Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Southern Cross University - Gold Coast

Course outline

Occupational therapy assists people of all ages to participate in the everyday tasks and activities (occupations) that they need and want to do, whether at home, at work, at school or in the community. Occupational therapists transform and adapt environments, activities, equipment and enhance performance to support and promote meaningful engagement and participation. Graduates could assist a person recovering from a stroke to shower and dress independently, develop inclusive playground experiences and environments for children of all abilities, recommend workplace changes that would assist an injured worker to return to work, or design home modifications or public transport changes that would ensure access for a person using a power wheelchair. Students complete approximately 1000 hours of professional placement throughout the four years of study, in settings that may include aged care, hospitals, community health, mental health services, primary schools, industrial environments, private practice and a variety of health, education, and disability centres and services. For more course information, visit Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University.


For students commencing in July, course duration is 4.5F or 9P.


Optional major in Indigenous Health.

Other requirements

Before undertaking clinical placements, students must fulfil certain prerequisites including vaccination against specific diseases (note a full course of vaccination may take several months), a criminal record check and working with children clearance, and completion of a nationally accredited first aid certificate; refer to Southern Cross University for details.

Admissions Criteria

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


Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years

Additional entry requirements

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to the current standards of registration as an occupational therapist by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Refer to Applicants from a non-English speaking background require a minimum IELTS of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each of the four bands – Listening, Speaking, Writing, and Reading.

Recommended study
Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

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Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

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Contact the institution for information.

Career opportunities

Occupational therapist working with individuals, groups, government and non-government organisations, in private practice and communities, in aged care, hospitals, community health, mental health services, schools, industrial environments.


Accredited with Occupational Therapy Australia and the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia; and approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Course Code
Start Date
Offer rounds

9 Jan 2025

CSP/$8,296 (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 8 years Part time

Gold Coast