Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Flexible Delivery)
Occupational therapists are health professionals who assist people to overcome limitations caused by injury or illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of ageing.
|Duration?||4 years full time
Part time available
|Prerequisites?||English; plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education or Health Education|
Would you gain great satisfaction from enhancing quality of life for others? As an occupational therapist you can help people of all ages improve their everyday functioning and independence.
Flexible study options
JCU is the only university in Australia to offer flexible first-year delivery of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. You can complete your studies from home or an external location.
You will study for the first year of your degree through:
online learning packages
minimal compulsory practical classes on-campus
one week (26 hour) fieldwork placement.
In second year of study, 2 of the 4 subjects each semester are also offered via flexible delivery mode. This may assist in students transitioning into full time on campus study.
For some this could mean some subjects are studied on campus and some subjects are still studied via flexible delivery mode. Another option for some students may be part time in year 2 of their studies enabling them to continue studying from an external location for longer.
All 3rd and 4th year subjects are only offered on campus.
What you will learn
Our Bachelor of Occupational Therapy gives you work-ready skills in:
human performance and occupation
professional theory, practice and management
health science and promotion
industry research and evaluation
social and cultural impacts of functional impairment
biological and behavioural sciences.
You’ll also enjoy career-building benefits with:
practical urban and rural work experience
clinical experience at our on-campus occupational therapy clinic
international exchange opportunities with Nepal and Vietnam.
Occupational Therapy with a unique rural focus
Barriers to engagement in important and meaningful occupation can arise at any life stage due to:
injury or illness
psychological or emotional difficulties
environmental and contextual issues.
JCU has a unique location in north Queensland characterised by a tropical climate and rich cultural heritage. Our Bachelor of Occupational Therapy places strong focus on skill development for working in rural practice.
You’ll gain distinctive experience working with Indigenous and remote communities that you won’t find anywhere else.
Occupational therapists are in demand in Australia. Graduates are equipped for rewarding careers in: public and private health services, and in promoting well being in rural and urban communities. Occupational Therapists are employed to work in a range of clinical and consultative roles with people who have physical and or mental disabilities across the lifespan (children, adults and the elderly).
Work settings include: public and private hospitals, medical rehabilitation units, community health centres, occupational health centres, aged care facilities, vocational rehabilitation units, independent living centres, private practice, schools, pharmacies and industry.
This program is accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy graduates from JCU are eligible to register for practice in Queensland as occupational therapists through the Occupational Therapists Registration Board of Queensland, and are eligible to become members of OT Australia – The Australian Association of Occupational Therapists.
Graduates are also eligible to register for practice in other states of Australia, in New Zealand and by application internationally.
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.