Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Graduate Entry)

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details


Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in nursing or other relevant health professional program. Applicants must prove currency of their studies or clinical practice by demonstrating active involvement in health practice or health related education in the previous eight years, by providing documentary evidence with their QTAC application.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration upon Graduation as Occupational Therapists in Australia.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at University Requirements for Undergraduate Coursework Awards.

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian

Current Apply First Aid or CPR certificate:

Candidates must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements. Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Some placement agencies may require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. If requested, students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

The James Cook University Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree will prepare graduates for registration as an entry level Occupational Therapist (OT) in Australia. The course is aligned with the Australian Standards for Occupational Therapy, including AHPRA OT code of conduct and OTA Occupational Therapy Competencies.

On successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge that promotes the development of an inclusive society through enabling occupation, with a particular focus on rural, remote, indigenous and tropical contexts

  • Demonstrate appropriate communicative, ethical, legal and professional behaviours, skills and strategies, in the delivery of culturally safe and client-centred care

  • Retrieve, synthesise and evaluate information from multiple sources to assess, formulate, implement and monitor management plans, in order to improve the health status and wellbeing of individuals and/or populations

  • Critically evaluate and apply evidence in occupational therapy and inter-professional practice to support professional judgement and problem solving, consolidation of knowledge and theory building

  • Communicate clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, appropriate for graduate entry into the occupational therapy workforce

  • Apply contemporary skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to deliver safe and sustainable occupational therapy in collaboration with individuals and/or populations and other professionals, within the accepted professional and personal scope of practice

  • Assess professional learning needs through reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes and demonstrate autonomy and accountability in planning ongoing professional development.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

BM1031:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Occupational Therapy 1

BM1032:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Occupational Therapy 2

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

OT1011:03 Introduction to Occupation and Occupational Therapy

OT1012:03 Enabling Occupation through Partnerships

RH1002:03 Communication Skills for Health Professionals

RH1004:03 Allied Health Professionals in the Health Environment

Level 2

HS2401:03 Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

OT2013:03 Psycho-emotional Determinants of Occupation

OT2014:03 Contextual Determinants of Occupation

OT2015:06 Physical and Cognitive-neurological Determinants of Occupation

RH2002:03 Clinical Medicine for Therapy

Level 3

HS3401:03 Health Professional Research 2

OT3001:03 Occupational Therapy Independent Study

OT3011:03 Enhancing Practice Capabilities

OT3012:03 Professional Practice Preparation

OT3007:06 Rural and Urban Practice Perspectives

OT3104:06 Rural and Urban Practice for Graduates

Level 4

OT4002:03 Contemporary Issues for Health Professionals

OT4003:03 Health Law and Ethics, Reflective Practice

OT4004:03 Advanced Professional Practice

OT4006:12 Advanced Rural and Urban Practice Perspectives

TM4401:03 Health, Policy and Planning






Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all OT and RH coded subjects at levels 1 and 2 before attempting any level 3 OT coded subject

Must successfully complete all OT coded subjects at level 3 before attempting any level 4 subject.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable


Honours availability

Embedded honours available


At the start of level 3, the Head of School will invite selected students to enter the honours program.

Eligible candidates must obtain a grade of at least Credit for all subjects from the first two levels.

A quota on entry into the honours program may be applied depending on the availability of supervisors.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.