CSU's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy aims to prepare you for professional practice or further study, with an emphasis on current practice issues, including quality management of services, ethical issues, research and communication skills.
CSU's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy aims to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical components of occupational therapy, with a focus on both general and specialist knowledge and skills.
This degree will equip you to work collaboratively with people who have an impairment of body structure or function due to a health condition, and who experience barriers to participation in everyday activities. Emphasis is placed on current practice issues, including quality management of services, ethical issues, research and communication skills.
Occupation in rural areas is addressed throughout the course with the intention of encouraging development of skills for those interested in working in rural practice.
Students may elect to exit the course following successful completion of the first two years of study with the Associate Degree in Health Science.
The Honours stream is embedded within the four-year program and comprises specific Honours research subjects that replace pass degree subjects. To transfer into the Honours stream at the beginning of year three, students will need to obtain grades of Credit or above in at least 50% of Level 1 and Level 2 subjects.
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:
Students explore issues of occupational performance at every stage of the human life span through self-directed learning projects. You will 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.
This course includes practical experience through workplace learning.
The course is accredited by OT Australia, The Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). Accreditation by WFOT enables graduates to be employed both in Australia and overseas.
Refer to the workplace learning section for information on:
4 years full-time on campus
To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 256 points and meet fieldwork placement requirements. Fieldwork experience constitutes approximately one quarter of the course, the majority taking place during third and fourth years. Students will be required to meet the costs associated with fieldwork.
To study this course, you will need to indicate your likelihood of success through previous studies and other attainments and experience.
Refer to the workplace learning information for further requirements associated with studying this course.
4 years full-time on campus
As a CSU Occupational Therapy student you will have access to our specialist teaching spaces.
CSU provides a range of laboratory, exercise testing and sporting facilities to ensure you are experienced using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace.
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