Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (4711)

  • Approved Abbreviation: BOT
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4711
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 086212K

This program applies to students whose commencement session for this program was 2022 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced. 

Commencement Year 2020 to 2021 - 4711.2 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

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 program 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.

Early Exit

Students may exit this program on completion of 240 credit points with a 4789 Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Sciences)

Study Mode

Four years full-time

Program Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Campbelltown Campus Full Time Internal See above


The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia (Ltd) and approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.  Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTBA). The program is also approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

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 program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program. 

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, totaling 1000 hours across the following subjects:

  • REHA 1004 Occupational Therapy Practice 1
  • REHA 2004 Occupational Therapy Practice 2
  • REHA 3021 Occupational Therapy Practice 3
  • REHA 4010 and REHA 4011 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.


  • Assumed knowledge: any 2 units of English.
  • Recommended studies: Physics, Chemistry, Biology and/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

For courses that will lead to AHPRA registered careers and students studying Sport and Exercise Science and Speech Pathology, students are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in Speaking and Listening, and 6.5 in Writing and Reading or equivalents, in an acceptable language test.

International Office Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

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.

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Course Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your course, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

1. Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one

2. Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history

3. Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements

4. Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire course.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire course - approved course providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence


Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
PUBH 1006 Population Health and Society 10
NATS 1009 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 10
REHA 1001 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 10
HLTH 1013 Professional Competencies in Health 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
REHA 2006 People, Environment and Occupations 10
NATS 1010 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 10
COMM 1007 Communication in Health 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
REHA 1004 Occupational Therapy Practice 1 10
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
NATS 2038 Pathophysiology 1 10
HLTH 2024 Research Methods in Health 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
REHA 2004 Occupational Therapy Practice 2 10
NATS 3037 Neuroanatomy 10
BEHV 1014 Psychology and Health 10
NATS 1022 Functional Anatomy 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
1H session
REHA 3021 Occupation and Neurology 10
REHA 3020 Occupation and Mental Health 10
REHA 3024 Occupational Therapy Practice 3 10
REHA 3002 Child and Adolescent Occupations 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
REHA 3022 Occupation and the Environment 10
REHA 3019 Occupation and Ageing 10
REHA 4009 Occupational Justice 10
Evidence-Based Practice  
From 2023 HLTH 3005 is replaced by PUBH 3023 Evidence in Professional Reasoning 10
Evidence in Professional Reasoning  
At this point, students may exit with the Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Science)  
 Credit Points40
Year 4
Autumn session
REHA 4012 Occupational Therapy Project 10
REHA 4013 Occupational Therapy Specialties 10
REHA 3006 Ergonomics and Work Occupations 10
HLTH 4001 Professional Reasoning 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
REHA 4010 Occupational Therapy Practice 4A 20
REHA 4011 Occupational Therapy Practice 4B 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points320