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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Approved Abbreviation: BOT

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4711.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 086212K

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2021 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 2015 to 2020 - 4711.1 Bachelor 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 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. The first two 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 final two years focus 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. Students may also exit after Year 3 with a Bachelor of Health Science degree but are unable to practice as an occupational therapist.

Study Mode
Four years full-time

Course Advice

Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


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)


Assumed knowledge: any 2 units of English.

Recommended studies: Biology or Chemistry 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). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

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 eligible to enrol in and attend a health-related placement in your course, students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements and Special Legislative Requirements in your state, to be assessed in their first year of study, against the following: 1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a clearance or authority document or conditional letter from their relevant authorised state organisation. International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration. 2. A Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter or state equivalent, valid for their entire course. 3. A current approved first aid certificate valid for their entire course, approved provider courses can be found at: 4. A completed vaccination/immunisation card with all serology results attached - currency must be maintained by the student to ensure compliance for their entire course. 5. Undertaking/Declaration form (or state equivalent documents). 6. Additional forms as required per state related to, but not limited to, Tuberculosis Assessment tool, Hepatitis B statutory declaration form, Signed Code of Conduct, Student Deed Poll and all other state equivalent documents as required. 7. Relevant Local Health District specific documentation as requested. Contact your school for further details. Resources are also available on the Placement Hub web page ( Some external sites may have additional requirements. Students will be advised of any such specified requirements which must be complied with before commencing clinical placements.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes several placements or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

1000 hours of supervised clinical practice

The program includes supervised clinical practice across the course in line with accreditation requirements, totalling 1000 hours across the following units:

  • 400907 Occupational Therapy Practice 1
  • 400909 Occupational Therapy Practice 2
  • 400910 Occupational Therapy Practice 3
  • 401126 and 401127 Occupational Therapy Practice (4a and 4b respectively)

Practice placements are arranged through NSW Health and the disability sector, as well as community-based private practice and non-government health, WHS, and disability providers.

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
401396Professional Competencies in Health

Spring session

400908People, Environment and Occupations
400869Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
400732Communication in Health
401383Evidence in Health

Year 2

Autumn session

400907Occupational Therapy Practice 1
400866Culture, Diversity and Health
401407Pathophysiology 1
401403Research Methods in Health

Spring session

400909Occupational Therapy Practice 2
101614Psychology and Health
401410Functional Anatomy

Year 3

1H session

400171Occupation and Neurology
400169Occupation and Mental Health
400910Occupational Therapy Practice 3
400162Child and Adolescent Occupations

Spring session

400165Occupation and the Environment
400176Occupation and Ageing
401123Occupational Justice
400865Evidence-Based Practice

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

where a student has completed 240 credit points, including at least 220 credit points prescribed for the 4-year clinical program in Occupational Therapy, they may exit with the award of the Bachelor of Health Science (with no specialisation). The exit award will be approved by the Director Academic Program.

Year 4

Autumn session

401122Occupational Therapy Project
401124Occupational Therapy Specialties
401121Ergonomics and Work Occupations
401125Professional Reasoning

Spring session

401126Occupational Therapy Practice 4A
401127Occupational Therapy Practice 4B

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