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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Course summary for current students

Award granted Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH355

Course structure applies to students who commenced in 2013 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2013 should refer to previous online handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Field Education: Details are available at the OT Field Education website

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Occupational therapists have specialised knowledge to promote health and wellbeing through occupation. Using their understanding of occupation and health, occupational therapists work collaboratively with people who might have limitations, including those caused by injury, health conditions, delayed development or the effects of ageing. Occupational therapy interventions are designed to enhance participation in everyday life and may include activities or assistive devices, or modification of home or work environments to facilitate active engagement in work, home, social and leisure activities.

This course draws upon Deakin’s core strengths in health education to ensure you receive a relevant, practical occupational therapy (OT) education that meets changing workforce needs. Throughout the course, you will benefit from our campus clinical skills laboratory which simulates real life settings and enables you to gain the knowledge and skills required to help clients manage their entire day in modified home and office environments. You will also consolidate your skills through a series of supervised placements which commence shortly after you begin your studies.

Selected students will have the opportunity to complete an honours year as part of this course.

Professional recognition

You can travel around the world with your occupational therapy qualification from Deakin. Deakin’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by OT Australia and World Federation of Occupational Therapists allows graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy to practise professionally in Australia and overseas.


Graduates are qualified to work as occupational therapists in private practice, hospitals, aged care, community health centres and organisations, disability support, driving rehabilitation, hand therapy, rehabilitation and schools.

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Work-Integrated Learning

You will undertake a variety of practicum placements throughout the four years of the course, commencing in your first year. Fieldwork provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which will enable you to practise confidently as an occupational therapist. You will complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practical experience. Fieldwork is conducted in a range of settings including schools, hospitals, clinics, community health organisations and industry, in metropolitan, regional and rural locations.

In a host agency, you can play a meaningful role in a variety of activities, including planning programs and events, undertaking needs assessments, developing evaluation tools, counselling, group work, completing literature reviews and producing promotional materials. Placements begin shortly after you commence your first year of study.

Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Check


In accordance with Department of Human Services policy* all students are required to obtain a Police Records Check (PRC) each year prior to undertaking field placements and a Working with Children Check (WWC) at the commencement of the course.


* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at:

** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy comprises 32 credit points, including 29 credit points of core units, 1 selective unit and 2 credit points of elective units.

To be awarded the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree with honours a person must

  • achieve at least a distinction average upon completion of level 3 studies;
  • successfully complete HSO302 Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 1
  • complete the four honours units at level 4 (below).

Failure of a fieldwork component in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will normally lead to exclusion. Students will be required to complete at least one fieldwork component in a regional area of Victoria or adjacent areas.

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

HBS107 Understanding Health  

HBS109 Human Structure and Function  

HDS101 Communication and Diversity  

HSO102 Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy A  


Trimester 2

HSE102 Functional Human Anatomy  

HSE208 Integrated Human Physiology  

HSO104 Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy B  


Plus select one unit from the following choices:

HBS110 Health Behaviour  

HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour  

HPS121 Psychology B: Individual and Social Development  


Level 2

Trimester 1

HSO202 Impact of Health Conditions On Occupational Performance  

HSO205 Occupations in Childhood Development  

HSO207 Neurological Structure, Function and Plasticity  

plus one elective unit


Trimester 2

HBS108 Health Information and Data  

HSO206 Occupation Across the Lifespan  

HSO208 Analysis of Occupational Performance  

plus one elective unit


Level 3

Trimester 1

HBS345 Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care  

HSO302 Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 1  

HSO305 Occupational Performance: Evaluation and Intervention 1  

HSO307 Psychosocial Influences on Occupational Performance  


Trimester 2

HSO303 Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 2  

HSO304 Work Integrated Learning A  

HSO306 Occupational Performance: Evaluation and Intervention 2  


Level 4 - Pass stream

Trimester 1

HSO401 OT Practice Applying Knowledge and Reasoning  

HSO403 Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology  

HSO405 Work Integrated Learning B  


Trimester 2

HSO406 Consolidating Occupational Therapy Practice  (commences 2016)

HSO408 Transition to Practice  (commences 2016)


Level 4 - Honours stream


Trimester 1

HSO403 Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology  

HSO405 Work Integrated Learning B  

HSO411 OT Honours Proposal Ethics and Literature  


Trimester 2

HSO414 OT Honours Analysis and Critique  

HSO416 Honours Research Project  (commences 2016)


Elective units

Elective units may be chosen from any faculty in the University provided that prerequisites are met. A maximum of two elective units may be studied at level 1.


Sociology elective unit:

ASC206 Sociology of Health  


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