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What will I learn?

A career as an occupational therapist (OT) will open doors to a multitude of opportunities in health and social care delivery. This unique area of health prepares graduates to work with people across all ages who may have motor-sensory or muscular-skeletal impairments, disability, injuries or mental health problems that impact their ability to cope with day-to-day activities.
This course equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to improve the lives of the clients, families and communities in which you will work.

The Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy incorporates 1000 hours of health practicum supported by CDU academics and registered OT professionals. There are unique placement opportunities in the Northern Territory's local, rural and remote areas.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students are encouraged to apply. CDU's Indigenous Student Support services are on hand to support you through your degree. This course offers international study opportunities and welcomes international students with a dedicated international student support academic.

Course structure:

Occupational therapists have diverse career opportunities leading to work with clients across all ages in multidisciplinary health settings. On completion of this course, you will graduate with both a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Occupational Therapy and qualify to register as an Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

This program provides a comprehensive understanding of Australia's health disparities and global health perspectives, including opportunity to participate in international study programs. You will be prepared to enter the OT workforce with skills and knowledge to work with people across all ages who may have motor-sensory or muscular-skeletal impairments, disability, injuries or mental health problems that impact their ability to cope with life activities.

There are 1000 hours of health practicum supported by academics and registered OT health professionals. CDU encourages students to consider placements in the Northern Territory local, rural and remote areas.

Career opportunities:

Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in areas such as Community health centres, Public and private hospitals, Aged care facilities, Education facilities, Mental health settings, Alcohol and drug services, Private clinics, Non-government organisations, Correctional institutions, Universities and research facilities, Corporate and industrial settings, Supported employment and government departments .

Which department am I in?

College of Health & Human Sciences

CRICOS

101041

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,240.00 (16,18,844) per year
This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

20 February 2022, 7 August 2022

More details

Start date

7 March 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

Charles Darwin University

Casuarina Campus,

Ellengowan Drive,

Northern Territory,

0810, DARWIN, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed minimum academic entry requirements for admissions to undergraduate degree is the completion of a qualification deemed equivalent to Australian Year 12 by the University's qualification assessment references. Applicants must have completed IB diploma with minimum 24 points from 6 subjects at one sitting. English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic Module- A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169; Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency: A minimum overall grade of B2; Navitas Academic English: A minimum overall pass and 55% in Academic English 3; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module: A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50; TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

For international students

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 70.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Diploma level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.

English language requirement:

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module: A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Charles Darwin University

CDU is the 2nd ranked Australian university for undergraduate starting salaries and full-time employment (Good Universities Guide 2021).

  • CDU is a top 100 university in the Asia Pacific (THE)
  • CDU leads the return of international students to Australia
  • A leader in e-learning with over 20 years in online learning
  • Multiple study locations across Australia