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Occupational Therapy is a health profession whose primary goal is to promote health and wellbeing through engagement in the occupations people need to do, want to do, or are expected to do in their everyday lives.

Learn how to design and deliver high-quality occupational therapy assessments and interventions for individual clients, their families and communities through a range of contemporary modalities with Occupational Therapy degrees at UniSQ.

By studying occupational therapy, one of the fastest-growing Allied Health fields, you will gain the expertise and knowledge needed to improve the quality of life of those affected by illness, disability or life circumstances.

Explore real-world issues and engage with industry experts and partners while participating in learning scenarios that reflect contemporary occupational therapy practices.

Explore UniSQ's Occupational Therapy degrees and pathways

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Nursing & Allied Health
"When I first accepted my offer to study at UniSQ, I had instant emails from the University telling me where to find everything, how to enrol, and then when it came to enrolling, there were so many helpful resources and guides. The endless support from people I'd never met made me feel I had picked the right university”
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What is occupational therapy?

The study of occupational therapy encompasses a comprehensive approach to healthcare, aimed at enabling a diverse range of individuals, groups and families who face physical, mental, or developmental challenges to engage in daily activities they need to, want to or are expected to.

Within this program, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, psychology, as well as the principles, theories and skills that underpin occupational therapy practice. This comprehensive understanding will equip you with the necessary tools to address the diverse needs of your future clients.

Why study occupational therapy with UniSQ?

Benefit from our Nursing and Allied Health industry connections, enabling you to learn from experts in the field and gain valuable insights into the latest advancements in occupational therapy. 

At UniSQ, we recognise the practical nature of the occupational therapy field, which is why we prioritise in-person training and hands-on clinical experience. Our Occupational Therapy degrees are designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience, through a combination of theoretical coursework and practical fieldwork opportunities. This approach ensures you gain the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in your future careers.

By studying our degrees for occupational therapy, you'll join a supportive and inclusive community dedicated to your success. Our experienced staff and facilities will nurture your growth, enabling you to develop into a competent and compassionate occupational therapist.

Which occupational degree is right for me?

At UniSQ we have several degrees in Occupational Therapy for you to choose from. Which degree that suits you will depend on your personal interested and career goals.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) - Equip yourself with a strong foundation in occupational therapy principles, theories, and practical applications to become occupational therapists. Graduates will be eligible for registration as occupational therapists.

Associate Degree of Allied Health - Get a deeper understanding of the allied health field. Upon completion, you can choose to enter the workforce in entry-level allied health roles or if you're interested in becoming an occupational therapist continue your studies by applying to transfer into the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Work closely with experienced researchers and supervisors to develop your research skills, explore new areas of knowledge, and make meaningful contributions to occupational therapy practice.

Master of Research - Develop your understanding of research methodologies, data analysis, and academic writing in the field of occupational therapy.

Are there opportunities for clinical placements or internships?

Clinical placements are integral to the undergraduate occupational therapy courses at UniSQ. These invaluable opportunities enable you to put your knowledge and skills into practice in real-world settings, working alongside experienced professionals.

The required number of hours for supervised clinical placement may vary depending on the specific degree pursued, ranging from 120 to 1000 hours. The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) specifically requires a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical placement prior to graduating. Research degrees, however, do not typically involve placements or internships, as the focus is primarily on research and academic pursuits. For further details on professional experience/placements, please view the degree structure of the Occupational Therapy degree you are interested in.

What are the career opportunities for occupational therapy graduates?

Upon completing your Occupational Therapy degree at UniSQ, you’ll be prepared to pursue rewarding careers in various settings, including:

  • hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • rehabilitation centres
  • schools and educational institutions
  • community health organisations
  • mental health facilities
  • aged care and disability services
  • child and adolescent services
  • vocational rehabilitation services
  • and many more.

These varied career options allow you to make a positive impact on individuals and communities, helping people enhance their well-being and independence through occupational therapy interventions. 

Can I study part-time?
Yes, UniSQ understands that flexibility is important for students. We offer part-time study options for our Occupational Therapy degrees, allowing you to balance your studies with other commitments. Whether you choose to study full-time or part-time, we provide the support and resources you need to succeed. Discover the different ways you can study at UniSQ.

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