Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Make a meaningful difference in the community with an occupational therapy degree. You’ll assist and empower people to overcome limitations in their daily lives and occupations. Our program has special focus on occupational therapy in rural and remote settings and being equipped to handle the unique challenges of these areas.
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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4 years
(480 credit points = 4.0 EFTSL)

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 therapist

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 program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 2

Semester 1

NHPHS2402, 15 credit points

Semester 2

NHPOT2014, 15 credit points
NHPRH2002, 15 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

NHPHS3401, 15 credit points
NHPOT3011, 15 credit points
NHPOT3012, 15 credit points
Group 1 electives

Semester 2

NHPOT3004, 30 credit points
NHPOT3005, 30 credit points

Year 4

Semester 1

NHPOT4007, 45 credit points
Group 2 electives

Semester 2

NHPOT4004, 15 credit points
Group 3 electives

16 - 20 hours per week
Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


  • Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of any Mathematics or 
  • Units 3 and 4: one of Biology, Chemistry, Health And Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics; 
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in any English.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 40 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.

Entry requirements (non year 12)


Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study'.

Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant  Vocational education and training (VET) qualification at Certificate III or higher.


Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.



Extra Requirements



Compulsory: Applicants must complete and submit a supplementary application form. The online form can be accessed from here.

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

CRICOS code: 0102154 (Churchill)

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,021 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2022

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Pathways to this course:

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:

Other TAFE studies


Apply for a relevant TAFE course, at any TAFE provider, and then apply to articulate into this program.  You may receive credit for TAFE studies undertaken, which will be individually assessed upon request, after you enrol in your bachelor level course. 


Bridging programs


A bridging program can provide an excellent foundation to build upon in your bachelor degree studies:

  • Our one semester Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program provides you an alternate entry into tertiary study, with a focus on building the more generic academic skills required for success at university.  On successful completion of FAST, students can apply for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) in the next intake.


Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies relevant to this degree. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

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.

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 programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, 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

School department

School of Health

Course coordinator

Sara Brito