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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Australian Catholic University

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About

Occupational therapists play an important role in the lives of individuals and communities to enable participation in occupations of self-care, productivity and leisure. Students in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will gain the skills and knowledge to enhance the ability of people with impairments to body structure or function, or who experience physical, emotional or social disability, to adapt to and cope with the demands, tasks and activities of their daily lives.  Students will develop the ability to analyse and assess occupational performance, apply and evaluate interventions to enable occupational performance and collaborate and communicate effectively with clients, their families and colleagues. Up to 1000 hours of fieldwork and clinical placements are undertaken throughout the course.

An embedded honours program is available from third year for high-achieving students.

Areas of study

Occupational therapy.

Career opportunities

Occupational therapists often work as part of an integrated healthcare team in hospitals, community health centres, rehabilitation centres, private practice, mental health centres, work and accident rehabilitation, schools or early intervention, nursing homes and aged-care facilities, government policy units, consultative services.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program is fully accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia on the North Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses and accredited with conditions on the Ballarat campus. Full accreditation in Ballarat will be applied for in the final year (2027) as per standard accreditation timelines. The new program on the Canberra campus will follow the same accreditation processes with pre-commencement application in 2024 and full accreditation application in the final year (2028). Graduates of accredited programs will be eligible for registration as practicing Occupational Therapists with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and for membership of Occupational Therapy Australia. Refer to the Registration Standards for Occupational Therapy.

Practical experience

Up to 1,000 hours of fieldwork and clinical placements throughout the course. Before students begin professional experience for this course, they should review the mandatory state or territory legal and industry policy requirements. An overview of these requirements can be found via the ACU Work Integrated Learning Search tool.

Honours

Offered to students based on academic merit. The honours program is integrated across the third and fourth years of the program. Honours is awarded on the basis of successful completion of coursework and preparation of a paper for publication.

Fees and charges

Visit the ACU website for general information about tuition fees.

Essential requirements for admission

Inherent requirements: Students must meet essential components of this course (capabilities, knowledge, skills) to achieve the course learning outcomes.

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Prerequisites

NSW: English (Standard or Advanced) (Band 4) or English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) (Band 4) plus at least one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Band 2).

ACT: a study score of at least 133 in English-T (Major) or ESL (Major); and a study score of at least 97 in one of Biology-T, Chemistry-T, or Physics-T.

Admission criteria

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants who have completed one full year of higher education study at bachelor level or higher are considered on the basis of the selection rank from that study.

Read more about admission criteria for applicants with higher education study.

Other applicants

Also refer to the ACU general admission criteria.

Student profile

View the ACU student profile.

Further information

View all details of this course on the ACU website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2024)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2024 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
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