Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc/MOT

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4663.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 069909G

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This course version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2010 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2007 to 2009 - 4520.2 Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

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. The program promotes the value of human diversity, fundamental human rights and the dignity and worth of every client. Occupational therapists find employment in public and private hospitals, rehabilitation centres, insurance companies, schools and large corporations.

The course in occupational therapy is offered as a combined Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy. The first three 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 and high quality care and the skills to work in multidisciplinary teams. The progression to the Master’s component of the combined degree is seamless and the final year focuses predominately on occupational therapy practice skills, practical experience and specialised areas. Evidence-based practice is one of the most important trends in healthcare today and a strong feature of the program.

Study Mode
Four years full-time

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternalMichelle Bissett

This program is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council as an approved program of study in Australia and graduates are eligible for professional registration by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)


For local students admission is through UAC. Assumed knowledge, any 2 units of English.

Recommended studies, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and/or Personal Development Health and Physical Education.

To be eligible to undertake fieldwork or practice placements, students must also comply with the NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act (2004) and complete a relevant declaration.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
To be able to enrol in the first year Spring unit 400907 Occupational therapy practice 1 and subsequent occupational therapy units, all students must have a NSW Health National Criminal Record Check, a Prohibited Employment Declaration Form and a First Aid Certificate. To be eligible to undertake fieldwork placements in public hospitals, students must comply with NSW Health vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. Details of necessary vaccinations are available from NSW Health.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

400870.2Population Health and Society
400868.3Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
400160.4Introduction to Occupational Therapy
400871.2Professional Health Competencies

Spring session

400907.4Occupational Therapy Practice 1
400869.3Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
400863.2Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
400732.2Communication in Health

Year 2

Autumn session

400908.2People, Environment and Occupations
400138.3Pathophysiology 1
400864.3Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)
400866.3Culture, Diversity and Health

Spring session

400881.3Functional Anatomy
101614.3Psychology and Health
400909.4Occupational Therapy Practice 2

Year 3

Autumn session

400171.4Occupation and Neurology
400169.4Occupation and Mental Health
400912.1Occupational Therapy Process

Continuing students should choose

400910.1Occupational Therapy Practice 3

Masters entry students should choose

400911.1Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice

Spring session

400162.4Child and Adolescent Occupations
400165.4Occupation and the Environment
400865.3Evidence-Based Practice
400176.4Occupation and Ageing

At this point, students may exit with a Bachelor of Health Science.

Year 4

Autumn session

400913.1Occupational Therapy Project
400916.2Occupational Justice
400926.3Ergonomics and Work Occupations
400917.1Occupational Therapy Specialties

Spring session

400925.2Professional Reasoning
400914.2Occupational Therapy Practice 4
400915.2Occupational Therapy Practice 4 Workshop

Students will graduate with Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy

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