Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

About the 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. You may help someone with a spinal cord injury return to work, you may recommend modifications to their car so that they can drive again, or you may help children with disabilities attend school. Occupational therapy is about getting people to participate fully in every part of their life.

The UWS occupational therapy course is among the top programs in Australia. Graduates from UWS occupational therapy programs are renowned for their ability to use their knowledge and skills in a practical, evidence-based approach in practice.

In the core subjects and your studies of occupational therapy you will develop a client focus, centred on each individual within his or her social, cultural and physical environment. The UWS occupational therapy program promotes the value of human diversity, fundamental human rights and the dignity and worth of every client.

UWS is a leader in taking an evidence based approach to health sciences teaching, learning and research, to produce professionals who can truly help clients and communities to lead healthier, more productive lives. Independent learning, self-direction and experience in analysing and resolving problems will help you to develop the skills and ability to pick up activities and run with them that employers particularly appreciate in UWS graduates.

The UWS occupational therapy program offers the flexibility of an early exit point if you decide to leave at the end of the third year, assuming you have successfully completed all of the first three years, you can be awarded a Bachelor of Health Science (but you will not be qualified to work as an occupational therapist).


Local International
Delivery Mode On campus This course is not available to International students.
Location Campbelltown campus
Duration 4 Years Full Time
Course Code 723555 [Campbelltown]
Entrance Rank New course
Fee Information Local Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Practical Experience

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students have a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice in a range of settings in order to meet the fieldwork guidelines of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Occupational therapy practice units are in each year of the course.

A Career in Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists work with people who have special needs and life challenges that hinder their ability to meaningfully and effectively engage in their occupational roles and everyday tasks. Occupational therapists help their clients to develop new skills or alter their environment and daily activities to meet their goals.

They use occupations as therapeutic means to improve an individual's health, well being and quality of life. Occupational therapists are employed in a range of settings including:

  • public and private hospitals
  • rehabilitation centres
  • insurance companies
  • schools
  • private practice
  • private rehabilitation providers

They are also employed as mental health workers and rehabilitation consultants.

How to Apply

All domestic applications for entry to UWS undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

Instructions for international applications are available on the UWS International Admissions pages.

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If you are interested in completing a higher research degree, for example Masters Honours, information is accessible from UWS Research (opens in a new window).