Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

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Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

CSP available (more)

Entry requirements


Overall position (OP) 2015


Rank 2015 (more)

(Additional requirements)

Offered in

Semester 1


  • English (4SA)
  • one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (4SA)


About this program

In this degree, you will develop the skills needed to work as an occupational therapist to deliver life changing outcomes. You will learn how to enable people to do the activities - occupations - they need or want to do in order to live a meaningful life, but have difficulty with due to illness, injury or other disadvantages.

You will study occupational therapy theory and practice, occupational science, and other sciences such as psychology, sociology and anatomy. With 1000 hours of practical placements, starting in first year, you will apply the skills and knowledge to real life situations preparing you for the wide range of opportunities available to occupational therapists.

In this degree, you will join a community of students and experts and learn through social media as well as in the classroom.


Honours is available for this degree (through an additional year of study).

Code Program title Campus Intake
1400 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (this program) Gold Coast Semester 1 only
1405 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours Gold Coast Semester 1 only

Attendance information

The program will be offered on-campus on a full-time basis using the in-person mode of delivery every semester.

Students will need to be available full-time to attend 1000 hours of professional practice education placements in Years 3 and 4.

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each semester. This may affect your entitlement to Centrelink benefits. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program are 30 credit points.

Work-integrated learning

Work integrated learning activities integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in this degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life. It is also an accreditation requirement of both Occupational Therapy Australia/Occupational Therapy Council and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Work integrated learning in this program is undertaken in the 70 credit points of Occupational Therapy Practice Education courses (3315PES, 3325PES, 4315PES, 4325PES) completed in Years 3 and 4 of the program. Student performance while on practice education is assessed using the national occupational therapy tool the Student Practice Evaluation Form - Revised Edition. It is also anticipated that quality assurance of practice education will be supported by the use of the Improving Quality in Practice Placements (iQIPP-AH) suite of documents.

Practice education will be managed within School and Health Group policies and processes. Griffith University will also become part of the state-wide network that manages practice education placements.

My career opportunities

You will be prepared for a career in a variety of workplaces, including in hospitals, homeless shelters, refugee detention centres, universities, and government departments. You will be able to work with individuals, groups and communities in social enterprises, charities, large companies, schools and prisons.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has been approved by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and accredited with conditions by the Occupational Therapy Council and Occupational Therapy Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Occupational Therapy Australia (subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia). As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency to confirm registration requirements.

Before I enrol

  • Working with Children Check (Blue Card)

Professional placements

  • Griffith University Health and Safety Induction
  • Griffith University Student Deed Poll

There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Placement Essentials website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Placement Essentials website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Placement Essentials website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Placement Essentials website.

Commonwealth supported students

  • Commonwealth supported students make a student contribution towards the cost of their courses while the majority of the cost is subsidised by the Australian Government.
  • Students are liable for the student contribution charge for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • HECS-HELP is a loan scheme which provides eligible Commonwealth supported students with assistance in paying their student contribution charge.
  • Student contribution amounts are set by the Australian Government on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

  • These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:
    • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
    • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee charged is applicable to the semester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (1400)

Year Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee per EFTSL (80 cp)
2016 FPUG Band 15M $368.75 $29,500.00
2015 FPUG Band 7 $268.00 $21,440.00
2014 FPUG Band 7 $258.00 $20,640.00


Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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