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4 year/s full-time
8 year/s part-time
4 year/s full-time


Semester 1
On campus - Semester 1
Online - No


Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required


Course code



Occupational therapy (OT) is a degree-based health profession. Our accredited Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy degree is regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Be equipped with the skills and knowledge to improve the lives of people, families, and communities with which you work. As a graduate of our Health Science/Occupational Therapy degree you will understand the importance of occupation to peoples and communities health and well being. You will develop the skills and knowledge to help achieve optimal health and well-being.

Secure practical experience by completing 1,000 hours of practice education with the support of our academics and registered occupational therapy professionals. Unique placement opportunities exist in the Northern Territory's regional, rural and remote areas.

Our Health Science/Occupational Therapy degree offers international study opportunities and welcomes both First Nations and international students with dedicated support services on hand to support you through your degree.

Professional recognition

CDU's Bachelor of Health Science/ Master of Occupational Therapy has been approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council, Occupational Therapy Australia.

All students within the occupational therapy program will be registered by the College with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Under the National Law, all students are required to comply with a range of legislative requirements.

Credit transfers and advanced standing


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

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

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


Commonwealth supported places

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

(a) be an Australian citizen, who will complete some of your course of study while resident in Australia; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen; or an Australian permanent visa holder; or an eligible former permanent humanitarian visa holder; who studies the entire course while living in Australia.

Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $30,240.00. This equates to $3,780.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Exercise PG

Why study allied health services at CDU?

As one of Australia's fastest growing sectors, future-proof your career in Allied Health with CDU. Make your mark on the community through Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Paramedicine, Sport Science, Creative Therapies, or more.

  • Complete a specialist Bachelor/Master double degree in 4 years instead of 5
  • Join an innovative, research-intensive university
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you

Why study an undergraduate course at CDU?

"Study an undergraduate course at Charles Darwin University to turn your passion into a career. Choose from hundreds of certificates, diplomas and degrees and enjoy a flexible, supportive learning environment. Whatever you're interested in, there's a place for you at CDU.

  • Top 100 university globally for quality education (THE Impact Rankings 2021)
  • #4 Australian university for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)"

What will I study?

Our Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy program comprises 320 credit points, is delivered internally and externally, and includes 1,000 hours of practice education, supported by our academics. External student are required to attend on campus intensives and both internal and external students will need attend regular synchronous learning through workshops (offered face to face and online) Unique opportunities exist in the Northern Territory's local, rural and remote areas.

Course structure

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

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
 (28 units)

Compulsory Core units totalling 320 credit points as detailed below.

HSC111 Ethics in Health Care
HSC112  Basics of Epidemiology
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and Policies
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health
HSC204 Chronic Conditions Management
HSC211 Mental Health and Wellbeing
HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction
HSC312 Global and Environmental Health
HSC318 Rural and Remote Health
MAN204 Project Management
PHM301 Exploring Public Health
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A
PSY228 Neurological and Biological Bases of Behaviour
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Delivery
SPE261 Functional Anatomy
SWK102 Communication Skills
SWK312 Social Research Methods
OCC511^ Occupational Therapy Profession and Practice
OCC512^ Enabling Occupational Abilities and Participation
OCC513^ Humans as Occupational Beings
OCC514^ Mental Health Approaches in Occupational Therapy Practice (20cp)
OCC515^ Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth (20cp)
OCC516^ Occupational Therapy Practice for Adults and Older Adults (20cp)
OCC517^ Occupational Therapy Professional Practice Education 1
OCC612^ Occupational Therapy Professional Practice 2 (20cp)

^ students completing a double degree (Bachelor/Master) and who need to undertake level 5 (500 level) or level 6 (600 level) units must do so via manual enrolment. See Special Enrolment, accessed via the eForms tile through the CDU Portal.

 320cpTotal Credit Points


Study plan

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student 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:

  • 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 1Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COSBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCOSWK102 Communication SkillsCO
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology ACOHSC112  Basics of EpidemiologyCO
HSC121 Australia's Healthcare System and PoliciesCOHSC111 Ethics in Health CareCO
Year 2
HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological IntroductionCOSPE261 Functional AnatomyCO
PSY228 Neuroscience and Biological Bases of BehaviourCOHSC204 Chronic Conditions ManagementCO
HSC312 Global and Environmental HealthCOHSC211 Mental Health and WellbeingCO
MAN204 Project ManagementCOSPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and DeliveryCO
Year 3
OCC511 Occupational Therapy Profession and PracticeCOOCC512 Enabling Occupational Abilities and ParticipationCO
OCC513 Humans as Occupational BeingsCOOCC517 Occupational Therapy Practice Education 1CO
PHM301 Exploring Public HealthCOHSC318 Rural and Remote Health CO
SWK312 Social Research MethodsCOHSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health CO
Year 4
OCC514 Mental Health Approaches in Occupational Therapy Practice (20cp)COOCC515 Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth (20cp)CO
OCC516 Occupational Therapy Practice for Adults and Older Adults (20cp)COOCC612 Occupational Therapy Practice Education 2 (20cp)CO


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Entry requirements


The Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy is a highly competitive course with a limited number of places. This means that although you may meet the minimum entry requirements for the course, you may not be ranked high enough to receive an offer.

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 other recognised tertiary preparation course

* 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 ModuleA 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 ProficiencyTest not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA 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:

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Course details


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

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

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

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Bachelor of Health Science:Master of Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Health
Area of study
Allied Health Sciences, Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW or TAS.

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.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Casuarina campus

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