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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Location
Townsville
Commencing
February
Duration
4 years full-time
Attendance mode
Internal
Entry Requirements
English (4,SA); plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health Education or Physical Education (4,SA)
CRICOS code
094677K
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Make a meaningful difference in the community with an Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree from JCU. Assist people to maximise meaningful participation in their daily lives and occupations.

JCU Occupational Therapy (Honours) graduates are equipped to have rewarding careers throughout Australia.

Graduates gain employment in public and private hospitals, rehabilitation units, community health centres, aged care facilities, mental health services, schools, independent living centres, vocational rehabilitation settings, and in private practice.

You may also find employment in industry research, education, and training.

Upon graduation, you can register for practice in Australia through the Occupational Therapists Board of Australia Health Professional Registration Agency (AHPRA), and become a member of OT Australia—The Australian Association of Occupational Therapists. Graduates may also register to practice in New Zealand and apply to practice internationally.

With an Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree from JCU, take a special focus on occupational therapy in rural and remote settings and become equipped to make the most of the many opportunities offered through working in these areas. Learn theory, professional practice, and clinical skills for a diverse range of clients and circumstances.

Take part in over 1,000 hours of professional work placements to develop the experience necessary to excel in your career. Sharpen your skills at the JCU Health Occupational Therapy Clinic on campus in Townsville.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Make a difference working directly with patients, helping them to achieve optimal health and wellbeing, with the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from JCU. Equip yourself with a person-focused course of study that will prepare you for a challenging and fulfilling career.

Cutting-Edge Research

Become an expert in contemporary therapeutic approaches and help others to live and work more effectively or recover from surgery, accidents or sports injuries. Rise to the top of your field with comprehensive subjects in occupational therapy (OT), anatomy and physiology, and clinical medicine.

Develop your theoretical knowledge through 1,000+ hours of professional placements, including working with real patients at the JCU Health Occupational Therapy Clinic. Get outside of the classroom and learn how to apply your skills in a variety of settings as you study occupational therapy in Queensland. Become valuable to employers using your strong cross-cultural skills while working with a diverse array of clients in rural settings, private clinics and busy urban hospitals.

Study Occupational Therapy and Forge a Future

A degree and a job are important: gain both through your occupational therapy courses in Queensland. Graduate with confidence with a degree accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand). Graduates can apply for professional registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Be in demand by developing strong communication skills and a problem-solving mindset through your occupational therapy degree studies at JCU. Become a critical thinker and learn how to retrieve, evaluate and apply evidence to improve patient outcomes. Grow into a leader in the field with your understanding of professional behaviours and strategies and your mastery of the legal and ethical issues of occupational therapy.

Take your OT bachelor degree into many different workplaces. Choose from hospital or rehabilitation unit jobs, work in community health centres, or be part of improving the lives of seniors at aged care facilities. You could even choose to be part of future change, working at schools or training others in occupational therapy.

Change the World With Your Occupational Therapy Degree

Study alongside Australia's leading OT professionals and learn how to practise with a people-focused ethos. Build your skills in identifying meaningful activities and gauging the strengths of others. Use the insight you gain to improve lives as you teach people to overcome challenges.

Improve a child’s future by teaching them self-care, play and social skills, and the strategies they need to cope with the stresses of school and everyday life. Develop programs that restore your clients to live meaningful, engaged lives in their communities.

Use your experience in studying occupational therapy in Queensland to make a difference. Your unique understanding of the challenges to rural and remote communities will help you serve people all over the world. Become especially equipped to reach out to marginalised people and under-served communities through your work at JCU.

Study Occupational Therapy and Be Part of Positive Change

Graduate from JCU ready to enter the workforce and enjoy a successful career. You will be ready to make a meaningful difference, one client at a time.
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This course is accredited by Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) Ltd (OTC).

Consult the handbook for specific admission requirements and further information.

Honours

An Honours degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees.

Students will be eligible to be offered a position in the research honours major by the Head of Academic Group if they have achieved an average GPA of 5.5 across level one and level two of the program. Students who are not offered a position in the research major, or who are offered a position in the research major but decline this offer, will continue in the professional honours major for levels three and four. A quota on entry into the research major may be applied depending on the availability of supervisors.

Students graduating with the research honours major undertake a research project in an area of specialisation, while students graduating with the professional honours major undertake a professional project.

Note: Depending on where you complete your Professional Experience Placement activities, you will have to comply with the pre-placement requirements of JCU and your host facility.

You must complete all Professional Experience Placement requirements by the set deadlines and ensure all requirements are kept up to date throughout your course enrolment.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

Ready to apply? Apply now.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at enquiries@jcu.edu.au or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) [Embedded]

Handbook year

2020

Course code

70509

Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)

Professional Accreditation Status

This course is accredited by Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Ltd (OTC). Students enrolled in this degree will be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their program of study or until they are no longer enrolled. Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English; plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health Education or Physical Education

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

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.

Additional selection requirements

Students will be eligible to be offered a position in the research major by the Head of Academic Group if they have achieved an average GPA of 5.5 across level one and level two. Students that are not offered a position in the research major, or that are offered a position in the research major but decline this offer, will continue in the professional major for levels three and four.

Special admission requirements

A quota on entry into the research major may be applied depending on the availability of supervisors.

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 Coursework Enrolment Policy.

Post admission requirements

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

https://www.jcu.edu.au/professional-experience-placement/preparation-checklists

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

The James Cook University Bachelors of Occupational Therapy (Hons) degree will prepare graduates for registration as an entry level Occupational Therapist (OT) in Australia and function as a pathway for research and further learning. The course is aligned with the Australian Standards for Occupational Therapy including AHPRA OT code of conduct and OTA Occupational Therapy Competencies.

On successful completion of the course, graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Integrate coherent and advanced theoretical and technical knowledge, in the discipline of occupational therapy, to contribute to the development of an inclusive society in rural, remote, indigenous and tropical contexts

  • Demonstrate appropriate ethical, legal and professional behaviours, skills and strategies, in the delivery of culturally safe and client-centred care

  • Retrieve, synthesise and evaluate information from multiple sources to assess and improve the health status and well-being of individuals and/or populations

  • Critically evaluate and apply evidence in occupational therapy and inter-professional practice and theory building

  • Communicate clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, appropriate for graduate entry into the occupational therapy workforce

  • Deliver safe and sustainable occupational therapy and, where necessary, formulate, implement and monitor management plans, in collaboration with individuals and/or populations and other professionals, within the accepted professional and personal scope of practice

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes to assess professional learning needs and demonstrate autonomy and accountability in planning ongoing professional development

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1

BM1031:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Occupational Therapy 1

OT1011:03 Introduction to Occupation and Occupational Therapy

RH1002:03 Communication Skills for Health Professionals

RH1004:03 Foundations of Allied Health Professional Practice

Teaching Period 2

BM1032:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Occupational Therapy 2

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

OT1012:03 Enabling Occupation through Partnerships

Level 2

Teaching Period 1

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

OT2015:06 Physical and Cognitive-neurological Determinants of Occupation

Teaching Period 2

HS2401:03 Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

OT2013:03 Psycho-emotional Determinants of Occupation

OT2014:03 Contextual Determinants of Occupation

RH2002:03 Clinical Medicine for Therapy

OPTIONS

Select a major from Table A

TABLE A (Majors)

Type of major

Single

Credit points in major

48 credit points

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Professional Honours

Townsville

Only available full time

Research Honours

Townsville

Only available full time

Students must achieve an average GPA of at least 5.5 across levels one and two to be offered a position in the Research Honours major.

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or 6 years part-time (levels one and two may be completed part-time however levels three and four must be completed full-time)

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all level one OT subjects before attempting any level two OT subjects.

Must successfully complete all of level one and level two before selecting an honours major.

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 Coursework Enrolment Policy.

Special assessment requirements

At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.

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

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

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

Other restrictions

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

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (HONOURS)

Approved abbreviation

BOccThy(Hons)

Inclusion of majors on testamur

No

Exit with lesser award

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$32,720 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

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Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.

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