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Occupational Therapy, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #710 (BCR) Albury, Australia | Port Macquarie, Australia
If you’re looking to build a career that will enhance people's health and wellbeing, the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Charles Sturt University will develop and inspire your passion to rise to challenges and make a difference to people, their families and communities.
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Occupational therapists work with people to improve their health and wellbeing, with a focus on physical and mental health that may be related to a person's injury or illness, or to an accident or developmental impairment.

Course highlights

You’ll graduate from the four-year, full-time Occupational Therapy degree from Charles Sturt University with a detailed understanding of the theoretical and practical components of the discipline, allowing you to confidently step into the workforce and begin a rewarding career as an occupational therapist.

  • Supportive learning environment

    Taught at Charles Sturt University's Albury-Wodonga and Port Macquarie campuses, you'll benefit from small class sizes, enthusiastic educators and our close ties with practitioners, health and social services, and the community.

  • Customise your education to suit your goals

    We know you need flexibility when you study; that's why you can study some occupational therapy subjects online in your first and second year. You can choose to exit the course following successful completion of the first year of study with the Diploma in Health Science, or the Associate Degree in Health Science after two years of study.

  • Integrated Honours

    You could enrol in the Honours program in your third or fourth year of the course. If selected, you will complete specific Honours subjects that replace standard subjects and develop your organisational, research and academic writing skills. Selection into the Honours stream depends on academic merit, the extent to which you have considered a potential project topic and the availability of appropriate supervisors.

  • Industry recognition

    This course is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia on behalf of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). To work as an occupational therapist, you must register for practice with AHPRA. The course is also accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia Ltd on behalf of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).

Career opportunities

Charles Sturt University's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has an excellent reputation in the industry, and many of our graduates find employment soon after graduation. The degree emphasises contemporary issues, including professional, organisational, sociocultural and political contexts of practice, ethics, Indigenous health and wellbeing, research and communication skills, ensuring you graduate with the attitudes, knowledge and skills to work successfully in a diverse range of rural, regional and metropolitan locations.

  • Engage with people of all ages

    From aged-care facilities to early childhood centres and schools – you'll be able to put your occupational therapy skills to work with a diverse range of community members and groups.

  • Lead community health services and health promotion

    Help people undertake meaningful occupation by working in mental health services, rehabilitation centres, and drug and alcohol services.

  • Work in public and private hospitals and private practice

    Treat patients recovering from accident, illness or injury to help them regain their independence and quality of life.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    256 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Foundations of Human Physiology
  • Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck, Pectoral Girdle, & Upper Limb
  • Neuroscience for Health Practice
  • Research for Health Practice
  • Indigenous Health
  • Occupation and Occupational Therapy
  • Communication for Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Occupational Therapy Processes
  • Enabling Strategies: Environmental Adaptation and Assistive Technologies
  • Occupational Engagement, Creativity, and Group Work
  • Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
  • Sociology of Health and Healthcare

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

CRICOS CODE: 016828B (Albury-Wodonga, Port Macquarie)

  • A completed High School Certificate with an ATAR of 70 (including adjustment factors) or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of two University level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.
  • A completed AQF Certficate IV or higher ( or equivalent).
  • A completed Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.

Tuition Fee


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