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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.


Standard university admission requirements plus the special admission requirements listed below.

  1. 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
  • Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification
  • Evidence of immunisation as per the Health Department of WA schedule; plus
  • MRSA clearance if hospitalised or if the applicant has worked outside of WA in the 12 months prior to enrolment


     2.    English entry requirements for international applicants:

  • International applicants require an IELTS score of 7.5 with no band less than 7.0, or a TOEFL score of 650 (paper-based) or 280 (computer-based) 
This course is available on Joondalup Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

The course comprises 480 credit points (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.  Students may complete the standard coursework sequence or an Honours program is available in the fourth year of study. 



An Honours program is available in the fourth year of the course. If a student has a weighted average mark of 70% or better they may be invited to complete the Honours program.

All students will complete the following units during the Years 1 - 3 of the Course.

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
OCT2202 Paediatrics and Youth 15
OCT2203 Applied Kinesiology 15
OCT2204 Clinical Science 3 15
OCT2208 Health Conditions 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 
Students who are completing the standard program for Year 4 will complete the following units.
Semester 1
OCT4109 Disability 15
OCT4103 Community Development 15
ACS4133 Aboriginal Communities 15
OCT4102 Creativity and Health 15
OCT4104 Occupational Therapy Administration 15
OCT4105 Occupational Therapy Project 15
Semester 2
OCT4211 Clinical Science 6 20 
OCT4212 Clinical Science 7 40 
For students enroled in the Honours program, instead of the standard fourth year units above, students will complete only the following FOUR units.
For the Honours program, students are required to complete only the following four units over two semesters culminating in the submission of a Thesis.
OCT4106 Honours Research Preparation 20 
OCT4212 Clinical Science 7 40 
OCT4107 Honours Research Project 40 
OCT4211 Clinical Science 6 20 
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: 31/03/2010 VET: 31/03/2010