Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Course summary for local students
|Year||2016 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Occupational Therapy|
|Campus||Offered at Waterfront (Geelong)|
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Students who meet eligibility requirements will enrol in H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) for their fourth year of study.
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016||$8,457 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016||Not applicable|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|VTAC Codes||1400415351 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Deakin course code||H355|
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Key dates
- Work experience
As a qualified occupational therapist you will have the specialised knowledge to improve your clients’ lives – at home and at work - and to promote good health and wellbeing in workplaces. Study a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin and get rewarding, real-world training commencing in your first year.
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 (OT) 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 OT education that meets contemporary workforce needs.
Throughout the course, you will get a chance to consolidate your skills through a series of supervised placements which commence in year 1. You will undertake seven different placement opportunities throughout your degree, during 1000 hours of practical work experience in a diverse range of OT practices including: childhood development (including schools and hospitals); acute and rehabilitation hospital settings; community health settings; aged care and more.
You will also benefit from our on-campus clinical skills laboratory which simulates real life settings and enables you to gain the knowledge required to meet the needs of your future clients. Our purpose-built OT lab will give you access to hands-on facilities with a range of assistive technologies and rehabilitation areas in which to practice.
Our occupational therapy staff have extensive experience in a diverse range of OT specialisations. In addition to being world leaders in their fields of research, many of our staff continue to practice their expertise in the real-world.
You can travel around the world with your OT qualification. Deakin’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by OT Australia and World Federation of Occupational Therapists, which allows graduates to practise professionally in Australia and overseas. Our OT graduates have found roles with organisations like Alfred Health, Barwon Health, Karingal and the Department of Education, as well as in various special schools and in private OT practice.
Selected students will have the opportunity to complete an honours year as part of this course.
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.
All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.
Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.
Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.
Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.
* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.
The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email email@example.com au for more information about 2016 fees.
Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.
Employment opportunities for occupational therapists have never been greater due to a workforce shortage of qualified practitioners in this field. As a graduate of this course you will be able to assist people of all ages to engage in any aspect of daily living. You will help them achieve independence at home, at work and in the community, and help them enhance their quality of life. You may work with children with physical or intellectual disabilities, with people who have had accidents or are suffering from medical problems (e.g. hand therapy), or in aged care. You may work in areas including acute, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals; schools; community health; mental health; the workplace (such as in occupational health and safety and vocational rehabilitation); government; or in private practice.
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 H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (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 (listed under course structure H455 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.
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.
Level 1 - Trimester 1
|HBS109||Human Structure and Function|
|HDS101||Communication and Diversity|
|HSO102||Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy A|
Level 1 - 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:
|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
Level 2 - 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||Collaborative Practice in Healthcare|
|HSO302||Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 1|
|HSO305||Occupational Performance: Evaluation and Intervention 1|
|HSO307||Psychosocial Influences on Occupational Performance|
Level 3 - 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
|HSO401||OT Practice Applying Knowledge and Reasoning|
|HSO403||Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology|
|HSO405||Work Integrated Learning B|
|HSO406||Consolidating Occupational Therapy Practice|
|HSO408||Transition to Practice|
Level 4 - H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
(CRICOS code: 088320A)
|HSO403||Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology|
|HSO405||Work Integrated Learning B|
|HSO411||OT Honours Proposal Ethics and Literature|
|HSO414||OT Honours Analysis and Critique|
|HSO416||Honours Research Project|
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|
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: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
For more information refer to the VTAC guide
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.
Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, online interaction and practicum placements. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
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.
Details are available at the OT Field Education website