Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc/MOT

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4663.2

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 2012 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 2010 - 4663.1 Bachelor of Health Science/Master of 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.

An honours stream is available for high performing students.

Study Mode
Four years full-time

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above

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)

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements


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.

Students must have successfully completed 200 or more credit points for entry into the honours stream in Spring of their third year of study.

In line with the Honours in Bachelors Award Policy:

Admission to an end-on or embedded honours program is determined on the basis of all of the four following criteria being met:

  • a) Achievement of a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65; and
  • b) Statement of Intent or School equivalent; and
  • c) Appointment of a principal supervisor by the Dean of School; and
  • d) Demonstrated satisfactory academic writing skills appropriate to the discipline
  • A School Academic Committee may, on recommendation of the School Honours Coordinator, rank applicants on the basis of AAMs if the Head of School indicates the number of applications exceeds the availability of supervised places

It is anticipated that approximately 10-15 students will enter the honours stream each year in line with the above admission requirements.

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.

International Office

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

400870Population Health and Society
400868Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
400160Introduction to Occupational Therapy
400871Professional Health Competencies

Spring session

400907Occupational Therapy Practice 1
400869Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
400863Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
400732Communication in Health

Year 2

Autumn session

400908People, Environment and Occupations
400138Pathophysiology 1
400864Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)
400866Culture, Diversity and Health

Spring session

400881Functional Anatomy
101614Psychology and Health
400909Occupational Therapy Practice 2

Year 3

Autumn session

400171Occupation and Neurology
400169Occupation and Mental Health
400912Occupational Therapy Process
400910Occupational Therapy Practice 3

Spring session

400162Child and Adolescent Occupations
400165Occupation and the Environment
400865Evidence-Based Practice
400176Occupation and Ageing

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

Non-Honours Stream

Year 4

Autumn session

400913Occupational Therapy Project
400916Occupational Justice
400926Ergonomics and Work Occupations
400917Occupational Therapy Specialties

Spring session

400925Professional Reasoning
400914Occupational Therapy Practice 4
400915Occupational Therapy Practice 4 Workshop

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

Honours Stream

2H session

400944Evidence-Based Practice (Advanced)

Spring session

400162Child and Adolescent Occupations
400165Occupation and the Environment
400176Occupation and Ageing

Year 4

1H session

400945Honours Research 1

Autumn session

400926Ergonomics and Work Occupations
400916Occupational Justice

2H session

400946Honours Research 2
400949Occupational Therapy Practice 4 (Honours)

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