Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapy course has been designed to prepare graduates to undertake a life-long rewarding career in occupational therapy. Graduates will make a difference in the lives of people living with disabilities or health challenges by enabling their participation in everyday activities to ensure a full and meaningful life.

Domestic

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Local
Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationCampbelltown
Duration 4F 
UAC Code723555 [Campbelltown]
Entrance Rank80.00 ATAR [Campbelltown]
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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.

International

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International
Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationCampbelltown
Duration4F
Course Code4711.1 [CRICOS Code: 086212K] 
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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

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Details

Occupational therapy is a highly regarded field in which you can apply your knowledge and skills to provide therapy for people who, because of illness, injury or circumstances, are limited in their ability to perform everyday tasks. You may help someone with a spinal cord injury return to work, you may recommend modifications to their car so that they can drive again, or you may help children with disabilities attend school. Occupational therapy is about enabling people to participate fully in every part of their life.

The Western Sydney University's occupational therapy course is among the top programs in Australia. Graduates from Western's occupational therapy programs are renowned for their ability to use their knowledge and skills in a practical, evidence-based approach in practice. Graduates are sought after by employers and go on to have long and rewarding careers.
In the core subjects and your studies of occupational therapy you will develop a client focus, centred on each individual within his or her social, cultural and physical environment. The occupational therapy program promotes the value of human diversity, fundamental human rights and the dignity and worth of every client.

Western Sydney University is a leader in taking an evidence- based approach to health sciences teaching, learning and research, to produce professionals who can truly help others to lead lives that are filled with meaningful and purposeful occupations. Independent learning, self-direction and experience in analysing and resolving problems will help you to develop the skills and ability to work effectively in the modern health and disability sectors. These are qualities that employers particularly appreciate in Western Sydney occupational therapy graduates.

The Western Sydney University occupational therapy program offers the flexibility of an early exit point if you decide to leave at the end of the third year. Assuming you have successfully completed all of the first three years, you can be awarded a Bachelor of Health Science (but you will not be qualified to work as an occupational therapist). This allows you to consider other health science career pathways.

Practical Experience

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students have a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice in a range of settings in order to meet the fieldwork guidelines of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Occupational therapy practice units are in each year of the course.

Units

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Career Opportunities for Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Public and Private Hospitals

Occupational therapists working in public and private hospitals assist children and adults who are experiencing acute health problems such as having surgery, people who have had cardiac or respiratory problems, or those undergoing cancer or other medical treatment. Occupational therapists assess these clients to solve problems they may experience upon discharge from hospital. Therapists ensure clients can go home and be safe to perform activities of daily living.

Rehabilitation Centres

Working in rehabilitation centres involves therapy for people who have experienced an injury (eg. a brain injury from a car accident) or health problem (eg. such as a stroke) that has led to the person needing expert assistance to be rehabilitated to their maximum level. Therapists work with clients to regain lost skills (eg. learning to use their hand again) and learn new ways of doing things (eg. using a wheelchair when no longer being able to walk). The aim is to help people return to their previous life or assist them to create a new life that accommodates the challenges they face.

Insurance Companies

Many clients who experience injuries at work or in car accidents are linked into services through an insurance company. Therapists therefore work in conjunction with clients and insurers to plan the best care, supports and resources for such clients to enable their recovery, help them return to work, or enhance participation in activities of daily living.

Schools

Children with disabilities require assistance to engage fully in school. Occupational therapists working in consultation with schools assist teachers and parents to maximise a child or adolescent's engagement in the school environment. This makes a difference by allowing children with disabilities to have the best education possible despite their challenges.

Private practice and private rehabilitation providers

 Occupational therapists working in private practice run their own business. Many private practitioners have paediatric oriented practices, working with children with a range of disabilities to assist their development. Other private practitioners work with clients injured at work, or those living in the community and requiring ongoing rehabilitation. Others undertake medico-legal assessment work, examining the functional capacity of people undergoing court proceedings for compensation.

Mental health workers and rehabilitation consultants.

 Many occupational therapists dedicate their career to working with clients of all ages experiencing mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions. Therapists work in hospitals, rehabilitation and recovery-based community services, and as general case managers in mental health settings.

Academic Profile

Doctor Rosalind Bye

Ros gained her undergraduate degree at Cumberland College of Health Sciences in 1989 and worked as a clinical occupational therapist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. In 1991 Ros commenced her Masters research study into occupational therapy in palliative care and began her academic career at the University of Sydney, teaching on the undergraduate occupational therapy program. Ros completed her masters study, and then moved to the…

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How to apply

All domestic applications for entry to Western Sydney University undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

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