ATAR cut-off
87.50
89.55 (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

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Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 12338
CRICOS code: 001132B

Program handbook

Description

Occupational therapists (OTs) work with those whose abilities are impaired by disease, physical injury, developmental abnormalities, emotional trauma, psychological problems or social disadvantage. Through the therapeutic use of self, activities, specialised skills and equipment, OTs assist those people to regain their abilities and live with meaning and purpose. Increasingly, occupational therapists are working in the community in different areas of practice such as schools. More emphasis is being given to health and wellbeing and prevention.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Current and in-depth knowledge of concepts and theories of relevant biomedical and health sciences
  • Communicated effectively with individuals, groups and larger populations using written, spoken and technological modes
  • Demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning in personal and/or professional development with a focus on innovation
  • Demonstrated a commitment to ethical action and social responsibility as OT professionals
  • Competently applied a professional, evidence-based, body of knowledge and high level skills to provide safe and ethical practice

Details

Information correct as at28th Jun 2017 1:05pm
Program code12338
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face - Some online components
Duration
  • Australian students - 4 years full-time.
  • International students - 4 years full-time.
ATAR (2017)
LocationCut-offMedian
Callaghan Campus87.5089.55

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Recommended studiesBiology and 2U Mathematics.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Health and Medicine
Contributing schools
  1. School of Humanities and Social Science
  2. School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
  3. School of Health Sciences
  4. School of Medicine and Public Health
  5. School of Psychology
  6. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code001132B

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Find out if you are eligible for bonus points.

Current Australian Year 12 students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry is based on ATAR or interstate equivalent.

Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:

Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:

  • previous Year 12 studies and/or
  • Higher education, tertiary or post-secondary qualifications and/or
  • Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students apply through UAC and have the opportunity to access the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entry program which incorporates an interview process considering personal attributes as well as educational qualifications.

All International students:

Apply directly to International Admissions. International applicants must satisfy an English Language proficiency requirement.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0 Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline in most states of Australia is IELTS 7.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Please note that time restrictions apply to the granting of credit in this program.


Compulsory program requirements

We recognise that the best type of learning is practical experience. Students undertake supervised practice with occupational therapy educators, who help students learn while they are 'on the job'.

You will complete over 1,000 hours of practical experience throughout the program in a variety of settings, both locally and nationally, including mandatory rural placements.

Throughout the program, supervised practice increases in complexity and you will have the opportunity to work with greater autonomy over each year. In fourth year you will be ready to work independently and carry a case load under supervision.

As well as providing a strong professional understanding, practice experiences allow you to sample a range of career possibilities available to you as a qualified occupational therapist.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placement outside of semester terms. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for work-integrated learning/placements will be the responsibility of the student.

Post-admission requirements

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements

    Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. For more information please visit www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement

  • First Aid Certificate

    Before beginning their first clinical placement students are required to obtain a WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.

Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

OCCT1201 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice

OCCT2254 - Beginning Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

OCCT3161 - Intermediate Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

OCCT4273 - Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy


Professional recognition

Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (under AHPRA)

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia in partnership with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).Board registration standards must be met in order to practice in Australia.

Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand)

Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) is the professional association for occupational therapists. The program is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia and New Zealand  and also complies with the accreditation standards approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

320 units

Program duration

4 years full-time.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program requirements

Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) requires the completion of 320 units of approved courses.

The program is available in full-time mode only. Except with the permission of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, a candidate shall complete the program within six years of study from the date of commencement.

All registered health practitioners and education providers have a professional and ethical obligation to protect public health and provide safe healthcare. Students enrolled in this course should be aware that under the National Law (http://www.ahpra.gov.au/About-AHPRA/What-we-do/Legislation.aspx) there is a mandatory obligation for education providers and practitioners to report a student with an impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm while undertaking a professional practice placement.  For more information visit UON Student Placement website or http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Notifications/Make-a-complaint/Mandatory-notifications.aspx.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC1000Transition to Health Sciences Education and Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1105Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
HUBS1401Human Bioscience
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
OCCT1110Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT1201Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT1242Group Processes in Occupational Therapy
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
PUBH1080Studies in Population Health and Health Promotion
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Summer 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS2103Neural and Visceral Anatomy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT2150Enabling Occupation: Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT2151Occupational Therapy and Everyday Living
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT2252Motor and Process Abilities in Occupations
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT2253Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT2254Beginning Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units
PSYC2505Foundations of Psychology and Sociology for Health Professionals
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCA2505Sociology and Psychology of Mental Health for Occupational Therapy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT3160Adapting Environments in the Home
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT3161Intermediate Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units
OCCT3262Enabling Occupation in Productivity
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT3264Children, Youth and Families: An Occupational Approach
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
HLSC4120Research Methodology and Design
  • Summer 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT4163Occupational Science in the Community
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT4170Leisure and Occupational Lifestyles
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT4273Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
20 units
OCCT4274Transitioning into Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Graded and Ungraded Streams

Choose either the Graded Stream or the Ungraded Stream.

Graded Stream

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HLSC4310AResearch Project A
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
HLSC4310BResearch Project B
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
Ungraded Stream

Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
OCCT4171Occupational Science in National and International Contexts
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
OCCT4172Researching and Developing an Occupational Therapy Intervention
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Electives

Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

20 units

Honours

All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for Ungraded Honours. High performing students (minimum cumulative GPA of 5.5 at the end of Year 3) may be selected for admission into a Graded Honours stream. Positions within the Graded Honours stream are limited and entry is not guaranteed. Students selected into the Graded Honours stream are required to successfully complete 20 units of research courses as detailed in the Program Plan.The criteria for the determination of class of Honours are detailed in the Bachelor Honours policy [000990] section 5.2.2. Enquiries concerning eligibility for Graded Honours should be directed to the Program Convenor.


Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online