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CB84 - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)


Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

This course aims to develop highly competent and autonomous occupational therapy graduates skilled in interprofessional and client-centred practice. To achieve this, the course will be informed by contemporary health research and occupational theories tailored to meet local, national and global community needs. Additionally graduates will develop their advanced skills by planning and implementing a small research or evaluation project.

Career Information

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.

Course Details
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) B
AQF Level Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Bundaberg - 811431
  • QLD - Rockhampton - 851431
International Students
  • ROK - 075754D
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2019


Term 1 - 2018


Term 1 - 2017


Term 1 - 2016


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What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

Domestic students - QTAC

International students - Online

English (4SA), and a Science subject (Chemistry,Biology or Physics)

International Students

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA you are required to meet the English Language Prerequisite by:

  • an academic IELTS completed within the last 2 years (from the term you are applying to start) with a minimum achievement of 7.0 in each band and overall or
  • a secondary or university qualification which is not more than 5 years old (from the term you are applying for entry into) with a satisfactory level of achievement of at least 2 years in duration from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA.

The English Language Proficiency requirements may also be satisfied by (results are to be no older than 2 years from the start of term):

  • Occupational test - Result of ‘A' or ‘B'
Security Requirements
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Health Requirements
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Assumed Knowledge


Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

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 Accreditiation

This course has received Accreditation with conditions from the the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia and New Zealand.

Residential School Requirements

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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Practicum/Work Placement

- Students are required to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of professional practice.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 107
2018 104
2017 74
2016 63
2015 53
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Explain the complexity of contemporary healthcare systems and the multi-cultural and societal factors underpinning modern occupational therapy practice
  • 2. Demonstrate advanced contemporary occupational therapy skills, including professional written and oral communication, and their application in a complex healthcare environment
  • 3. Use a range of systematic information gathering and analysis skills to plan, implement and evaluate occupational therapy intervention(s)
  • 4. Apply appropriate standards of ethical, social and professional behavior in the context of occupational therapy practice
  • 5. Critically analyse, reflect upon and apply knowledge, principles and concepts related to occupational therapy in the completion of a course evaluation or reserach project
  • 6. Investigate, analyse and synthesis reseach information and evidence from a range of sources relevant to occupational therapy and more broadly across complex health environments in order to inform and improve ongoing professional practice
  • 7. Advance health promotion and education activities pertaining to occupational therapy within the broader health care context and across diverse settings
  • 8. Demonstrate application of ethical standards and practice while conducting research and evaluation activities
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 26 Total credit points: 192

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ALLH11001 Introduction to Allied Health Practice
ALLH11005 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 1
PSYC11010 Fundamentals of Psychology
OCCT11002 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ALLH11006 Life Course Development for Health Professionals
OCCT11001 Introduction to Activity and Occupation
ALLH12007 Research Methods for Health Professionals
ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 2
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology & Measurement
ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
OCCT12003 Occupational Performance across the Lifespan 1
OCCT12006 Understanding the Environment
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH12028 Health Promotion Strategies
INDG11006 Foundations of Indigenous Learning
OCCT12004 Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan 2
OCCT12002 Occupational Justice: Local and Global
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCCT13002 Enabling Strategies in Neurological Rehabilitation
OCCT13007 Enabling Mental Health
SOCL19065 Rural Communities and Health
OCCT13001 Enabling Work Participation
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCCT13005 Professional Practice 2
OCCT13006 Professional Practice 1
Year 4 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCCT14006 Professional Practice 3
Year 4 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCCT14004 Developing Occupation-Centred Community Programs
OCCT14002 Specialisation in Occupational Therapy
OCCT14003 Transition to Professional Practice
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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:

  1. Signed Student declaration and confidentiality agreement;
  2. Current Australian Federal Police ( National Police Check) (not older than 3 years);
  3. Current approved first aid/CPR certificate; and
  4. Evidence of appropriate immunisations which include but are not limited to: Hepatitis B; Adult Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough); Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella (chicken pox); Tuberculosis (TB)/Mantoux Test;
  5. Students require a Student (S) blue card -application form can be found at
  6. Completion of CQU Pre-clinical requirements

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 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.

Computing Requirements

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.