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H96 Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy)

The Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) contributes to current trends in health services by promoting health and well being through occupation. Students will develop an understanding of the factors that affect occupational performance in areas of self-care, education, work, social participation, play and leisure for individuals, groups and populations through the lifespan. Fieldwork provides students with valuable learning experiences in a range of settings. In broad terms the course outcomes are to develop occupational therapists who have a sound knowledge and understanding of professional principles and processes and who can generalize their attributes and skills in new situations. Employment opportunities exist in a wide range of areas.


Course Location and Mode of Study

The 4 year course is available by full-time or equivalent part-time study on the Joondalup campus.


Special Admission Requirements

  • Standard admission requirements plus one science subject and English at TEE level or equivalent.
  • To fulfil duty of care responsibilities, a Risk Management form is to be completed on enrolment and amended in subsequent semesters as appropriate. Part of the risk management includes:
    • Statement of Federal Police Clearance on enrolment;
    • Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification within one month after the start of first semester;
    • Evidence of immunisation schedule as per the Health Department of WA; plus
    • MRSA clearance if hospitalised or worked outside of WA in 12 months prior to enrolment.


Course structure

The course comprises twenty nine units of study. Three clinical science units have an extended full-time practicum component and students may be required to undertake part of this study in a rural or regional setting. Normally students will be expected to complete all units of each year before progressing to units in subsequent years and to complete the course within seven years of initial enrolment.



An Honours program is available in the fourth year of the course. In general, a course average of 70% or better is necessary. It is expected that students who are interested in study at this level will consult the relevant course coordinator before making application for admission.


Semester 1
OCT1101 Theory of Occupation 15
OCT1102 Occupation and Equity 15
EBH1102 Human Physiology 15
OCT1104 Clinical Science 1 15
Semester 2
OCT1205 Occupational Analysis 15
OCT1206 Neuroscience 15
EBH1101 Human Anatomy 15
OCT1208 Clinical Science 2 15
Semester 1
OCT2201 Pathophysiology 15
OCT2202 Paediatrics and Youth 15
OCT2203 Applied Kinesiology 15
OCT2204 Clinical Science 3 15
Semester 2
OCT2205 Neuropsychiatry 15
OCT2206 Gerontology 15
OCT2207 Communication Technology 15
OCT2108 Clinical Science 4 15
Semester 1
OCT3201 Physical Rehabilitation 15
OCT3202 Mental Health Rehabilitation 15
OCT3203 Assistive Technology 15
OCT3209 Occupational Rehabilitation 15
Semester 2
OCT3205 Neurological Rehabilitation 15
OCT3206 Health Management 15
OCT3108 Clinical Science 5 30 
Semester 1
OCT4101 Cross Cultural Occupational Therapy 15
OCT4103 Community Development 15
OCT4102 Creativity and Health 15
OCT4108 Introduction to Drama Therapy 15
OCT4104 Occupational Therapy Administration 15
OCT4105 Occupational Therapy Project 15
Semester 2
OCT4211 Clinical Science 6 20 
OCT4212 Clinical Science 7 40 
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2006 VET: 31/03/2006