Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Undergraduate degree

Study a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy course at Deakin and get to work with real people in real communities. View the course outline and apply today.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no individual band score less than 7.0. More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Occupational therapy enables people to lead active, healthy and productive lives. Deakin’s accredited Bachelor of Occupational Therapy gives you a cutting-edge and practical education. It will prepare you to identify people’s strengths and limitations, environmental and social supports and barriers, and the role these play on people’s ability to participate in occupations that are meaningful to them. You will gain the expertise to develop personalised evidence-based interventions for people who live with a range of health limitations, including those caused by injury, health conditions, developmental or environmental barriers.

Starting in your first year, you will complete eight different placements totalling over 1000 hours in a range of occupational therapy areas. This invaluable practical experience, combined with learning in our state-of-the-art Occupational Therapy Learning Hub, will ensure you graduate career-ready and with confidence.

Passionate about promoting good health and wellbeing and improving people's lives at home and work?

Occupation refers to everything that makes up a person’s life, not just their job. As a qualified occupational therapist, you will work collaboratively with people of all ages to enable them to successfully engage in aspects of daily living.

The knowledge and skills you’ll develop throughout your study will allow you to help vulnerable people achieve independence at home, at work and in the community, enhancing their quality of life as a result. You will also be qualified to work with children with physical or intellectual disabilities, people who have had accidents or are suffering from medical problems, and people in aged care.

Occupational therapy has experienced strong growth over the past five years and is expected to grow steadily into the future. As a qualified occupational therapist, you can find employment in areas as diverse as:

  • acute, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals
  • community health organisations
  • government departments or agencies
  • mental health services
  • private practices
  • research institutes
  • primary and secondary schools
  • workplace wellbeing, occupational health and safety, and rehabilitation services.

Our graduates have found employment with the following organisations, as well as many more:

  • Alfred Health
  • Barwon Health
  • Bellarine Community Health
  • Department of Education
  • genU
  • primary and secondary schools
  • private occupational therapy practices
  • Western District Health.

Make the most of our new world-class facilities, such as our on-campus clinical skills laboratory, which simulates real-life settings to prepare you for your work placements and beyond. Learn from our expert occupational therapy staff who are leaders in their fields of research and have extensive experience in a diverse range of occupational therapy specialisations.

You will also have the option to complete an overseas study tour to countries including Denmark, India, Sri Lanka and Sweden, putting your acquired skills into practice and learning about the occupational therapy profession from different perspectives.

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Course structure

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 
  • complete the five 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.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

29

Core units

1

Selective unit

2

Elective units

32

Total

Core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity HAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Understanding Health HBS107
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology HBS109
  • Communication and Diversity HDS101
  • Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy A HSO102
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Functional Human Anatomy HSE102
  • Integrated Human Physiology HSE208
  • Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy B HSO104
  • Plus select one unit from the following choices:

  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies IND101
  • Health Behaviour HBS110
  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour HPS111
  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development HPS121
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Impact of Health Conditions On Occupational Performance HSO202
  • Occupations in Childhood Development HSO205
  • Neurological Structure, Function and Plasticity HSO207
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Health Information and Data HBS108
  • Occupation Across the Lifespan HSO206
  • Analysis of Occupational Performance HSO208
  • plus one elective unit

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Collaborative Practice in Healthcare HBS345
  • Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice HSO302
  • Occupational Performance: Evaluation and Intervention 1 HSO305
  • Psychosocial Influences on Occupational Performance 1 HSO307
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Professional Practice Education A HSO304
  • Occupational Performance: Evaluation and Intervention 2 HSO306
  • Psychosocial Influences On Occupational Performance 2 HSO308
  • Level 4 - Pass stream

    Trimester 1

  • OT Practice Applying Knowledge and Reasoning HSO401
  • Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology HSO403
  • Professional Practice Education B HSO405
  • Trimester 2

  • Transition to Practice HSO408
  • Occupational Therapy Professional Development HSO417
  • Innovation and Evaluation in OT Practice HSO418
  • Level 4 - H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

    (CRICOS code: 088320A)

    Trimester 1

  • Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology HSO403
  • Professional Practice Education B HSO405
  • OT Honours Proposal Ethics and Literature HSO411
  • Trimester 2

  • OT Honours Analysis and Critique HSO414
  • Honours Research Project HSO416
  • 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:

  • Sociology of Health ASC206
  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies IND101
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
    Year

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400415353 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    H355
    CRICOS code?
    055178G
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

    In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

    Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

    Workload

    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.

    Participation requirements

    The course involves compulsory professional practice education (clinical placements) in each year of the course. The requirement of at least 1000 hours of professional practice during the course is essential for the course to meet national and international accreditation standards. These placements may require travel to rural areas. Students must meet requirements for police records, working with children regulations and immunisation status.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

     

    Work experience

    Work Integrated Learning

    You will undertake a variety of practicum placements throughout the four years of the course, commencing in your first year. Practice Education 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. Practice Education 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.

    Practice Education

    Students are required to undertake practice education placements throughout the course of their degree. A schedule detailing these placements is developed in advance of the commencing academic year. Click here to view the 2020 OT Practice Education Schedule

    Our Occupational Therapy team welcomes new placement partners. If you are interested in supervising Deakin students on placement, please contact hsd-otpraced@deakin.edu.au. Further details relating to placement can be found at the School Practice Education page.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Occupational therapy has experienced one of the strongest growth rates in the health industry over the past 10 years, with available jobs increasing from 8100 in 2007 to 16,700 in 2017.*

    Through this course, you could find employment in areas as diverse as:

    • acute, psychiatric or rehabilitation hospitals
    • community health organisations
    • government departments or agencies
    • mental health services
    • private practices
    • research institutes
    • primary and secondary schools
    • workplace wellbeing, occupational health and safety, and rehabilitation services.

    Our graduates have found employment with the following organisations, as well as many more:

    • Alfred Health
    • Barwon Health
    • Bellarine Community Health
    • Department of Education
    • genU
    • private occupational therapy practices
    • primary and secondary schools
    • Western District Health.

    *Australian Government Job Outlook 2017

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand Ltd) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, which means you will be able to practise professionally in Australia and overseas.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply specialised knowledge about occupation and health across the lifespan; and knowledge of research principles and methods, to provide person centred occupational therapy services for individuals, groups, organisations, communities or populations and to conduct an occupationally relevant research project.

    Communication

    Communicate effectively, professionally and respectfully with clients, families, carers, co-workers  and colleagues using clear and appropriate language and communication modes. 2.2 Effectively communicate the implication of research findings for occupational therapy practice

    Digital Literacy

    Seek out and critically evaluate information located and accessed from digital and other technologies to inform occupational therapy practice, support continuing professional development, research projects and promote participation for people with diverse abilities.

    Critical thinking

    Critically assess, interpret, and evaluate information to plan and implement appropriate, person-centred occupational therapy intervention and to inform research ethics and activity.

    Problem Solving

    Effectively apply problem solving skills using critical thinking, professional reasoning, decision making and reflection to the design, implementation and evaluation of person centred occupational therapy service, research and scholarship.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate high professional standards through identification and implementation of independent learning and professional development strategies for the benefit of clients, families and others, colleagues and the profession.

    Teamwork

    Establish and maintain occupational therapy practice within inter-professional teams that is ethical, evidence based, professional, respectful and collaborative, and assume leadership, supervisory and management roles as appropriate.

    Global Citizenship

    Apply ethical, culturally relevant, professional and appropriate decision making which is respectful of the diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts within Australian and global communities. Justify the position of a research project within a national and international context.

     

    Occupational therapy at Deakin

    Hear from Deakin occupational therapy students and the course director about how Deakin prepares you for a rewarding career in health. You'll be taught by industry experts and gain 1000+ hours of practical experience, ensuring you graduate ready to work as a confident and competent occupational therapist.

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