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.

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.

Career opportunities

This course was developed in response to demand from the profession, and will prepare you for a career as an occupational therapist in a range of settings.

More about career opportunities

Reasons for studying the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at CSU:

  1. CSU Occupational Therapy graduates are sought after and have an excellent employment rate

  2. you will have access to excellent workplace learning opportunities on campus and in professional settings

  3. you will benefit from enthusiastic staff members, small class sizes, and close links with practitioners, services and the community.

Workplace learning

CSU’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy includes at least 1,000 hours of placements in a range of settings, including international opportunities in the final year of study.

Refer to the workplace learning section for information on:

  • Immunisation
  • Criminal Record Clearance
  • Senior First Aid Certificate

Professional recognition

The course is fully accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), allowing you to be employed both in Australia and overseas. Graduates from the course are eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is essential before students can commence working as an occupational therapist.


Students who have studied and successfully completed relevant subjects at other universities or TAFE at Certificate level or higher may apply for credit for those subjects when applying to CSU's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Credit will be granted for subjects that are equivalent in content and standard, at the discretion of the Courses Director.

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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