Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
James Cook University - Townsville

Course outline

Occupational therapists assist people to overcome challenges caused by injury, illness, psycho-emotional difficulties, developmental delay, or the effects of ageing. Students study a variety of subjects that equip them with knowledge and skills relating to occupational therapy theory and professional practice, health science, health promotion, and research and evidence based practice. Students undertake a number of fieldwork placements throughout north Queensland, with some placements available interstate or internationally. Across their final two years of study, students engage in either a research honours or professional honours project relevant to contemporary occupational therapy practice. The course prepares graduates to work with people in a range of health and community settings. For most current course information, visit Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at JCU.


Levels 1 and 2 can be completed part-time however levels 3 and 4 must be completed full-time. Students commencing studies mid-year will complete the course in 4.5 years.


Professional honours (full-time only); research honours (full-time only). Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 5.5 across levels one and two to be offered a position in the research honours major.

Combined diploma/degrees

Refer to entry for: D Higher Education (Health)/B Occupational Therapy (Hons).

Other requirements

Prior to taking professional placements, students must provide evidence of immunity to hepatitis B, MMR, varicellla, and pertussis, and current Provide First Aid and CPR certificates. Students must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A Suitability Card is required and an Australian Federal Police check may be required; refer to institution. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for JCU and for this course, refer to the JCU website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); One of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology, Health or Physical Education (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
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Higher education study

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

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Recent secondary education

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Career opportunities

Public and private hospitals, medical rehabilitation units, retirement homes, psychiatric clinics, hospitals, workplace health and safety.


Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds
CSP/$7450 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

4 years Full time or 6 years Part time or 41/2 years Full time | 41/2 years full-time for mid-year entry.