What will I learn?

Registered occupational therapists assist people in managing constraints caused by injury or illness, as well as emotional, developmental, environmental, societal, age-related and psychological limitations. They help people of all ages achieve their goals, optimise their lifestyles and actively participate in society irrespective of limitations.

This degree is designed to ensure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to become an innovative and competent occupational therapist. With a strong focus on practical skills, you will complete more than 1,000 hours of field placements in settings such as health, rehabilitation, breadth of community agencies, children’s centres, kindergartens, schools, and aged care facilities, providing valuable hands-on experience that will enable a seamless transition from study to the workforce.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The student registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program. On successful completion of the program, full AHPRA registration is undertaken.

What you'll learn

The first year of your degree will focus on core health subjects including anatomy, physiology, and an introduction to occupational therapy practice and evidence.

From second and third year, you will focus on the application of your skills in areas including mental health, occupation rehabilitation, chronic conditions, community focus, primary health care and participatory community practice.

Practical learning is a strong focus, particularly during these later years when you will practice your skills in a variety of settings during extensive field placements. You will attend workshops in industry settings such as Guide Dogs SA, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, and Independent Living Centres. You will also have the opportunity to visit regional settings on the yearly Country Road Trip.

Throughout your degree you will be exposed to many different hands-on activities such as splint making, dressing adaptation for individuals with self-care impairments, wheelchair measurement tutorials, home modification and assistive technology plans, delivery of groups with children and older adults, adult neurological rehabilitation techniques, and completing skill demonstrations which will allow you to become familiar with occupational therapy scenarios that would arise in real-life.

Which department am I in?

UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,800.00 (US$ 27,331) per year

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

Start date

28 February 2022


City East Campus

Corner of North Terrace and Frome Rd,


South Australia,

5001, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 program. Successful completion of High School Graduation Diploma. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: Overall 6.0 (with 6.0 in Reading and Writing); TOEFL iBT score of 60 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 550 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 169; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 50 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE4.

For international students

Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements and essential requirements for admission:

Recent secondary education:

Meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent and

Complete secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE, or

Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points


Higher education study

Complete or partly complete a recognized higher education program at a recognized higher education institution


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Complete an award from a registered training organisation at Advanced Diploma level or above


Work and life experience

Hold completed secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE obtained more than 2 years in the past

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 7.0; TOEFL iBT score of 94 with no band less than 22; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 600 with TWE of 5.0; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 186; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 65 with no communicative score less than 65; CELUSA score of AE6.

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


About University of South Australia (UniSA)

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