Australian Catholic University

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

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.You 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.

Structure

320 credit points. Fieldwork and clinical placements are undertaken throughout the course.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.

Subjects

  • Occupational therapy

Standard entry requirements

  • 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:New South Wales Prerequisites: 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 Prerequisites: English (Units 3 and 4, C) and one of biology, chemistry or physics (Units 3 and 4, C).Victoria Prerequisites: 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.*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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/).

Study pathways

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.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) International: $157,888
  • ATAR: 85
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $157,888
  • ATAR: 78
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) International: $157,888
  • ATAR: 88
No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Further information

Graduates will be eligible to work in hospitals, community health centres, rehabilitation centres or private practice, mental health centres, work and accident rehabilitation, schools or early intervention centres for children, nursing homes and aged care facilities, government policy units or in consultative services.

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