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Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) - BSc(Curtin) - B-OCCT Health Sciences
Indicative ATAR 80 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

The July intake is intended for course switching students from Health Sciences. Places are limited.

Duration 4 years full-time

Course overview

This degree course prepares you to work as a professional occupational therapist, training you to assess and treat people who, because of illness, injury or circumstance, are limited in their ability to undertake everyday activities. You will learn to assist people to regain lost functions, develop their abilities and social skills, and enhance their health and wellbeing.

The course encompasses a broad range of core units, covering areas such as environment, health and disability, human biology, psychology, physical rehabilitation, Indigenous cultures and health, and neuropsychiatry.

You will learn to identify barriers – physical, social, attitudinal or even legislative – that prevent engagement in occupation, and you will be encouraged to find interventions, strategies and solutions.

You will study in laboratories, learning spaces and resource rooms that are tailored for learning the skills required to work in occupational therapy, and enable you to practise the essential skills needed for individual and family-centred care.

You will have the opportunity to take at least three seven-week blocks of fieldwork in an interprofessional work setting.

Please note: The July intake is intended for course switching students from Health Sciences. Places are limited.

Take a Google Maps virtual tour of our occupational performance skills laboratory.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

At least one ATAR science course from the following list: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Physics or Psychology

Desirable WACE courses


Other requirements

Selection is based on ATAR for school leavers. Other criteria applies for non-school leaver applicants. For details, please contact Future Students Services.

A current Essential First Aid Certificate is required within four weeks of entry into the first semester.


The July intake is intended for course switching students from Health Sciences. Places are limited.

Fieldwork requirements

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

You must be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (national) to use the titles registered health practitioner or occupational therapist. 

Professional memberships:

WA Occupational Therapy Association

Occupational Therapy Australia

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Occupational Therapist

This course can help you become an Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Rehabilitation Practitioner, Rehabilitation Consultant, Local Area Coordinator and Health Administrator.

Why Occupational Therapy?

  • Investment of $9 million in new facilities.
  • Facilities have laboratories, learning spaces, resource rooms and a student common room to help you practice essential skills for person, client and family-centred care.