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 currently accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia Limited (OTAL) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). The program has recently undergone accreditation by the Occupational Therapy Council (OTC), the body now responsible for accreditation of occupational therapy programmes in Australia. Verbal confirmation of full accreditation has been received with formal written confirmation expected by the end of 2014. It is expected that Occupational Therapy Australia Limited (OTAL) will confirm World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) accreditation after formal confirmation is received from OTC.

  • 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)
    OCC205 Occupational Engagement, Creativity and Groupwork
    OCC100 Occupation and occupational therapy
    OCC431 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 4 (Honours)
    OCC201 Occupational Therapy Processes
    OCC421 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 4
    OCC430 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 3 (Honours)
    OCC103 Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice
    HIP100 Introduction to Health and Rehabilitation
    OCC321 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 2
    OCC420 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 3

  • 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 Introductoion 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
    OCC100 Occupation and Occupational Therapy
    OCC103 Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice
    OCC201 Occupational Therapy Processes
    OCC204 Enabling Strategies: Environmental Adaptation and Assistive Technologies
    OCC205 Occupational Engagement, Creativity, and Group Work
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
    SOC108 Sociology of Health and Healthcare

    Pass Stream
    OCC300 Enabling Strategies: Working with Individuals
    OCC304 Enabling Strategies: Working with Communities
    OCC320 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 1
    OCC321 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 2
    OCC420 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 3
    OCC421 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 4
    OCC404 Enabling Strategies: Specialist Areas of Practice
    OCC405 Applying Knowledge in Occupational Therapy
    OCC413 Occupational Therapy Practice in Context
    Elective

    Honours Stream
    HLT333 Community Health Honours Research Preparation
    HLT441 Health Honours Project/Dissertation
    OCC300 Enabling Strategies: Working with Individuals
    OCC304 Enabling Strategies: Working with Communities
    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)
    OCC404 Enabling Strategies: Specialist Areas of Practice
    OCC413 Occupational Therapy Practice in Context

    Restricted elective subjects for Pass stream only (1 subject, 8 points)
    The list of restricted electives for study in Sesseion 5 (30) are:
    ANT260 Indigenous Studies
    BMS172 Functional Anatomy of the Vertebral Column, Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limb
    GER204 Aging and Professional Practice
    LAW131 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health
    LES101 Introduction to Leisure and Health
    LES102 Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
    LES202 Community Leisure & Health Issues
    LES301 Health Policy and Program Development
    LES302 Leisure and Social Relations
    PSY214 Health Psychology
    SCI301 International Practical Experience
    SOC215 Gender, Family and Society
    WEL206 Facilitating Positive Behaviour
    WEL221 Acquired Brain Injury
    WEL228 Disability Issues for Families

    Key Subjects

    Common Stream


    Session 1 (30)
    BMS171 Introduction to Functional Human Anatomy
    BMS126 Foundations of Human Physiology

    Session 2 (60)
    OCC100 Occupation and Occupational Therapy
    OCC103 Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice

    Session 3 (30)
    BMS271 Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck, Pectoral Girdle, and Upper Limb

    Session 4 (60)
    BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice

    Pass Stream

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

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

    Honours Stream

    Session 6 (60) 
    OCC330 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 1 (Honours)
    OCC331 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 2 (Honours)

    Session 7 (30) 
    OCC430 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 3 (Honours)
    OCC431 Occupational Therapy 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
    OCC100 Occupation and Occupational Therapy (commence)

    Session 2 (60)
    OCC100 Occupation and Occupational Therapy (complete)
    OCC103 Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
    SOC108 Sociology of Health and Health Care

    Session 3 (30)
    BMS271 Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck, Pectoral Girdle, & Upper Limb
    HIP202 Research for Health Practice
    OCC201 Occupational Therapy Processes (commence)
    OCC205 Occupational Engagement, Creativity, and Group Work

    Session 4 (60)
    BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice
    IKC100 Indigenous Health
    OCC201 Occupational Therapy Processes (complete)
    OCC204 Enabling Strategies: Environmental Adaptation and Assistive Technologies

    Pass Stream
    Session 5 (30)

    OCC300 Enabling Strategies: Working with Individuals (16 points)
    OCC304 Enabling Strategies: Working with Communities
    Elective

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

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

    Session 8 (60)
    OCC404 Enabling Strategies: Specialist Areas of Practice (16 points)
    OCC405 Applying Knowledge in Occupational Therapy
    OCC413 Occupational Therapy Practice in Context

    Honours Stream
    Session 5 (30)

    OCC300 Enabling Strategies: Working with Individuals (16 points)
    OCC304 Enabling Strategies: Working with Communities
    HLT333 Community Health Honours Research Preparation (commenced)

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

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

    Session 8 (60)
    OCC404 Enabling Strategies: Specialist Areas of Practice (16 points)
    OCC413 Occupational Therapy Practice in Context
    HLT441 Health Honours Project/Dissertation (completed)

     

  • 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

    Admission eligibility and criteria are according to those set by the University for undergraduate courses. It is recommended that students have at least one science-based subject at Year 12 or higher. For those who have not previously studied any science, encouragement will be given to undertake a preliminary study in a biological science subject.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2014 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    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
    7960*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
    2990*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about international student fees

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

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: 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) for on-campus study.

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    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) for students who do not reside in NSW or ACT who wish to apply to courses 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

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

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    016828B (Albury-Wodonga)

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  • 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.

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