Bachelor of Science - Occupational Therapy

Curtin University

Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do the things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying their environment to better support participation. Occupational therapists have a broad education that equips them with skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with individuals or groups of people (and their communities) who have an impairment of body structure or function due to a health condition, and who experience barriers to participation. Occupational therapists believe that participation can be supported or restricted by physical, social, attitudinal and legislative environments. Therefore, occupational therapy practice may be directed to changing aspects of the environment to enhance participation. Clinical practice throughout the course is undertaken in a number of hospitals and allied institutions with the cooperation of the relevant specialist and administrative staff. The excellent reputation of Curtin's OT course means graduates are in high demand in an area of high need. Students may be employed in a health, community or industry setting including urban and rural community-based programs, private practice, medical and vocational rehabilitation units, psychiatric services, mining and resource industries, and schools. Opportunities for work exist throughout Australia and internationally through recognition of the degree through accreditation with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Course Fee:

International: $148,000

Entry Requirements:

Prerequisites: A least one science course 3A/3B from the following list: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biological Science, Integrated Science or Physics. Applicants must also meet the University's standard entry requirements, which include English competency. STAT is not accepted for entry to this course. Selection is based on the tertiary entrance rank for Year 12 students. Other criteria apply for non-school leaver applicants. Part-time students are not accepted. Applicants for this course should refer to the Clinical Health Sciences and Police Clearances sections of the faculty website. Students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate within four weeks of entry into the first year of the course.


This course contains streams.

Subjects you can Study:

Occupational therapy

Study Pathways:

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at High achieving students may undertake honours within this bachelor degree.

Further information:

For more information contact the relevant areas: For Current Students: Student Services Office, please click here for further details: For Domestic Future Students: Future Students Centre, email: Tel: +61-8-9266 1000 For International Future Students: Curtin International, email: Tel: +61-8-9266 7331


Graduates using the title registered health practitioner or the title of occupational therapist must be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the National Board). Graduates can also choose to be a member of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and/or Occupational Therapy Australia (WA). The course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Occupational Therapist,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bentley - main campus 76.15 No Part time 8 years
Bentley - main campus 76.15 No Full time 4 years

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