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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Program code: 2368
QTAC code: 724002
CRICOS code: 082621C

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

4 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)

As an Occupational Therapist, you'll help a wide range of people overcome factors that limit their participation in everyday activities to improve their overall quality of life.

  • The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and personal qualities you'll need as an occupational therapist. You'll learn how to optimise your client's independence and improve their daily lives.
  • Be confident and job-ready after completing 1000 hours on placements across your program. You'll work with a range of clients affected by injury or illness, psychological difficulties, or developmental delays or ageing.
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of the theory and practice underpinning occupational therapy. You'll develop knowledge of the medical, social behavioural, psychological, and psychosocial sciences that will aid you in helping people recover.
  • Gain practical experience from your first year of study in a variety of community and healthcare settings at UQ's own occupational therapy clinics as well as external partners throughout Queensland.

Build a rewarding career helping people to overcome barriers that affect their participation in life.

  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    We've offered studies in OT since 1955 and we're international leaders in the fields of teaching and research. Our health and medical sciences researchers scored the highest possible rating in the Australian Research Council's 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) awards.

  • Employability

    Lead the field

    When you graduate with a UQ Honours qualification, you'll have the skills and knowledge to stand out as a leader among your peers. Many of our honours graduates choose to pursue further postgraduate studies, continuing their passion for research and knowledge.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International options

    During your studies you may have the opportunity to undertake a five-week placement in Vietnam or Timor Leste. Students on international placement are able to experience health services outside of Australia while under the supervision of excellent clinical educators.

  • In the classroom

    Dedicated OT clinics

    UQ has two dedicated occupational therapy clinics where you'll hone and develop your skills. The clinics specialise in child development and learning needs, and the assessment and treatment of people of all ages with muscular tightness in their arms and hands.

  • Beyond the classroom
    Learn about the rural placement opportunities available in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours).
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  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    You'll be taught by experienced occupational therapy educators and researchers who specialise in areas including disability and participation, aphasia, and occupational performance. Learning from the best, will give you a solid foundation to begin your career in OT.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) typically work across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, both in Australia and internationally. They may work in a variety of healthcare settings including:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Community health centres
  • Rehabilitation units
  • Aged care facilities
  • Psychiatric clinics, hostels and community teams
  • Industry and workplaces
  • Supported accommodation, employment and leisure services for people with mental issues
  • Housing and design services
  • Early intervention units in regular and special schools
  • Independent living centres
  • Research institutions
  • Private practice

  • Campus Life

    Happy students

    Within UQ, The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is ranked number one in overall student satisfaction and is in equal first place for the greatest number of teaching and learning awards, citations, grants and fellowships.

  • Accreditation

    Professional membership

    UQ's OT qualification is recognised by OT Australia, AHPRA and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, which means you can work both within Australia and internationally.

  • Professional experience

    Interprofessional placements

  • Careers

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Summary

  • Program code
    2368
  • QTAC code
    724002
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    64
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code
    082621C

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake approximately 1,000 hours^ of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals, educational facilities, other health care organisations, private practices and UQ's internal clinics. During your placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life settings.

You will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from year one before commencing full time block placements during years three and four.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

^ hours can vary depending on elective course chosen and whether a student elects to undertake the research stream

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Occupational Therapy Australia

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Occupational Therapy Council, World Federation Of Occupational Therapy

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $40,944
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR recertification (approx $55)
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approx $155)
  • Clinical uniform: Shirts (approx. $25); Black slacks (can either be own or purchased for approx. $60)
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Students must obtain at the commencement of the program and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue card and First Aid Certificate (including CPR).

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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