Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
115821
OP/Rank
13/72 for Brisbane
Fees (first year)*
$8763 Commonwealth Supported
Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

Overview

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.

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Professional experience

You will undertake 1,000 hours of professional practice education.

Work placement

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.

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/).

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 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

Core Curriculum

100 level unit: 

Either

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

or

PHCC102 Being Human

or

PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

OTHY102 Musculoskeletal Structure and Function for Occupational Therapy


OTHY103 Pathophysiology for Occupational Therapy


OTHY104 Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Measurement in Occupational Therapy

(Professional practice)


Year 2 - Semester 1

OTHY200 Neuroscience, Neurodevelopment


OTHY201 Contextual Determinants of Health, Illness and Disability

(Community engagement)


OTHY202 Ergonomics and Occupational Health and Safety

(Professional practice)


OTHY203 Occupational Therapy Interventions for Physical Conditions


Year 2 - Semester 2

OTHY204 Occupational Participation and Disability


OTHY205 Mental Health Recovery in Occupational Therapy 1


OTHY206 Upper Limb Orthoses and Rehabilitation


OTHY207 Vocational Preparation and Rehabilitation

(Professional practice)


Year 3 - Semester 1

OTHY300 Neurological Rehabilitation 1


OTHY301 Mental Health Recovery in Occupational Therapy 2


OTHY302 Children Youth and Families


OTHY303 Professional Practice Education 1

(5 weeks Professional practice)


Year 3 - Semester 2

OTHY304 Neurological Rehabilitation 2


OTHY305 Research Design for Occupational Therapy


OTHY306 Clinical Counselling and Group Work


OTHY307 Professional Practice Education 2

(5 weeks Professional practice)


Year 4 - Semester 1

OTHY400 Occupational Therapy: Ageing, Participation and Health


OTHY401 Professional Practice Education 3

(9 weeks Professional practice)


  
Year 4 - Semester 2

OTHY402 Allied Health Management and Leadership


OTHY403 Occupational Therapy and Community Centred Practice

(Community engagement)


OTHY404 Advanced Occupational Therapy Practice


OTHY405 Professional Practice Education 4

(10 weeks, 1 day per week Professional practice)


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.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

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

Entry requirements

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:

StatePrerequisites

New South Wales

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) (Band 2 for all).

Queensland

English (Units 3 & 4, C) and one of biology, chemistry or physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Victoria

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.

Disclamer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

For current year 12 students 

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 

For non-school leavers

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements.

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study. 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

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).

Inherent requirement

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.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Adjustment factors

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.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Pathways

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.

Additional course information

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.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$8763 Commonwealth Supported

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.

Payment options

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. 

Explore your options 

Scholarships

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.  

Search our scholarships 

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Brisbane

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 115821

Deferment

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

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