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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy - 373JA

Course Code: 373JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Occupational Therapy
UAC Code: 365107
CRICOS Code: 095232J
Selection Rank: 85.15
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0, with no band score below 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Manage the occupational needs of an evolving nation

Discover the science, strategies, and theories behind a profession dedicated to helping people live full and meaningful lives regardless of age, disability, or limitations - with the UC Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree.

In this course, you will learn to assess a person’s unique issues to offer better, more tailored recovery solutions based on a wholistic and comprehensive look at an individual’s physical, psychosocial and environmental needs.

Successful completion of this course will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of health issues in Australia, and the skills to help individuals, groups, and communities engage in the occupations they need to, want to or are expected to do.

This course also prepares you for further study opportunities and the chance to gain the additional skills to move into senior, more researched based positions.

Study a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at UC and you will:

  • obtain a broad and coherent understanding of critical values, theories, perspectives and concepts that underpin the occupational therapy profession
  • be able to use your knowledge, skill and professional awareness to add value to the assessment, intervention and therapeutic process
  • communicate clearly and coherently in a range of occupational therapy settings to a variety of stakeholders
  • be able to read, critique and evaluate evidence from research into the practices of occupational therapy.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is an integral part of this course, giving you an invaluable opportunity to gain practical experience and form strong relationships with industry stakeholders and professionals before graduating.

Over four years, you’ll participate in 1000 hours of practical education in places such as hospitals, health clinics, community organisations, school and aged care facilities both locally or nationally.

Placements are full-time basis and will require interstate travel. Accommodation and transport costs are the student’s responsibility. For further information on WIL please visit https://www.canberra.edu.au/current-students/canberra-students/work-integrated-learning

There is also scope for international study/work placements in countries such as Canada and South East Asia, all of which offer incredible learning experiences and unique opportunities to network at a global level.

Note: local/national/international placements include credits that count towards your degree.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will be able to seek employment within public, private and or voluntary sector settings, as well as provide services in diverse environments such as homes, schools, workplaces, health centres, supported accommodation, housing for seniors, rehabilitation centres, hospitals and forensic centres.

Course-specific information

High achieving students with a passion for research may be invited to transfer into the Honours stream of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (with Honours) are designed to meet the entry-level standards required by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has been granted accreditation with conditions by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Ltd (OTC).

 

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Current and Commencing Students
Email student.centre@canberra.edu.au

Admission Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:
- Year 12 ATAR
- other Australian Qualification
- work experience
- overseas qualification

We also offer a number of entry initiatives that give you the opportunity to gain entry to the University via alternate pathway programs and admissions schemes.
More information is available on our Alternative Entry page: http://www.canberra.edu.au/future-students/applications/apply-now/alternative-entry

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places. To ensure your application is considered, we recommend applying by the 31st October as the first offers will be released in December.
Please be advised that if you submit your application after the advertised closing date, your application may not be considered.

Additional Admission Requirements

Clinical practice is a key component of the program and is assessed. Students may be required to complete this component outside of teaching time. Prior to commencing clinical practice, all students need to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid certificates including CPR, as a requirement of the ACT and NSW health departments. All students are required to undergo a 'working with vulnerable people' check, and Australian Federal Police Record Check prior to undertaking clinical experience.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 1
2020 UC Canberra - Bruce Campus Semester 1
Semester 1
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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If your course contains an open elective component of 12 credit points or more you may like to complete a breadth major or minor. For a list of breadth majors and minors follow this link. Other majors may also be available so seek course advice if you want more information.

Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy B OccupationalTherapy
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) B OccupationalTherapy (Hons)

Alternate Exit Awards

Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree of Health Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $34,000
2020 CSP $35,000

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has been granted accreditation with conditions by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Ltd (OTC).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Learning outcomes for the Diploma of Health Sciences:
1. Graduates at this level will have technical and theoretical knowledge in one or more of a broad range of areas within the health sector.
UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession; and
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development.
2. Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
a. Analyse health information;
b. Provide and transmit solutions to sometimes complex problems in the health sector and;
c. Transmit information and skills to others.
UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Communicate effectively;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
3. Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills in one or more areas of the health sector to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility in known or changing contexts and within broad but established parameters. UC graduates are professional:
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Be self-aware; and
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Learning outcomes for the Associate Degree in Health Studies.
1. Graduates at this level will have broad technical and theoretical knowledge of a specific health area or of a broad range of areas within the health sector.
UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession; and
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development.
2. Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
a. Analyse health information;
b. Interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in the health sector; and
c. Transmit information and skills to others.
UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Communicate effectively;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; and
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
3. Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills in one or more areas of the health sector to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility:
a. In contexts that are subject to change; and
b. Within broad parameters to provide specialist advice and functions.
UC graduates are professional:
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Be self-aware; and
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will be able to:
1. Obtain a broad and coherent understanding of the key values, theories, perspectives and concepts that underpin the profession of occupational therapy.
UC graduates are professional:
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Think globally about issues in their profession;
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
Understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; and
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; and
Be self-aware.
2. Be able to use their knowledge, skill, understanding and professional awareness in the assessment, intervention, therapeutic and educational tools relevant to the ethical practice of occupational therapy. UC graduates are professional:
Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
Make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives; and
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
Be self-aware;
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
3. Be able to communicate clearly and coherently in a range of occupational therapy settings with a range of stakeholders. UC graduates are professional:
Communicate effectively;
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
Work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; and
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Be self-aware.
4. Have the cognitive ability to read, critique and evaluate evidence from research and science into the practices of health care and health services. UC graduates are professional:
Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
Display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload; and
Take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens:
Behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners:
Be self-aware;
Adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
Evaluate and adopt new technology.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) will be able to:
1. Obtain a coherent and advanced understanding of the key values, theories, perspectives and concepts that underpin the profession of occupational therapy.
Knowledge:
Graduates at this level will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

Skills:
Graduates at this level will have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
- analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities
- analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems
- transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others.
2. Be able to use their advanced knowledge, skill, understanding and professional application of the assessment, intervention, therapeutic and educational tools relevant to the ethical practice of occupational therapy. Knowledge:
Graduates at this level will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

Skills:
Graduates at this level will have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
- analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities
- analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems
- transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others.
3. Be able to communicate clearly and coherently in a diverse and varied range of occupational therapy settings with a range of stakeholders. Knowledge:
Graduates at this level will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

Skills:
Graduates at this level will have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
- analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities
- analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems
- transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others.
4. Have the cognitive ability to read, critique, evaluate and apply evidence from research and science into the practices of health care and health services. Knowledge:
Graduates at this level will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.

Skills:
Graduates at this level will have advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:
- analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities
- analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems
- transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others.

Application of knowledge and skills:
Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.

Course Duration

Standard eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.

Honours

Students who successfully complete the requirement for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours will graduate with an AQF level 8 degree. The level of honours awarded will be specified as First Class Honours (H1); Second Class Honours, Division I (H2A); or Second Class Honours, division 2 (H2B) according to the Honours Courses Policy and Procedures. A minimum requirement for entry to the Honours degree is a grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 across all the required units in the first 5 semesters of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy course (72 credit points). GPA is calculated according to the Measures of Academic Achievement Policy and Procedures. The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours Convenor will select the students to be invited into the honours stream. An honours selection committee will review students' expression of interest for entry into the honours stream and make recommendations on which students are suitable for entry to the honours program. The honours selection committee will comprise i) the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours Convenor or their representative, ii) the Discipline Lead for Occupational Therapy or their representative, ii) at least one other member of occupational therapy staff. The selection committee will consider the students' GPA, their motivation for enrolling in honours, their potential to maintain their GPA while completing a more demanding course of study, their writing ability, their performance in a selection interview, and any relevant factors as determined by the selection committee. To remain in the honours stream, students i) must maintain a GPA greater than or equal to 5.0 across all units required for the final 3 semesters of the Honours degree of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy course, and ii) must not fail any unit required for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours stream. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements will revert to the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy professional stream. These students may apply in writing to the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours Convenor to make a case for remaining in the honours stream due to extenuating circumstances. These applications will be considered on their merits and the student informed of the outcome.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Diploma of Health Studies, 375JA - In order for the Diploma of Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: - completed 24 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 - completed a minimum of 12 credit points at UC and - obtained a minimum of 12 credit points in any of the health disciplines. Associate Degree of Health Studies, 376JA - In order for the Associate Degree in Health Studies to be awarded the student must have: - completed 48 credit points with at least 12 credit points at Level 1 and 12 credit points at Level 2 - completed a minimum of 24 credit points at UC and - obtained a minimum of 24 credit points in any of the health disciplines.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode

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