Occupational therapy is a dynamic person-centred health profession. Practitioners support people of all ages, and their families, to engage in the occupations and activities of daily life, to optimise physical and mental health and wellbeing. Occupational therapists must be registered to practice in Australia, and may work in a range of government, educational, and industry settings, as well as in private enterprise, throughout the world. The aim of this fully accredited Occupational Therapy Course is to develop highly competent and autonomous occupational therapy graduates, skilled in inter-professional and person-/family-centred occupational therapy practice. To achieve this, the course is informed by contemporary research and occupational therapy theories and models. It is taught by occupational therapists and other suitably qualified professionals who are skilled and experienced in the diverse areas of occupational therapy practice. Although it addresses local, national, and global community needs, a particular emphasis is on training graduates to work in rural and regional communities. The occupational therapy course aligns seamlessly with CQ University's focus on social innovation and status as Australia’s first Ashoka U Changemaker Campus.
As a student in this Course, you will learn to (a) recognise aspects relevant to the person, the environment, and occupations that represent strengths and barriers to occupational engagement, and (b) address these, to support people to achieve their goals. You will engage in a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical practice, including full-time placements, for which you will need to meet a number of prerequisite requirements (e.g., obtaining a blue card, having a number of immunizations). In your final year, you will further develop your skills by planning and implementing a small community-based research or evaluation project.
Occupational therapists are employed in a range of settings such as public and private hospitals, rehabilitation centres, schools, nursing homes, research institutions, special, centres for persons with a social, intellectual or physical disability and private practice. They are also employed as mental health workers and rehabilitation consultants.
|Duration||4 years full-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||192|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||BOTPrac(Hons)|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree|
Indicative Year - 2022
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
|Rank Threshold||SR 70 | ATAR 70|
English (4SA), and a Science subject (Chemistry,Biology or Physics)
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years or:
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United states of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
Each student will be assessed individually.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CL13 - Diploma of Health Science|
|Professional Accreditation||This course has full accreditation with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||Students who select to study some units via distance education may be required to attend compulsory residential schools.|
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|OCCT14001 - Students are required to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of professional practice. Some of this is integrated within earlier Units of the Course, and there are additional full-time clinical education blocks.This Unit is the final of the three full time clinical education blocks.|
|OCCT13005 - This Unit is the second of three full time clinical education blocks.|
|OCCT13006 - This Unit is the first of three full time clinical education blocks.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding|
|5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Display leadership by creating inclusive work environments and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a culturally respectful manner|
|Number of units: 26||Total credit points: 192|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|ALLH11001||Introduction to Allied Health Practice|
|PSYC11010||Fundamentals of Psychology 1: Understanding Human Behaviour|
|OCCT11002||Introduction to Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice|
|ALLH11006||Life Course Development for Health Professionals|
|OCCT11001||Introduction to Activity and Occupation|
|ALLH12006||Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals|
|OCCT12003||Occupational Performance across the Lifespan 1|
|OCCT12006||Understanding the Environment|
|BMSC12007||Neurological Physiology & Measurement|
|INDG11006||Education and Learning: Colonisation and Decolonisation in the Cultural Interface|
|HLTH12028||Health Promotion Strategies|
|OCCT12004||Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan 2|
|OCCT12002||Occupational Justice: Local and Global|
|SOCL19065||Rural Communities and Health|
|OCCT13007||Enabling Mental Health|
|OCCT13002||Enabling Strategies in Neurological Rehabilitation|
|OCCT13001||Enabling Work Participation|
|OCCT14006||Professional Occupational Therapy Practice 2|
|OCCT14004||Developing Occupation-Centred Community Programs|
|OCCT14002||Specialisation in Occupational Therapy|
|OCCT14003||Transition to Professional Practice|
|BMSC11007||Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1|
|ALLH11009||Research Methods for Health Professionals|
|BMSC11008||Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2|
|OCCT13006||Professional Practice 1|
|OCCT13005||Professional Practice 2|
Work Integrated Learning and Fieldwork Education
The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) involves extensive fieldwork education which is embedded into the course. During the second year of the course students will be required to undertake up to 10 days of fieldwork visits. Students are expected to undertake a total of 12 weeks of placement in both 3rd and 4th years. In the final term of the course students are required to undertake around 150 hours of community placement. Overall students will complete a minimum of 1000 hours of fieldwork education.
Before commencing fieldwork education, students must have maintained the following to provide to the appropriate academic supervisor and their fieldwork supervisor:
Application for Credit Transfer
Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies undertaken equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity course have been successfully completed. Students should examine the unit synopses in this handbook to determine the units for which they may be eligible to claim exemption.
Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.
You can apply for direct credit against CQUniversity units, if equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. You must supply relevant documentation (study guides, unit profiles, etc) to do this. If your study was undertaken more than 10 years old, you may not be eligible to apply for this as credit.
It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students will be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.
It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.