Course and Subject Handbook 2011 Course Information Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Post-Qualification)

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Post-Qualification)

Administration and Availability Information

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details


Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an Occupational Therapy diploma or degree that is accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

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 7.0 with no component lower than 7.0 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.

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:

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:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 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

OT3011:03 Enhancing Practice Capabilities

OT3012:03 Professional Practice Preparation

OT3006:03  Rural and Urban Practice - Australian OT Perspectives

OT4003:03  Health Law and Ethics, Reflective Practice

OT4004:03  Advanced Professional Practice

TM4401:03  Health, Policy and Planning


HS2403:03  Health Promotion for Health Professionals


HS3401:03  Health Professional Research 2


HS2401:03  Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care


OT2014:03 Contextual Determinants of Occupation







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

2 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Not applicable

Maximum allowed



Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

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 availability

Honours available as a separate graduate entry course


Candidates must satisfy the School requirements relating to the necessary standard of academic achievement.