Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

University of Newcastle

This program introduces students to work with individuals and communities to promote health and wellbeing by enabling people to participate in everyday activities. The program blends theory and practice, and encourages students to be problem solvers, creative thinkers and self-directed learners. It combines studies in the biomedical, behavioural and occupational sciences. Occupational therapy is a health science profession which bases its practice on the study of people and their performance and participation in daily activities including self-care, education, work, recreation and play. It is concerned with promoting people's well-being by enabling their adaptation to the demands of their environment, and promoting the capacity to engage in everyday tasks. Extensive practice education is integrated through the program commencing in first year in NSW, Australia. There are also opportunities to undertake placements in the ACT, Northern Territory, and Tasmania, or overseas. Clinical placement centres can include major teaching hospitals, rural and remote hospitals, private practices and schools.

Course Fee:

International: $138,160

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; Recommended studies: Biology and 2 unit Mathematics; criminal record checks, screening and immunisations


320 units of compulsory courses: full time over 4 years, combining theoretical knowledge with practical and experiential learning. The final years of study offer a choice of courses according to the area of interest. Students will complete supervised professional practice education. This degree requires students to participate in clinical placements in NSW health facilities, and as such there is a requirement to meet NSW Ministry of Health placement verification requirements.

Subjects you can Study:

Anatomy and physiology; Biomedical, behavioural and occupational sciences and therapy; Mental health; Psychology; Sociology and community development

Study Pathways:

All students receive an honours degree. Those students achieving a sufficiently high grade point average by the third year of the program degree will be invited to undertake the graded honours stream in the fourth year of the program.

Further information:

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. Students may be required to demonstrate fitness to practice prior to completing clinical placement courses.This degree requires students to participate in clinical placements and there is a requirement to meet NSW Ministry of Health placement verification requirements. These may include criminal record checks, screening and immunisations. Students must comply with these requirements prior to undertaking clinical placements. The award of this degree is dependent upon the student satisfactorily completing and passing all academic and practical components.


Accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Related Careers:

Occupational Therapist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan 78.4 No Full time 4 years

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