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. 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. Fieldwork and clinical placements are undertaken throughout the course.

Course Fee:


International: $144,480

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 (EAL) 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.

Subjects you can Study:

Occupational therapy

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.

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.

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/).

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 76.75 No Full time 4 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 76.75 No Part time 8 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 88 No Full time 4 years
North Sydney (MacKillop) 88 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
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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