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Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Course Overview

You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total of 192 credit points (CP) to qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). The course consists of 156cp of core units and 36cp of elective units, including a minimum of 6cp from the Behavioural or Social Sciences and 6cp from the Biomedical Sciences.

During this four year degree, students will cover a wide range of topics including theories of what people do in daily life and why; knowledge of the development of human capabilities (e.g. cognitive, motor, psychosocial) and the ways in which injury and illness typically disrupt them; activity and environmental analysis; and theories and techniques for promoting participation in daily life.

Through over 1,000 hours of supervised clinical placement students will gain hands-on experience with real clients, learning to apply knowledge, clinical reasoning and the practical skills required of the profession. Placements occur during semester time and during recess periods at all levels of the course, and are located in both metropolitan and country facilities.


The discipline of Occupational Therapy offers an integrated honours program. This program runs in parallel with the pass degree; honours students complete their degree at the same time as pass students. Honours students undertake some alternative units of study in the last 3 semesters of their degree and conduct a research project with one-to-one supervision from an experienced academic. Entry into the honours program is competitive and based on weighted average mark.

An honours degree is an opportunity for students to contribute to knowledge in their discipline, gain valuable professional skills, and broaden their career options.

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours, a candidate must complete the requirements for the pass degree but include the alternative units of study listed in the Honours pathway of the Occupational Therapy table of units of study.

Professional Accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) course are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists (OT Australia) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

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