation and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.
• Assessment 3 (30%): post community engagement critical reflection
Students will write a 1,500 word reflection on their preparation for community engagement and the community engagement experience.
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 5.5 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.
Overseas study available
Each year ACU’s Faculty of Health Sciences offers a number of destinations where students can undertake a community engagement unit or professional practice placement abroad as part of their studies. These include in Vietnam, Vanuatu and Timor Leste. These activities are facilitated through our ACU overseas partners. Most of these experiences are offered to students enrolled in their third or final year of study at ACU.
You might also choose to study an Occupational Therapy unit at ACU’s Rome Campus over the June - July or December - January breaks.
Please note: overseas travel opportunities are subject to public health restrictions in place at the planned time of travel.
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).
If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.
Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.
There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.
Honours graduates may be eligible to undertake a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.
ACU offers a number of postgraduate courses suitable for Bachelor of Occupational Therapy graduates including:
Postgraduate programs in Rehabilitation
Postgraduate programs in Mental Health
You can find out more on postgraduate programs in Health Sciences here – https://www.acu.edu.au/about-acu/faculties-directorates-and-staff/faculty-of-health-sciences/postgraduate-study-in-health-sciences
- Unit fee: $5184
- Average first year fee: $41472
- Estimate total cost: $165888
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.
You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.
You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.
How to apply
Additional application information
This is a four year course with an embedded honours program.
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.