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Occupational therapists are qualified health professionals who are skilled in a number of areas including physical health mental health rehabilitation pain management driving assessments and paediatrics. Our program focuses on contemporary occupational therapy practice and is based on real-life scenarios and cases. It takes four years full-time to complete and covers a variety of topics. Some subjects are delivered with other health professional students so you will have an inter-professional experience which will increase your employability upon graduation.You'll play a key role in helping clients by providing guidance and the physical skills required to modify and undertake daily tasks. You'll also be key in helping people achieve participation in recreational/leisure activities that are important factors in enabling them to enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle. Rural Australians have less access to occupational therapists than Australians who live in cities and the demand for qualified occupational therapists continues to grow. This program is designed to help to fill this gap while providing you with rewarding career opportunities.
Occupational therapists are employed in public and private hospitals medical rehabilitation centres community health centres home care services aged care facilities psychiatric clinics hostels and hospitals vocational rehabilitation centres schools and educational facilities independent living/respite centres and private practice. Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan in injury prevention and management and with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.
Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.
To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.
Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.
• Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of any Mathematics: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics.
• Units 3 and 4: satisfactory completion in one of Biology, Chemistry, Health and Human Development, Maths: Further Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods, Maths: Specialist Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
• Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in any English.
This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.
This program has a guaranteed ATAR. If you meet the program pre-requisites and any 'Essential Requirements for Admission', we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below:
A study score of 35 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.
IELTS score of 7.0 or greater will be required with no band less than 7 (or TOEFL overall = 94, or PTE Overall = 66)
Essential requirements for selection and application
Compulsory: Applicants must complete and submit a supplementary application form. The form can be downloaded from here.
Essential requirements for enrolment or graduation
Compulsory: Prior to commencing clinical placements students are expected to provide evidence of current immunisation status.
Working with children check
Compulsory: Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check for the relevant state prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. For more information see Federation University Australia WWCC information and Working with Children in Victoria.
Police record check
Compulsory: Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Check for professional placements as part of this course. For more information see Federation University Australia police check information and Victoria Police national police record checks
The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.
VTAC application: Yes
VTAC code: 3700711251 (Churchill)
Direct application: Yes
Federation University code: OT8
$8,948 student contribution amount
A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government. Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course. Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.
2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4. To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only. It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course. For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed. Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.
You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution. You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.
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Higher education studies
Applicants who complete the first year of any of the following Federation degree programs will be eligible for consideration based on performance:
• Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
• Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary)
• Bachelor of Community and Human Services
• Bachelor of Nursing
Entry via FAST
“Successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the Federation University Foundation Access Studies Program is not a direct pathway into this degree”.
Applicants who have completed the following TAFE qualifications will be eligible for consideration based on performance:
• Diploma of Nursing
Selection ranking: Entry into this program is competitive with only a limited number of places available at each campus. The volume of applications received exceed the number of places available and therefore meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer. Applicants will be ranked according to past academic performance.
The Occupational Therapy Program is currently accredited by The Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd (OTC) and approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.
You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.
For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.
A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.
The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.
All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.
CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909