Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Occupational therapists play an important role in the lives of individuals and communities to help them look after themselves, be productive, and participate in leisure activities. To do this, occupational therapists need to know how humans function, and need the skills to practice competently and safely. Students 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. They will undertake 1,000 hours of professional practice education, starting in the first year, working with people across the life-span to help them overcome physical, cognitive or societal barriers to participation. This meets entry-level competency standards for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). High achieving Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students can undertake honours in the third and fourth years, provided they meet admission requirements.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW prerequisites: English (Advanced) or English (Standard) (Band 4) or English as a Second Language (Band 4); plus at least one of biology, chemistry, physics, or personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE); QLD prerequisites: English (4, SA) and one of biology, chemistry, physics or physical education (4, SA); VIC prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English; and a study score of at least 25 in one of biology, chemistry, physics, health and human development, or physical education.

Structure:

320 credit points consisting of: 70 cp from Foundation units; 10 cp from University Core Curriculum units; 180 cp from Occupational Therapy units; and 60 cp from Professional Practice Education units. Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) 320 credit points consisting of: 70 cp from Foundation units; 10 cp from University Core Curriculum units; 140 cp from Occupational Therapy units; 20 cp from Professional Practice Education units; and 80 cp from Honours units.

Subjects you can Study:

Occupational therapy

Study Pathways:

High achieving students can undertake Honours in the third and fourth years of the course, subject to meeting the admission requirements. 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. Graduates who wish to further their studies in the area of mental health may progress to the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health (Allied Health), the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (Allied Health) or the Master of Mental Health (Allied Health). Graduates may also progress to other postgraduate coursework degrees within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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 Australia Limited (OTA). ACU is adhering to accreditation requirements of WFOT and OTA in the implementation of the program. Interim accreditation has been granted in Victoria. Full accreditation is not possible until the first cohort of students is in the final year of the program. Following accreditation, graduates will be eligible for registration as practicing Occupational Therapists with the Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and for membership of OTA. Please refer to the Registration Standards for Occupational Therapy on the AHPRA website.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Occupational Therapist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 80.2 No Full time 4 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 80.2 No Part time 8 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 83 No Full time 4 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 83 No Part time 8 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 8 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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