This program is designed to give you the skills you need to contribute to the health and rehabilitation of people who are limited in their ability to perform everyday tasks. Look forward to a program of practice and evidence-based learning which promotes the value of human diversity, fundamental human rights, and the dignity and worth of every client.
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Western's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is an accredited program that prepares graduates for this highly regarded field. The first two years of the program combine 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 final two years focus predominately on occupational therapy practice skills, practical experience and specialised areas. This program offers the flexibility of an honours stream for high performing students, as well as an early exit option, allowing students to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science after three years. To meet the fieldwork guidelines of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, you’ll benefit from hands-on experience and 1,000 hours in a professional practice.
The program is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia (Ltd) and approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTBA). The program is also approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
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As a graduate of this degree you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Public and private hospitals
- Insurance companies
- Private practice and private rehabilitation providers
- Rehabilitation centres
- Mental health workers and rehabilitation consultants
Occupational Therapists assess functional limitations of people resulting from illnesses and disabilities, and provide therapy to enable people to perform their daily activities and occupations.
School Occupational Therapist
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.
Occupational Therapy Educator
Occupational Therapy Educator careers usually involve gaining an academic post in a university, but practising Occupational Therapists also commonly teach as part of their work.
Occupational Therapy is a highly regarded profession and demand for Occupational Therapists is strong. As consultants to industry and / or government bodies, have considerable autonomy within the medical and healthcare professions.
University Lecturers and Tutors prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed program of study at a university and conduct research in a particular field of knowledge.
This degree gives you at least 1,000 hours’ professional practice in a range of settings.
Early exit point
If you decide to leave at the end of your third year, you won’t be qualified to work as an OT but you will be eligible for a Bachelor of Health Science.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.