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Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104701
N/A
Online (CSP)
104701
N/A
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101041
Course duration
Full-time
4 year/s
Part-time
8 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
International on campus
Semester 1
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

HHSOT1

Award
Bachelor of Health Science:Master of Occupational Therapy
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Allied Health Sciences
Health

Occupational therapy (OT) is a degree-based health profession, regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Occupational therapists use a whole person perspective to work with individuals, groups and communities to achieve optimal health and well-being through participation in the occupations of life.

The Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy equips you with the skills and knowledge to improve the lives of the clients, families and communities in which you will work.

During the course, you'll gain invaluable practical experience by completing 1,000 hours of practice education, with the support of CDU academics and registered OT professionals. There are unique placement opportunities in the Northern Territory's regional, rural and remote areas.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students are encouraged to apply. CDU's Indigenous Student Support services are on hand to support you through your degree.

This course offers international study opportunities and welcomes international students with a dedicated international student support academic.

Professional recognition

CDU are currently seeking accreditation with the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd and approval by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Students studying in an approved program are required to register with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTBA) (the University will organise this) and graduates from approved programs are eligible to apply for registration as Occupational Therapists with the OTBA.

Credit transfers and pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
86 71.0
B. Vocational education and training (VET) study 10 8.0
C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/P
D. Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

21 17.0
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

<5 N/P
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

<5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 121 100.0

Notes
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

This is a quota course, meaning there are more applicants than places available. Whilst you may meet the advertised minimum entry, this does not guarantee you a place in the course, instead offers will be made based on merit commencing in the main offer round.

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 70*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma with a GPA of at least 5.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 147.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program or the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses or a recognised enabling course of at least 12 months duration.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 7.0 with no score below a 6.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Test not accepted for this course.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency Test not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 65 with no score less than 58 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 94 with no score less than 22 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

If you are undertaking a course with work integrated learning you must demonstrate compliance with the following checks and requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation is obtained prior to commencing placements. A national and/or international Police check and a current Working with Children check is required regarding suitability to undertake placements.

The majority of health facilities will require students to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid certificate as you progress to placements in the Master of Occupational Therapy.

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer 60.60 71.30
Median rank to receive an offer 78.58 81.50
Highest rank to receive an offer 95.10 95.10

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

Course structure

Occupational therapists have diverse career opportunities leading to work with clients across all ages in multidisciplinary health settings. On completion of this course, you will graduate with both a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Occupational Therapy.

This program provides a comprehensive understanding of Australia's health disparities and global health perspectives, including opportunity to participate in international study programs. You will be prepared to enter the OT workforce with skills and knowledge to work with people across all ages who may have motor-sensory or muscular-skeletal impairments, disability, injuries or mental health problems that impact their ability to cope with life activities.

There are 1000 hours of health practicum supported by academics and registered OT health professionals. CDU encourages students to consider placements in the Northern Territory local, rural and remote areas.


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Bachelor of Health Science Core Units
 (20 units)
 200cp Compulsory Core units totalling 200 credit points as detailed below.

SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SWK102 Communication Skills
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A
HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021)
HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
SPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Delivery (replaces SPE209 Exercise Physiology 1 from 2021)
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (new title from 2021)
HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management
HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing
HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)
MAN204 Project Management
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour
SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021)
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health
HSC318 Rural and Remote Health
PHM301 Exploring Public Health
SWK312 Social Research Methods

Master of Occupational Therapy Core Units
 (8 units)
 120cp Compulsory Core units totalling 120 credit points as detailed below.

OCC501 Principles and Processes of Occupational Therapy
OCC502 Enabling Occupational Abilities and Participation
OCC503 Humans as Occupational Beings
OCC504 Occupational Therapy for Mental Health (WIL) (available from 2022)
OCC505 Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescence (WIL) (available from 2022)
OCC506 Occupation Therapy for Adults and Older Adults (available from 2022)
OCC601 Professional Practice 1 (30cp) (WIL) (available from 2022)
OCC602 Professional Practice 2 (30cp) (WIL) (available from 2022)

  320cp Total Credit Points

Course Changes - 2021

Please note the following course structure changes:

  • HSC210 Health Sociology has been replaced by HSC111 Ethics in Health Care. Students who have already completed HSC210 do not need to completed HSC111.
  • HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health has been replaced by HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction. Students who have already completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.
  • PHM526 Research Design and PHM527 Health Research Skills have been removed and are no longer required.
  • OCC601 and OCC602 have increased from a 20 credit point to a 30 credit point unit due to the significant placement requirements for this unit.

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
Legend: CO = Core Unit

 

Semester 1 Semester 2  
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO  
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO  
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO  
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021) CO  
Year 2
HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021) CO  
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO  
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing CO  
SPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Delivery (replaces SPE209 from 2021) CO  
Year 3
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health CO OCC501 Principles and Processes of Occupational Therapy CO OCC601 Professional Practice 1 (WIL) (30 cp) CO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO OCC502 Enabling Occupational Abilities and Participation CO
MAN204 Project Management CO OCC503 Humans as Occupational Beings  CO
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (External only) CO
Year 4
OCC504 Occupational Therapy for Mental Health (WIL) (avail from 2022) CO OCC602 Professional Practice 2 (WIL) (30 cp) CO  
OCC505 Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescence (WIL) (avail from 2022) CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO  
OCC506 Occupation Therapy for Adults and Older Adults (avail from 2022) CO  

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Students commencing in Semester 2. 

From 2021 this course is no longer available for Semester 2 entry

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:

  • ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.

 

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only) CO
    SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology CO
Year 2
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO HSC111 Ethics in Health Care (replaces HSC210 from 2021) CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management CO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies CO HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing CO
HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO SPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261 from 2021) CO
Year 3
MAN204 Project Management CO SPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Delivery (replaces SPE209 from 2021) CO
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health CO HSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO OCC503 Humans as Occupational Beings CO
OCC501 Principles and Processes of Occupational Therapy CO OCC506 Occupation Therapy for Rehabilitation and Disabilities (avail from 2022) CO
Year 4
PSY208 Biological Bases of Behaviour CO OCC504 Occupational Therapy for Mental Health (WIL) (avail from 2022) CO
PHM301 Exploring Public Health CO OCC602 Professional Practice 2 (WIL) (30 cp)  
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health  CO CO
OCC502 Enabling Occupational Abilities and Participation CO
Year 5
OCC505 Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescence (WIL) (avail from 2022) CO    
OCC601 Professional Practice 1 (WIL) (30 cp) CO    

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Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

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SATAC

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

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