Bachelor of Health Sciences (Principles of Occupational Therapy) / Master of Occupational Therapy

Fast facts

Course type: Undergraduate/postgraduate course
Course length: 5 years
Location: On campus

2016 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): a minimum of 95.00
Guaranteed entry ATAR: 95.00

Course overview

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (Principles of Occupational Therapy)/Master of Occupational Therapy program provides you with the skills and knowledge to assess and treat people who have limited ability in daily activities because of illness, injury or circumstance.

You will develop skills in therapeutic use of occupations, individual and group assessment, and in intervention techniques.

Supervised clinical placements are integral to the course and will enable you to develop a sound basis for professional practice.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy aims to promote the participation of people, organisations and populations through engagement in everyday activities or occupations.

Why study Occupational Therapy at Flinders?

This program:

  • prepares you for professional practice in occupational therapy
  • will be closely integrated with clinical practice
  • has a strong focus on preparing you to become a contemporary health professional able to work across a variety of settings

  • joins a suite of nationally-recognised health professional courses offered at Flinders University.

Professional recognition/membership

This course has been developed to meet the Occupational Therapy Council’s Accreditation Standards (2012) and also the requirements of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy in regard to occupational therapy programs. The Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Occupational Therapy has fulfilled the requirements for entry level education of occupational therapists and has been awarded the status of Accredited Occupational Therapy Course by Occupational Therapy Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Occupational Therapy is an approved program for registration by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, which has set registration standards that aim to ensure that every registered health practitioner has the qualifications and skills to provide safe care to the Australian community. Registration standards include criminal history, English language skills, professional indemnity insurance and such. Students need to meet these requirements, in addition to completing their degree, to be able to practice as an occupational therapist. For full details, applicants are advised to visit Occupational Therapy Board of Australia - Registration standards.

Career opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Health Sciences (Principles of Occupational Therapy) / Master of Occupational Therapy degree?

Entry requirements

Prerequisites: None. However, knowledge of Stage 2 Biology is assumed.

Domestic students: This course is available for entry on the basis of any of the following qualifications; Year 12, TAFE/VET level study, Higher Education Study, adult entry.

It is expected that applicants competing on performance in SACE Stage 2 studies or the International Baccalaureate or the interstate/overseas equivalent, will need to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above (after the addition of any relevant bonus points for special access schemes) to be competitive for a place in this course.

Applicants who have undertaken higher education study are eligible to compete, however, credit may be limited and dependant on the credit granted applicants may not be able to enrol full-time at all times.

Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes.

Refer to undergraduate study applications.

Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 224071
Mid year entry: No
Applications: SATAC Uniweb 
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth-supported

2016: $8,128

International students
CRICOS code: Not applicable
Mid year entry: Not applicable
Applications: Not applicable
Annual fees: Not applicable




Note: Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?

Additional requirements:

Immunisation and Communicable Diseases: Requirements for Clinical Placements

This course includes clinical placements which aim to provide students with the practical experience required for the workplace. Students on placement have both an increased risk of most vaccine preventable diseases as well as the potential to transmit infections to susceptible patients. Students who are required to complete clinical placements as part of their course must therefore be immunised in accordance with the relevant State or Territory immunisation  standards (e.g. Health Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline)  and any additional private provider requirements as needed.

Further information about immunisation and other clinical placement requirements.

Criminal History Screening Check

All occupational therapy students will be required to complete a criminal history screening check prior to undertaking any placement. This requirement will apply to students when they commence the occupational therapy component of the course.

Rural and remote sub-quota

An annual sub-quota of 10 places in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Principles of Occupational Therapy)/Master of Occupational Therapy will be for applicants from rural and remote areas who wish to practice in rural and remote regions across Australia.

For further information about being considered for the rural and remote sub-quota refer to rural and remote sub-quota - statutory declaration.

Related courses

Course brochures

Domestic students

Health (PDF 6MB)

International students
eBrochure: Undergraduate international prospectus

Faculty contact

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Tel: (08) 8201 2986 Fax: (08) 8201 3905