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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
Associate Degree in Health Science [exit point only]

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The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at CSU prepares you for professional practice as an occupational therapist with a focus on both general and specialist knowledge and skills for working in regional, rural, remote and/or metropolitan areas.

  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy prepares students for professional practice or further study with an emphasis on current practice issues including quality management of services, ethical issues, research and communication skills in both urban and rural settings. Graduates are able to use a professional reasoning process to formulate enabling strategies to develop or enhance competence in occupational tasks in self care, work, leisure and learning roles, taking into consideration factors such as the environment, lifestyle and culture. The course is accredited by OT Australia, The Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). This course includes practical experience through workplace learning.

    What will I learn?

    CSU’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has an emphasis on contemporary practice knowledge and skills, enabling you to work collaboratively with people to improve the lives of those who experience barriers to participation in everyday activities.

    Studies in basic and clinical sciences provide an understanding of human function. This knowledge is then applied to a range of occupational therapy situations using a problem-solving approach. Subjects are grouped according to six key learning areas:

    • biological and behavioural sciences
    • communication and professional responsibilities
    • human occupation and performance
    • occupational therapy theory and practice
    • research and evaluation
    • social and cultural perspectives of occupation

    Professional reasoning and assessment processes guide you in developing strategies to enable the people you will work with to be able to do the things they want to do, where and how they want to do them. You explore issues of occupational performance at every stage of the human life span through a range of different learning strategies.

    You also benefit from our dedicated and enthusiastic occupational therapy staff members, small class sizes, and close links CSU has with practitioners, services, and the community.

    You may elect to exit the course following successful completion of the first two years of study with the Associate Degree in Health Science.

    Graduating with Honours

    If you achieve a Grade Point Average of 5 or above across your first and second year subjects, you will be eligible to apply to transfer into the Honours stream. This stream is embedded into years three and four of your course. If selected, you will complete specific Honours subjects that replace standard subjects and develop your organisational, research and writing skills. Selection into the Honours stream will depend on your academic merit, the extent to which you have considered a potential project topic, and the availability of appropriate supervisors. Applications to transfer into the Honours stream must be submitted to the School Honours Coordinator in early November. Second-year students who meet the academic merit eligibility requirements will receive an email invitation to apply in August. Instructions about how to apply are included in that email.

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by Occupational Therapy Council (OTC), and is also accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia Limited on behalf of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

  • Career opportunities

    Established in response to demand from the profession, the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at CSU prepares you for work in hospitals and community healthcare settings, rehabilitation units, human resource management, government policy units, private practice and consultative services.

    This degree will equip you to work collaboratively with people who experience barriers to participation in everyday activities in both rural and urban settings. The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at CSU has a reputation for all graduates finding employment.

    To work as an occupational therapist all graduates need to register for practice with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Standard CSU credit rules apply

  • Workplace learning

    Workplace learning experience constitutes approximately one quarter of the course, the majority taking place during third and fourth years. You will complete 1,000 hours of workplace learning in a range of settings and locations. There is the possibility to do placements overseas during fourth year. Workplace learning experiences are an important part of the course and provide you with an opportunity to apply knowledge and develop practical skills. Workplace learning placements are arranged in a variety of organisations, both rural and urban. Students will need to purchase any required equipment and uniform items. You are also responsible for any travel to and from fieldwork placements and accommodation expenses.

    Immunisation

    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.


    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

    First Aid Certificate

    All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

    If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

    NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.

    Mental Health First Aid Certificate

    You are required to have a current Mental Health First Aid Certificate, obtained at your own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover approved) before undertaking any workplace learning (e.g. clinical placements, practicums or internships) by the end of your second year in the course.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    OCC320 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 1
    OCC330 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 1 (Honours)
    OCC331 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 2 (Honours)
    OCC431 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 4 (Honours)
    OCC421 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 4
    OCC430 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 3 (Honours)
    HIP100 Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation
    OCC103 Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice
    OCC420 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 3
    OCC321 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 2

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of 256 points. At the end of 2nd year students can choose, dependent upon satisfying minimum requirements, to complete the honours stream or remain in the pass degree.

    Common Stream
    BMS171  Introduction to Functional Human Anatomy
    BMS126  Foundations of Human Physiology
    BMS271  Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck, Pectoral Girdle, & Upper Limb
    BMS255  Neuroscience for Health Practice
    HIP100    Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation
    HIP202    Research for Health Practice
    IKC100    Indigenous Health
    OCC103  Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice
    OCC104  Person, Environment and Occupation Foundations
    OCC105  Occupational Therapy Practice
    OCC200  Professional Decision-making in Occupational Therapy
    OCC204  Enabling Strategies: Environmental Adaptation and Assistive Technologies
    OCC205  Enabling Strategies: Working with Groups
    OCC206  Enabling Strategies: Working with Individuals (Fundamentals)
    OCC300  Enabling Strategies: Working with Individuals (Consolidation)
    OCC304  Enabling Strategies: Working with Communities
    OCC404  Enabling Strategies: Advanced Practice
    PSY111    Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
    SOC108  Sociology of Health and Healthcare

    Pass Stream
    OCC320  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 1
    OCC321  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 2
    OCC420  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 3
    OCC421  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 4
    OCC414  Professional and Organisational Contexts of Practice
    OCC415  Political and Socio-cultural Contexts of Practice
    Elective

    Honours Stream
    HLT333    Community Health Honours Research Preparation
    HLT441    Health Honours Project/Dissertation
    OCC330  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 1 (Honours)

    OCC331  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 2 (Honours)
    OCC430  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 3 (Honours)
    OCC431  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 4 (Honours)
    OCC416  Socio-cultural and Professional Contexts of Practice

    Unrestricted elective subjects for Pass stream only (1 subject, 8 points).
    Students can choose to complete any subject offered within Charles Sturt University that they are eligible to enrol in. 

    The following subjects are examples of some of the subjects students may choose to enrol in for Session 5 (30):

    GER204  Ageing and Professional Practice
    LES101   Introduction to Leisure and Health
    LES202   Community Leisure & Health Issues
    LES301   Health Policy and Program Development
    PSY214   Health Psychology
    SCI301    International Practical Experience
    WEL206  Facilitating Positive Behaviour

    Key Subjects

    BMS171  Introduction to Functional Human Anatomy
    BMS126  Foundations of Human Physiology
    BMS271  Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck, Pectoral Girdle, & Upper Limb
    BMS255  Neuroscience for Health Practice
    OCC103  Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice
    OCC104  Person, Environment and Occupation Foundations
    OCC105  Occupational Therapy Practice
    OCC320  OT Workplace Learning 1
    OCC321  OT Workplace Learning 2
    OCC330  OT Workplace Learning 1 (Honours)
    OCC331  OT Workplace Learning 2 (Honours)
    OCC420  OT Workplace Learning 3
    OCC421  OT Workplace Learning 4
    OCC430  OT Workplace Learning 3 (Honours)
    OCC431  OT Workplace Learning 4 (Honours)

     


     


     



     

     

    Enrolment pattern

    Session 1 (30)
    BMS171  Introduction to Functional Human Anatomy
    BMS126  Foundations of Human Physiology
    HIP100   Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation
    OCC104   Person, Environment and Occupation Foundations

    Session 2 (60)
    IKC100  Indigenous Health
    OCC103  Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice
    OCC105  Occupational Therapy Practice
    SOC108  Sociology of Health and Healthcare

    Session 3 (30)
    BMS271  Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck, Pectoral Girdle, and Upper Limb
    HIP202   Research for Health Practice
    OCC200  Professional decision-making in occupational therapy
    OCC204  Enabling Strategies: Environmental Adaptation and Assistive Technologies

    Session 4 (60)
    BMS255  Neuroscience for Health Practice
    PSY111   Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
    OCC205  Enabling Strategies: Working with Groups
    OCC206  Enabling Strategies: Working with Individuals (Fundamentals)

    Students may exit at this point with the Associate Degree in Health Science (exit point only) award.

    Pass Stream

    Session 5 (30)
    OCC300  Enabling Strategies: Working with Individuals (Consolidation) (16)
    OCC304  Enabling Strategies: Working with Communities
    Elective

    Session 6 (60)
    OCC320  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 1 (16)
    OCC321  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 2 (16)

    Session 7 (30)
    OCC420  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 3 (16)
    OCC421  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 4 (16)

    Session 8 (60)
    OCC404  Enabling Strategies: Advanced Practice (16)
    OCC414  Professional and Organisational Contexts of Practice
    OCC415  Political and Socio-cultural Contexts of Practice

    Honours Stream

    Session 5 (30)
    HLT333  Community Health Honours Research Preparation
    OCC300  Enabling Strategies: Working with Individuals (Consolidation) (16)
    OCC304  Enabling Strategies: Working with Communities

    Session 6 (60)
    HLT333  Community Health Honours Research Preparation
    OCC330  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 1 (Honours) (12)
    OCC331  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 2 (Honours) (12)


    Session 7 (30)
    HLT441  Health Honours Project/Dissertation
    OCC430  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 3 (Honours) (12)
    OCC431  Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 4 (Honours) (12)

    Session 8 (60)
    HLT441  Health Honours Project/Dissertation
    OCC404  Enabling Strategies: Advanced Practice (16)
    OCC416  Socio-cultural and Professional Contexts of Practice

  • Residential schools

    This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

    BMS271 Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck, Pectoral Girdle and Upper Limb
    BMS171 Introduction to Functional Human Anatomy
    BMS172 Functional Anatomy of the Vertebral Column, Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limb

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7500

    Standard CSU and UAC admission criteria apply. School leavers will be admitted on the basis of ATAR (or equivalent).
    Non-recent school leavers will be admitted based on evidence of their academic performance. Academic performance will be based on senior school results and university results from study undertaken at a minimum of a Bachelor's level for one year. Access to the occupational therapy program may be facilitated by completion of a relevant health or science related degree. International students will be considered for admission on the basis of prior academic performance and evidence of likely success in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
    English language requirements apply.
    Students with occupational therapy qualifications from an off-shore university will be considered for admission as International students,
    or as on-shore students for those with permanent residency. Onshore students with permanent residency will apply through VTAC/UAC through the usual processes.
    Applications for credit transfer will be considered after enrolment in the course.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    8232*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    3500*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    UACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN214301
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNNKSO
    VTACOn CampusAlbury-WodongaCGSYNN1300113401
    DirectOn CampusAlbury-WodongaFPOSYNNISOT

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points and meet all clinical practice and workplace learning requirements.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    016828B (Albury-Wodonga)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    The School of Community Health

    The School of Community Health aims to work in partnership with communities to provide quality allied health education and research, offering courses in the areas of health and rehabilitation science, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech pathology. Courses are delivered across three campuses at Albury-Wodonga, Orange and Port Macquarie. The School aims to develop future health graduates to work both nationally and internationally, developing specific skills in regional and rural practice. The School uses a range of innovative teaching practices that seek to foster graduates' ability to work in the current and future health environment, and have received citations and awards for excellence in teaching.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience
    • SSS029 - Introduction to Anatomy 

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects. A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions.The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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