Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Graduate)

Administration and Availability Information

Course Code

100308

Version

2

Faculty

Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in nursing or other relevant health professional program. Applicants must prove currency of their studies or clinical practice by demonstrating active involvement in health practice or health related education in the previous eight years, by providing documentary evidence with their QTAC application.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Guidelines Bachelor degrees.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System.  An IELTS score of 7 with no component lower than 7 is required (Band 3 at JCU).

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration upon graduation as occupational therapists in Australia.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to Hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to: https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/

Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Candidates must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements.  Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that candidates hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies may require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. If requested, students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

http://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Bachelor degree Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

BM1031:03  Anatomy and Physiology for Occupational Therapy 1

BM1032:03  Anatomy and Physiology for Occupational Therapy 2

HS1003:03  Lifespan Development for Health A

HS1401:03  Health and Health Care in Australia

OT1011:03  Introduction to Occupation and Occupational Therapy

OT1012:03  Enabling Occupation through Partnerships

RH1002:03  Communication Skills for Health Professionals

RH1004:03  Allied Health Professionals in the Health Environment

Level 2

HS2401:03  Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

HS2402:03  Health Professional Research 1

HS2403:03  Health Promotion for Health Professionals

OT2013:03  Psycho-emotional Determinants of Occupation

OT2014:03  Contextual Determinants of Occupation

OT2011:03  Physical Determinants of Occupation

OT2012:03  Cognitive-neurological Determinants of Occupation

RH2002:03  Clinical Medicine for Therapy

Level 3

HS3401:03  Health Professional Research 2

OT3001:03  Occupational Therapy Independent Study

OT3011:03  Enhancing Practice Capabilities

OT3012:03  Professional Practice Preparation

OT3007:06  Rural and Urban Practice Perspectives

OT3104:06  Rural and Urban Practice for Graduates

Level 4

OT4002:03  Contemporary Issues for Health Professionals

OT4003:03  Health Law and Ethics, Reflective Practice

OT4004:03  Advanced Professional Practice

OT4006:12  Advanced Rural and Urban Practice Perspectives

TM4401:03  Health, Policy and Planning

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all OT and RH coded subjects at levels 1 and 2 before attempting any level 3 OT coded subject

Must successfully complete all OT coded subjects at level 3 before attempting any level 4 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Embedded honours available

Eligibility

At the start of level 3, the Head of School will invite selected students to enter the honours program.

Eligible candidates must obtain a grade of at least Credit for all subjects from the first two levels.

A quota on entry into the honours program may be applied depending on the availability of supervisors.