Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    4 years full time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Western Sydney University
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Occupational Health Professional | Occupational Therapist | Lecturer | Industry Consultant |

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Course Rundown

Occupational therapists support and empower their clients by facilitating recovery from illness and overcoming barriers of disability to help them lead their best lives! As an occupational therapist, you may work with children, people with learning or physical disabilities or mental health issues and elderly people.

Open up the door to a multitude of career options and truly make a difference with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Western Sydney University. 

The course combines studies in occupational therapy with a broad understanding of biomedicine, and various health science fields, to develop the professional competencies important for ethical and safe practice.

 The course also covers occupational therapy practice skills, practical experience and specialised areas. You’ll come away with 1,000 hours of professional practice experience. 

If you want to build a career around improving the daily health and wellbeing of others The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Western Sydney University will put you on the right track!


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Assumed knowledge: any 2 units of English; AND
  • Recommended studies: Physics, Chemistry, Biology and/or Personal Development Health and Physical Education; AND
  • Comply with the NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act (2004) and complete a relevant declaration.

In this occupational therapy course, the subjects you may study include:

Year 1

  • Population Health and Society
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • Professional Health Competencies
  • Occupational Therapy Practice 1
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Communication in Health

Year 2

  • Occupational Therapy Practice 2
  • Pathophysiology 1
  • Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)
  • Culture, Diversity and Health
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Psychology and Health
  • People, Environment and Occupations

Year 3

  • Occupation and Neurology
  • Occupation and Mental Health
  • Occupational Therapy Practice 3
  • Child and Adolescent Occupations
  • Occupation and the Environment
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Occupation and Ageing
  • Occupational Justice

Year 4

  •  Occupational Therapy Project
  •  Occupational Therapy Specialties
  • Ergonomics and Work Occupations
  • Professional Reasoning
  • Occupational Therapy Practice 4A
  • Occupational Therapy Practice 4B

Trust Western Sydney University to get you qualified in your field! Gain a recognised degree in Business, Health, Psychology, Communication, Medical Science, Criminology, Arts or loads more with WSU. 

Study online or on-campus and gain valuable, real-life skills that'll see you succeed in the workforce. With a reputation for excellence, you can be proud to graduate with a degree that comes from a uni ranked in the top 2% globally! Open up to a world of possibilities and enquire about a course with WSU today.

When you join Western Sydney University you’re also joining an engaged online community of fellow students and academics, who are committed to helping you succeed during your studies.

Whether you're studying on-campus or online, students will have access to student advisors, specially trained online learning advisors, access to online assignment assistance to ensure your work is always on the right track, student welfare services including professional counselling, plus stay in touch with other students via WSU’s specially-built digital portal.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Australia Capital Territory: Campbelltown

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion, you'll receive a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Western Sydney University. 

As a graduate, you'll be eligible for professional registration by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and can advance your career in occupational therapy in a range of professional and private settings. 

Curious about where a career in occupational therapy could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Fees for this course vary depending on the units selected. 

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's HECS-HELP loan to cover all or part of your fees.

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HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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