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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
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.
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.
- Admission information for Australian students and residents
- Admission information for international students
During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Find out if you are eligible.
Current Australian Year 12 students:
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry is based on Selection Rank 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
All Applicants 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.
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 for more information on applying 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.
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
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
4 years full-time.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
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.
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.
- 2015 - 2020 Program Plan - for students who commenced in 2015 - 2020 162.1 KB
- 2021 Program Plan - for students commencing in Semester 1 2021 161.2 KB
PUBH1080 Studies in Population Health and Health Promotion was replaced by INDH2490 Foundations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health from 1 January 2021. Students who have not completed or received credit for PUBH1080 prior to 2021 will need to complete INDH2490.
OCCT3160 will be offered in Semester 2 and OCCT3264 will be offered in Semester 1 from 2021 onward.
To ensure you enrol correctly, please refer to the program plan for the year you commenced your degree.
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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Graded and Ungraded Streams
Choose either the Graded Stream or the Ungraded Stream.
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.
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  section 5.2.2. Enquiries concerning eligibility for Graded Honours should be directed to the Program Convenor.
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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