Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

*Subject to accreditation and University approval

Make a meaningful difference in the community with an occupational therapy degree. You’ll assist and empower people to overcome limitations in their daily lives and occupations. Our program has special focus on occupational therapy in rural and remote settings and being equipped to handle the unique challenges of these areas.

Course outline

You’ll play a key role helping patients adapt to their ‘new normal’ by providing guidance and the physical skills required to modify and undertake daily tasks. You’ll also be key in helping people achieve participation in recreational/leisure activities that are important to them in enjoying a fulfilling lifestyle.

Our program focuses on contemporary occupational therapy practice and is based on real-life scenarios and cases. It takes four years full-time to complete and covers a variety of topics. Some subjects are delivered with other health professional students so you will have an interprofessional experience.

Learn in the field

Clinical placement fieldwork is a compulsory component of the program. These placements occur from the very beginning of the course and in the later years of our program, there are significant amounts of work-integrated learning, which means you will be in the field working alongside occupational therapists to develop your skills and clinical decision-making for much of the time.

Career opportunities

Occupational therapists are employed in public and private hospitals, medical rehabilitation centres, community health centres, home care services, aged care facilities, psychiatric clinics, hostels and hospitals, vocational rehabilitation centres, schools and educational facilities, independent living/respite centres and private practice. Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan, in injury prevention and management and with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Other roles are:

  • Art therapist
  • Dance movement psychotherapist
  • Ergonomist
  • Health promotion specialist
  • High intensity therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Sports therapist

The finer details

Duration: 4 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Location: Gippsland (Churchill)

Application:

  • VTAC/Direct

Note: This course is only available for domestic applicants.

Entry requirements

Year 12

  • Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of any mathematics or Units 3 and 4: one of Biology, Chemistry, Health and Human Development, Physical Education, Physics or any mathematics
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in any English

Non-Year 12

  • HE, VET and/or work/life experience

Extra requirements

  • Applicants must obtain police check, Working With Children Check (WWCC) and immunisation (Statement of currency) prior to enrolment

Professional recognition

  • Subject to accreditation by Australian Occupational Therapy Council (OTC)

Sample course structure

Year 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 1
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 2
  • Life Span Development for Health
  • Health and Healthcare in Australia
  • Communication Skills for Health Professionals
  • Foundations of Allied Health Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Occupation and Occupational Therapy
  • Enabling Occupation Through Partnerships

Year 2

  • Rural and Remote Public and Primary Health Care
  • Health Professional Research 1
  • Health Promotion for Health Professionals
  • Psycho-Emotional Determinants of Occupation
  • Contextual Determinants of Occupation
  • Physical and Cognitive-Neurological Determinants of Occupation
  • Clinical Medicine for Therapy

Year 3

  • Rural and Urban Practice 1
  • Rural and Urban Practice 2
  • Occupational Therapy Honours Project Proposal
  • Enhancing Practice Capabilities
  • Professional Practice Preparation
  • Health Professional Research 2

Year 4

  • Health Policy and Planning
  • Contemporary Issues for Health Professionals
  • Health Law and Ethics, Reflective Practice
  • Advancing Professional Practice
  • Advanced Rural or Urban Occupational Therapy Practice