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    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

    James Cook University

    James Cook University


    Australia, Townsville

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    Next Intake DeadlinesFebruary-2025
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    Duration 4 years
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    AUD 39,280  / year
    Next Intake February-2025

    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)


    Support individuals living with injuries or disabilities to increase their capabilities and participate fully in the actions that occupy their everyday lives. Learn within a supportive, hands-on environment and benefit from over 1,000 hours of professional work experience. Build your skills working with real clients and experienced practitioners through the JCU Health Occupational Therapy clinic on the Townsville campus. The JCU Occupational Therapy course is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia (Ltd).

    Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence you’ll need to help individuals achieve their goals in relation to the activities that they need, want or are expected to do in their daily lives. When you study the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at JCU, you’ll learn how to identify your future clients’ potential and how to use therapeutic approaches to help them maximise their participation and engagement in the activities that matter to them.

    Occupational therapists are primarily concerned with helping their clients develop or regain the abilities required for a variety of occupations, including those relating to self-care, work, school, play or leisure. JCU Occupational Therapy will help you understand how the human body works from the inside out. You’ll build on your core knowledge of human anatomy and physiology through learning about the psychosocial, biomechanical, neurological and contextual determinants of occupation. You will also acquire a strong understanding of lifespan development, health promotion and health care.

    Be prepared to engage in effective healthcare practice from your first year as you learn fundamental communication and practical skills for occupational therapists and allied health service delivery. You will develop a deeper understanding of the role of occupational therapists within the health sector and how their work contributes to the bigger picture of health care through engagements with community.

    Benefit from hands-on experience throughout your degree. You’ll hone vital skills while you study and train, whether alongside your expert lecturers and tutors at the JCU Health Occupational Therapy Clinic in Townsville or while on placement with one of JCU’s industry partners. Go beyond the Townsville clinical setting through professional work placements in urban, rural and remote areas. Rural and remote training will give you the advantage of practical experience and the opportunity to develop a wide range of generalist skills. You’ll graduate with confidence after undertaking over 1,000 hours of professional work experience across the course of your degree.

    This course is accredited by Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) Ltd (OTC). Upon graduation, you can become a registered occupational therapy professional through a simple application process.

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    About JCU's Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

    Make a difference working directly with clients and helping them to maximise their ability to participate in the activities that they need, want or are expected to undertake in their daily lives.  With the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from JCU, equip yourself with a course of study that will prepare you for a dynamic and fulfilling career.

    Study An Occupational Therapy Degree and Forge a Future

    Become an expert in contemporary therapeutic approaches and help others to participate meaningfully in all aspects of daily life. Take your Bachelor of Occupational Therapy honours degree into many different workplaces. Choose from a wide array of professional roles in hospitals, rehabilitation units, community health settings, mental health services, aged care facilities, schools, workplaces and more.

    As an OT you will have the chance to work with clients across the lifespan including new-born babies, children, adolescents, adults, older persons and people nearing end of life.  You will work in partnership with clients, focusing on their strengths and collaborating with them to overcome any barriers they might be experiencing due to physical impairment, psychological difficulties or social and/or contextual factors. In doing so, OTs help enable people to achieve their goals using a holistic and person-focused ethos.

    Experience has no substitute

    Apply your theoretical knowledge through 1,000+ hours of supervised professional placements, including placement opportunities at the JCU Health Occupational Therapy Clinic. Get outside of the classroom and learn how to apply your skills in a variety of settings as you study occupational therapy in Queensland with JCU.

    Throughout your placement, you’ll benefit from JCU’s partnerships with urban rural and remote health practitioners. You will have the opportunity to experience placement locally and/or throughout Australia.

    Become valuable to employers using your strong cross-cultural skills developed through both in-class teaching and practice placement opportunities.  These skills will equip you to work effectively with a diverse array of clients in rural settings, private clinics and busy urban hospitals.

    Be Ready Today for Tomorrow

    A degree and a job are important; gain both through JCU’s occupational therapy courses in Queensland. Graduate with confidence with a degree accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand). Graduates can apply for professional registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

    Be in demand by developing strong communication skills and a problem-solving mindset through your occupational therapy degree studies at JCU. Become a critical thinker and learn how to retrieve, evaluate and apply evidence to improve client outcomes. Grow into a leader in the field with your understanding of advanced practice  as you master the clinical, professional, legal and ethical dimensions of occupational therapy.

    Change the World with a Bachelor of OT

    Study alongside high-quality occupational therapy professionals from a range of practice specialities and learn how to practice with a people-focused ethos. Use the skills gained throughout your degree to work in partnership with clients and develop programs that help them live meaningful, engaged lives in their communities.

    Become especially equipped to reach out to marginalised people and under-served communities through your work at JCU.

    Use your experience in studying occupational therapy in Queensland to make a difference. Your unique understanding of the health and social challenges in rural and remote communities will help you serve people all over the world.

    Leverage your passion for making a difference into a successful career with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from JCU. Gain the real-world experience and knowledge you need to stand out in this rewarding field.

    Launching Pad to a Person-Focused Profession

    Prepare yourself for a career in which you will work to support people of all ages and backgrounds in maintaining meaningful and fulfilling lives. Draw on theoretical and practice knowledge when developing interventions aimed at enabling individuals and communities to participate in occupations and roles that are important to them. Integrate your knowledge of physical, mental and social aspects of health as you customise rehabilitation strategies targeted at the unique needs and wishes of individuals.

    Develop the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in a wide array of practice settings including public and private hospitals, rehabilitation units, community health centres, aged care facilities, mental health services, schools, vocational rehabilitation settings, private practice and more.  Embrace the opportunity for a career that takes you places, as you ready yourself for work in busy urban centres or rural and remote locations both within Australia and internationally.

    Professional Qualifications

    Be ready today for tomorrow through a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) in Queensland at James Cook University. Study courses accredited by Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Ltd (OTC) and enrol to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia as you study occupational therapy in Queensland.

    Graduates are eligible to apply for professional registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Earn an occupational therapy degree that gives you the skills, in-depth knowledge, and practical experience employers are looking for.

    Experience Has No Substitute

    Work together with leading professionals in your field. Take advantage of JCU's relationships with rural and remote communities to develop a special understanding of the health challenges experienced by people in these settings. Nurture the personal and professional awareness needed to strive towards culturally safe practice in different practice contexts.

    Spend time honing your clinical ability as you put theory into practice through more than 1,000 hours of professional placement. Grow your skills through guided application in practical settings both on and off campus. Observe and take part in work at the JCU Health and Occupational Therapy Clinic. Then move beyond campus to apply your skills in hospitals, rural clinics, and other real-world environments.

    Strong Professional Skills

    Grow your skills and apply your theoretical knowledge as you study occupational therapy. Enhance your critical thinking to be able to find, synthesise, and evaluate evidence as needed to make informed, evidence-based decisions that improve the lives and health outcomes for your clients.

    Develop your communication skills so you can engage in an authentic and meaningful manner with your clients and their families.  Become skilled at discussing clinical issues among a professional audience including health professionals and other relevant stakeholders.  Develop knowledge of the ethical and regulatory issues surrounding your professional role as you work to uphold the highest practice standards.

    A Well-Rounded Understanding

    Your Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) will equip you with a strong foundation in the core subjects you will draw from and build upon throughout your career. Learn how the systems of the human body work through detailed studies of anatomy and physiology. Understand how the body and mind changes over a lifespan and the way occupational therapy interventions adjust over time.

    Gain a strong understanding of healthcare in Australia and the associated opportunities for positive developments in occupational therapy practice. Take a proactive approach to enhancing the wellbeing of your clients by integrating health promotion approaches within your practice.  Learn how to work holistically, in partnership with your clients, towards the achievement of their individualised goals, by helping them to overcome biomechanical, neurological, psychosocial and contextual challenges that impact upon occupational participation.

    Be Ready Today for Tomorrow With a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

    Make a difference in the lives of others and prepare yourself for a rewarding career as you study occupational therapy at James Cook University. To learn more, contact JCU today!

    Study Occupational Therapy and Be Part of Positive Change

    Graduate from JCU ready to enter the workforce and enjoy a successful career. You will be ready to make a meaningful difference, one client at a time.

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    Consult the handbook for specific admission requirements and further information.

    Inherent requirements

    Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession.  For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours).


    The Honours component of this degree is embedded into the course.

    This course provides a foundation of Information Technology and Information System skills for entrants with limited IT experience. It also provides opportunities for experienced Information Technology and Systems professionals to enhance and apply their skills within emerging technology driven growth areas.

    You will learn how to apply Information Systems and Technologies in meeting current business needs in a real-world environment by integrating theoretical learnings with the practical application and experiences learnt through working on projects with real clients.

    You will graduate with relevant practical experiences to help you hit the ground running into a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

    MITS also provides an optional opportunity for high achieving students to qualify to participate in a research project, offering valuable experience for your future career, or potentially being the first step on your path to a PhD.


    Entry Requirements

    English (Units 3/4,C); One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health, Psychology or Physical Education (Units 3/4,C)

    English language requirements

    Band 3a

    If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum English language requirements for this course.

    English Program Requirements

    International students must attain an IELTS Academic with an average level of 7.5 or more, across the four components of listening, speaking, reading and writing; no score below level 7.0 in any of these components; and a score of 8.0 or more in the components of speaking and listening. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    English competency requirements may also be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree or master degree from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, or
    • Undergraduate degree taught in English from a South African University.


    The need for allied health professionals is growing rapidly as demands increases across a range of areas, both within and outside of the health sector. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), your career could lead you to work as an occupational therapist in public and private hospitals, rehabilitation units, community health centres, aged care facilities, mental health services, schools, independent living centres and in private practice. You can also work in research, education and training.

    Upon graduation, you can apply for registration for practice in Australia with the Occupational Therapists Board of Australia Health Professional Registration Agency (AHPRA) and become a member of Occupational Therapy Australia — The Australian Association of Occupational Therapists. Graduates may also apply to register to practice in New Zealand and apply to practice internationally.

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 39,280 

    How to Apply

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    James Cook University

    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

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