ATAR cut-off
87.25
93.50 (Median ATAR)
About ATARs
International entry requirement

UAC code

483700
Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

4 years full-time.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

Find out more about IELTS.

Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 12338
CRICOS code: 001132B

Study occupational therapy at UON

Help people live a healthy and full life.

UON trains world-class occupational therapists. Our graduates work worldwide, helping people and communities overcome unique challenges to get the most out of everyday life activities. You might help children reach developmental milestones or manage their disability. You could assist older clients to return to their daily lives after a stroke or hip replacement. Or perhaps you will help people return to work following an accident.

As a UON graduated occupational therapist, your skills will be invaluable as you work closely with individuals to assess their unique situation, determine goals and put together a plan for success.

Why study with us?

  • Our graduates get jobs: 98% of occupational therapy graduates from 2015 secured employment within four months of graduating.
  • Learn from research leaders: UON is a global leader in medical and health science research, keeping you on the forefront of breaking research discoveries.
  • World-class facilities: Our interactive, specially designed clinical skills laboratory includes a modified bathroom and kitchen and a virtual house and playground.
  • Be work ready with 1,000+ hours of hands-on experience through clinical placements in public and private centres. You may have the opportunity to complete an overseas placement, or be eligible for international travel grants and scholarships.
  • Tick the boxes for professional registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Health and Medicine Scholarships: Find out about our scholarships for international and domestic scholarships

98% Employed ? within four months of graduating
1,000+ hours ? of clinical placement
ERA 5 ? well above world standard for health and medicine research

What you will study

Your occupational therapy studies at UON will teach you theoretical knowledge in biomedical, behavioural and occupational sciences. You will also have plenty of opportunities to hone your skills through hands-on professional placements. You will:

  • Gain professional occupational therapy skills through case-based training and interactive team work activities designed to help you become a creative thinker and self-directed learner.
  • Learn exceptional communication and interpersonal skills needed to work one-on-one with patients as an occupational therapist.
  • Develop critical research skills that will set you in good stead for life-long learning in the field of occupational therapy.

Areas of study include:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • biomedical, behavioural and occupational sciences and therapy
  • mental health
  • psychology
  • sociology and community development

All UON occupational therapy students graduate with Honours, giving you a distinct advantage when seeking employment. As part of the honours component you can choose from two study pathways.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Our graduates are well prepared and enjoy great employment prospects with 98% securing jobs within four months of completing their degree. Careers in occupational therapy are immensely rewarding as you work closely with individuals to assess their unique situation, determine goals and put together a plan for success.

Take a look below for some common roles for occupational therapy graduates.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will typically find employment in both public and private sectors in a wide range of practice settings, from hospitals through to industry. The list below provides typical job titles for Occupational Therapy graduates.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.


Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

UON's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is accredited by Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTB) as part of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA).

Practical experience

Practical experience

Professional placement

All UON occupational therapy students complete 1,000 hours of professional practice during their degree, starting in first year. During your placement, you are mentored and supervised by qualified occupational therapy practice educators. You can undertake your placement in a variety of settings, both locally and nationally, including rural placements.

Final year supervised practice

You will work independently in your final year of studies, carrying a caseload under supervision. As well as building your professional skills and understanding, your supervised practice gives you the chance to sample the wide range of career possibilities available to you as an occupational therapist.

On-campus facilities

During your degree, you will have access to interactive, technology-based learning facilities, including our specially designed clinical skills laboratory, complete with a modified home (bathroom and kitchen) and a virtual house and playground.