The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy develops an understanding of the theoretical and practical components of occupational therapy, with a focus on general and specialist knowledge and skills. A combination of coursework and clinical experiences prepares graduates for employment in the health and human services sectors.
The course is taught by dedicated professionals, both academic and clinical, who have extensive work experience in the field.
Major areas of study
In order to meet the Australian Competency Standards for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists this course is structured in accordance with professional body recommendations. All students complete studies in the following areas:
Professional Areas: occupational therapy theory and practice; occupational therapy related to body structure and function; occupational therapy related to activities and participation; lifespan development and occupational transitions; evaluation of occupational therapy programs; health promotion; and professional experience/fieldwork.
Social Sciences: psychology and sociology for health sciences, Australian health care system, indigenous studies, research methods, and complementary medicine.
Biological Sciences: anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and neuroscience.
Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in all scholarly, intellectual and professional activities, including critical analysis, sound judgement and the use of research/evidence to inform clinical/professional practice.
Systematically apply knowledge creation strategies and practices to identify, create, represent, distribute, and enable adoption of practice based research.
Analyse and respond innovatively to the systemic, interpersonal and personal factors influencing health and disability across diverse communities
Utilize a sustainable and entrepreneurial approach to professional practice
Demonstrate an occupation focused and client-centred orientation to professional practice
Address legislative requirements, guidelines and standards affecting professional practice
Understand, articulate and defend the values base of occupational practice and occupational justice
|Knowledge of a discipline|
Be grounded in an occupational view of health and disability across the lifespan.
Utilise appropriate evidence based occupational therapy assessment and treatment modalities to identify and address the occupational needs of a diverse community.
Develop, evaluate and document occupational intervention strategies for individuals, groups &/or communities.
Using reflection to guide continuing professional development.
Contributing to the development of various communities of practice through collaborative lifelong learning initiatives.
Sophisticated use of information technology to ensure communities of practice are inclusive of rural/regional practice settings.
|Communication and social skills|
Work collaboratively to address occupational needs in a range of health, education and community teams and with an understanding of conventional and complementary therapies.
Provide leadership in identifying, assessing and addressing the occupational needs of individuals, groups and communities.
Demonstrate cultural safety in professional practice and proactive responses to Indigenous perspectives on health (worldwide).
A variety of assessment methods are used in this course including multiple choice examinations, essay style examinations, scenario based learning studies, tutorial workshop presentations, debates, written assignments, and clinical skills testing. For each unit there are 2 to 5 assessment items.
Teaching methods include regular face-to-face contact with academic staff in lectures, tutorials and clinical settings. A mixture of digitally-based media supports the lectures, seminars and tutorials, with an emphasis on small group work, problem-based learning, reflection and experiential learning integrated with theory and research. The course has a strong practical focus that allows students to develop a range of clinical skills, integrating theory and practice. Students gain clinical experience in a range of health care settings throughout the course where they are supported by clinical teachers and facilitators.
Graduates pursue employment as occupational therapists in diverse fields that may include aged care, hospitals, community health, mental health services, schools, industrial environments, private practice and a variety of health, education and disability centres and services.
Students gain clinical experience in all four years of the course in settings that may include aged care, hospitals, community health, mental health services, primary schools, industrial environments, private practice and a variety of health, education, and disability centres and services.
The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has received full accreditation from Occupational Therapy Australia and the Occupational Therapy Council, and is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates of accredited occupational therapy programs are eligible for national registration. Graduates are also eligible for membership of Occupational Therapy Australia.
|Duration||4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4.5 years minimum for students commencing Session 2
|Indicative ATAR/OP||84 / 8|
|Fees|| Commonwealth supported
|Duration||4 years full-time; 8 years part-time|
Qualification equivalent to Australian Year 12 with the required entry grade. Refer to the Course Structure tab for specific admission requirements.
|English language IELTS||
MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.
The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the ‘Connect Now’ button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.
Equipment and facilities
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
Occupational therapy students access up-to-date facilities and teaching areas including the daily living laboratory, simulation equipment, clinical laboratories, dry and wet anatomy laboratories, splinting facilities, and interview areas.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
Applicants for admission to candidature shall normally have satisfied the requirements prescribed in Rule 2 Section 2 of the Rules Relating to Awards and have attained a level of achievement acceptable to the School Board; and
- have an assessable level of English language proficiency to the standard required for registration as an Occupational Therapist as set out by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, from time to time; or
- have achieved a minimum score of 7.0 in an International English Language Test System (IELTS) on each of the individual bands of reading, writing, speaking and listening, or equivalent.
An applicant who has completed a Certificate III qualification will not be admitted solely on the basis of this qualification.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty two (32) units:
- all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; plus,
- one (1) unit from Part B; and
- one (1) elective unit selected from Part C of the Schedule of Units.
- A student can be excluded under Rule 2 Section 10 of the Rules Relating to Awards.
- A candidate who has twice received a fail grade in one of the following fieldwork placement units: (HLT10582 Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations; HLT10583 Communication Skills for Health Sciences; HLT10590 Home and Community Occupations; HLT10591 Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork; HLT10599 Health Promotion and Primary Health Care; HLT10600 - Advanced Fieldwork) shall be excluded for 12 months and may be readmitted at the discretion of the Head of School.
Schedule of units
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment
Session 1 Intake
Session 2 Intake
|Note 1:||Double-weighted Unit|
|Note 2:||Triple-weighted Unit|
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