Southern Cross University

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Southern Cross University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 01241G

Occupational therapy assists people of all ages to participate in the everyday tasks and activities (occupations) that they need and want to do, whether at home, at work, at school or in the community. Occupational therapists transform and adapt environments, activities, equipment and enhance performance to support and promote meaningful engagement and participation. They may work with individuals, groups, government and non-government organisations, in private practice and communities. Occupational therapists' work is diverse. As a graduate of the occupational therapy degree students could assist a person recovering from a stroke to shower and dress independently; they could develop inclusive playground experiences and environments for children of all abilities; they could recommend workplace changes that would assist an injured worker to return to work; or they could design home modifications or public transport changes that would ensure access for a person using a power wheelchair.


32 units. The first year features an overview of the Australian health system, an introduction to occupational therapy practice, bioscience, psychology and critical enquiry. Year 2 focuses on applied knowledge for occupational therapy. This continues in year 3, with additional emphasis on theoretical understanding and clinical reasoning. Fourth year covers professional preparation. The course includes an embedded Honours program for eligible students, which can be studied concurrently during the Bachelor degree course.


  • Biological sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Professional areas

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12
  • Recommended: any 2 units of English
  • Or TAFE and VET awards (Certificate III and above)
  • Or Undergraduate and Postgraduate study
  • Or Work Experience (minimum of 1 year full-time equivalent)


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.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Coffs Harbour No
Gold Coast Yes

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