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Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy)

Course code H96

Allows students to develop an understanding of the factors that affect performance in occupations of self-care, education, work, social participation, and play and leisure for individuals, groups and populations through the lifespan.

Fieldwork placements commence in the first year and throughout the course, and provide students with valuable learning experiences in a range of settings. Graduates will possess a sound knowledge and understanding of professional principles and processes and will be able to generalise their attributes and skills in new situations. Students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 per cent or higher after the third year of study may be invited to complete an Honours program within the fourth year. Those students will transfer to the Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours for the fourth and final year.

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Entry requirements

80 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

H96

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $10,150

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Early closing date 12-02-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

H96

CRICOS code

055463C

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,200

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Early closing date 12-02-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Diploma or equivalent;
    • Successfully completed 0.5 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course; or*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • International students are required to provide an IELTS Academic with an overall minimum score of 7.0 (no individual band less than 7.0).  Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.  Alternative acceptable tests are as follows:

    • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • Occupational English Test (OET) with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:
      • 24 for listening
      • 24 for reading,
      • 27 for writing, and
      • 23 for speaking, or

    Note:  English tests must be completed within 2 years of the proposed course commencement date and additional requirements may apply in relation to acceptable number of test sittings and combined scores across test sittings.

    Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; or
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT1101Theory of Occupation15
OCT1102Occupation and Equity15
MHS1101Anatomy and Physiology 115
OCT1104Clinical Science 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT1205Occupational Analysis15
OCT1206Neuroscience15
MHS1102Anatomy and Physiology 215
OCT1208Clinical Science 215
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT2202Paediatrics and Youth15
OCT2203Applied Kinesiology15
OCT2204Clinical Science 315
OCT2208Health Conditions15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT2205Neuropsychiatry15
OCT2206Gerontology15
OCT2250Counselling and Group Processes In Occupational Therapy15
OCT2108Clinical Science 415
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT3201Physical Rehabilitation15
OCT3202Mental Health Rehabilitation15
OCT3203Assistive Technology15
OCT3209Occupational Rehabilitation15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT3205Neurological Rehabilitation15
OCT3206Health Management15
OCT3108Clinical Science 530
Year 4
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
OCT4109Disability15
ACS4133Aboriginal Communities15
OCT4102Creativity and Health15
OCT4104Occupational Therapy Administration15
OCT4213Clinical Science 630
OCT4214Clinical Science 730

Please refer to the Course Coordinator for the timetable for the above 4th year units.

Note: Students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 per cent or higher after the third year of study may be invited to complete an Honours program. Those students will transfer to the Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours for the fourth and final year of study.

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Course notes

Important course notes

  • An extended full-time practicum component applies to the three Clinical Science units in this course.

    Attendance requirements

    Students may be required to undertake part of this study in a rural or regional setting.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    To be eligible to undertake clinical practice and fulfil their duty of care, students are required to complete risk management protocols on commencement of the course and carry out amendments in subsequent semesters, as appropriate. Risk management protocols include, but are not restricted to: Certificate of National Police Clearance Current WA Department of Health Criminal Record Screening Clearance Card Current First Aid Certificate Department of Education and Training National Criminal History Record Check Evidence of immunisation status as per the Department of Health schedule, more information at http://www.health.wa.gov.au/circularsnew/circular.cfm?Circ_ID=12891 MRSA clearance if worked in, or been admitted to, a health facility outside of Western Australia in the 12 months prior to enrolment Working with Children Check, more information at www.workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au

    Professional practice rules

    The practice education/fieldwork component of the course needs to comply with the Professional Accreditation Standards for Occupational Therapy Entry Level Education Programs as devised by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) Ltd (OTC). Students must complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practice education/fieldwork that is in line with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). These practice education/fieldwork opportunities will require students to integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes to practice with a range of people who have different needs, and in differing circumstances. Students are required to be supervised and assessed by a registered occupational therapist.

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia . Registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia is required to practice in the profession.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad occupational therapy knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical situations.
  2. Think critically to evaluate, interpret and conceptualise complex occupational solutions.
  3. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions and responses in new situations.
  4. Use assistive technologies, digital technologies and contemporary literacies to assess, evaluate and synthesise information in occupational therapy contexts.
  5. Communicate occupational therapy knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  6. Demonstrate broad global perspectives and ethical considerations, with respect for cultural diversity including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competence.
  7. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative in multi-disciplinary teams.
  8. Demonstrate initiative and accountability for own learning and professional practice.

Professional Recognition

Approved by: World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)

Accredited by: Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Limited

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $10,150 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $34,200 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Occupational Therapist, Health & Wellness Coordinator, Mental Health Therapist, Occupational Rehabilitationist, Safety Officer, Disability Therapist, Neuromuscular Therapist, Hand Therapist, Neurorehabilitationist, Paediatric Therapist

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Student stories

  • Suci Wardana

    Suci Wardana

    Occupational Therapy student

    "I chose to study OT at ECU because of the practical components offered from the beginning of the course"

    I have been fortunate to have taken part in several placements relating to OT, beginning just a few weeks into starting my course. These placements involved observing practitioners in their specialised fields, which was very beneficial as it gave me a feel for what I'd be doing in the future, and provided learning that can't be taught in the classroom.

    I also felt that the small cohort of students in the course would be very beneficial as it allows us to get to know everyone in the course and increases the opportunities that we have to communicate face-to-face with lecturers and tutors. The OT staff at ECU are also working in the field, and they're able to provide students with real-life learning, which is fantastic.

  • Tamara Pullella

    Occupational Therapy graduate

    "ECU offers the opportunity to experience prac from the very beginning"

    I chose ECU because of the practical components the course offered and also because of the small cohort.

    ECU offers occupational therapy (OT) students with the opportunity to experience prac from the very beginning, which gave us the beneficial component of having hands-on experience.

    These placements really provided us with the opportunity to experience what occupational therapy was all about and prepared us for the real world.

    The staff within the OT department at ECU have experience working in the field, so when we had any questions the answers were just that much more relevant.

    Prior to commencing my studies at ECU, I always believed that OT was disability focused, but through the practical experiences it provided me with the opportunity to really get a feel for the different fields within the OT profession.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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