Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

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Description (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Occupational therapists (OT's) 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, OT's 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.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.

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
  • higher education, tertiary or post-secondary qualifications and/or
  • overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.

International Students

International students currently undertaking:

an Australian Year 12 in Australia

an Australian Year 12 outside Australia

an International Baccalaureat (IB) in Australia

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

All other international students:

Apply direct to International Admissions. Entry based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirement.

Students who completed their education in a non-English speaking country must have an IELTS of 7.0 on admission in line with University policy.


Selection Criteria (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Milestone:
  • National Police Certificate
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration
Additional Selection Criteria:
  • Students are required to complete a NSW Department of Health Vaccination card in order to undertake professional placements in a NSW Department of Health facility.

    Special selection procedures apply to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.


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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 new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program provides an embedded honours stream of study. Students who achieve a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or more over the program by the completion of year 3, may elect to undertake HLSC4310 (Research Project) and, where candidate's performance is of a sufficient standard, the degree may be awarded with Honours.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students will complete more than 1000 hours of supervised practice in a variety of settings both locally and nationally as part of the program. Rural placements will be mandatory. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for professional experience will be the responsibility of the student.


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has been accredited by the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.

For admission into this program, International students must:

  • have a ATAR or equivalent within 5 points of the entry required for Commonwealth Supported domestic students

Faculty and University policies and procedures will be followed as required.

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 7.0.


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Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided 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. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/

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.


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Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy requires the completion of 320 units. This program is a full-time program of study. Students undertaking the Honours stream are only eligible to undertake 10 units of electives.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HLSC1000Transition to Health Sciences Education and PracticeSemester 110 units
HUBS1105Musculoskeletal AnatomySemester 110 units
HUBS1401Human BioscienceSemester 110 units
OCCT1110Introduction to Occupational TherapySemester 110 units
OCCT1201Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice

Prior successful completion of OCCT1110 and HLSC1000. Current National Police Certificate, First Aid Certificate and Prohibited Employment Declaration.

Semester 210 units
OCCT1242Group Processes in Occupational Therapy

Prior successful completion of OCCT1110.

Semester 210 units
STAT1070Statistics for the SciencesSemester 210 units
PSYC2505Foundations of Psychology and Sociology for Health ProfessionalsSemester 210 units
Back to topYear 2 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HUBS2103Neural and Visceral AnatomySemester 110 units
OCCT2150Enabling Occupation: Mental Health and Wellbeing

Prior successful completion of OCCT1242.

Semester 110 units
OCCT2151Occupational Therapy and Everyday Living

Prior successful completion of OCCT1201.

Semester 110 units
SOCA2505Sociology and Psychology of Mental Health for Occupational TherapySemester 110 units
OCCT2252Motor and Process Abilities in Occupations

Prior successful completion of HUBS2103.

Semester 210 units
OCCT2253Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice

Prior successful completion of OCCT1242.

Semester 210 units
OCCT2254Beginning Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

Prior successful completion of OCCT1242.

Semester 220 units
Back to topYear 3 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
OCCT3160Adapting Environments in the Home

Prior successful completion of OCCT2151.

Semester 110 units
OCCT3161Intermediate Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

Prior successful completion of OCCT2254.

Semester 120 units
HLSC4120Research Methodology and DesignSemester 110 units
PUBH1080Studies in Population Health and Health PromotionSemester 210 units
OCCT3262Enabling Occupation in Productivity

Prior successful completion of OCCT2150 and OCCT2151.

Semester 210 units
OCCT3264Children, Youth & Families: An Occupational Approach

Prior successful completion of OCCT2150, OCCT2252, OCCT2253, SOCA2505 and PSYC2505.

Semester 210 units
Electives
Elective 1Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 210 units
Back to topYear 4 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
OCCT4163Occupational Science in the Community

Prior successful completion of OCCT3160, OCCT3161, OCCT3262, OCCT3264, PUBH1080, HLSC4120.

Semester 110 units
OCCT4170Leisure and Occupational Lifestyles

Prior successful completion of OCCT3160, OCCT3161, OCCT3262, OCCT3264, PUBH1080, HLSC4120.

Semester 110 units
OCCT4273Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

Prior successful completion of OCCT3160, OCCT3262, OCCT3264, PUBH1080, HLSC4120.

Semester 220 units
OCCT4274Transitioning into Occupational Therapy Practice

Prior successful completion of OCCT3160, OCCT3161, OCCT3262, OCCT3264, PUBH1080, HLSC4120.

Semester 210 units
Electives
Elective 2Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 110 units
Back to topHonours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Year 4 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements for Honours.
HLSC4310Research Project

This course is for Honours students only.

Semester 120 units
Back to topNon-Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Year 4 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements for Non-Honours.
OCCT4172Researching and Developing an Occupational Therapy Intervention

This course is for Non-Honours students only. Prior successful completion of OCCT3160, OCCT3161, OCCT3262, OCCT3264, PUBH1080, HLSC4120.

Semester 110 units
OCCT4171Occupational Science in National and International Contexts

Prior successful completion of OCCT3160, OCCT3161, OCCT3262, OCCT3264, PUBH1080, HLSC4120.

Semester 210 units