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Occupational Therapy

The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. This is achieved by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate by modifying their environment. Occupational therapists have a broad education that equips them with skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with individuals or groups and communities who have an impairment of body structure or function due to a health condition.

Leading to

Bachelor of Science

Occupational Therapy

Careers include

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Practitioner

Your Pathway to Occupational Therapy

If you have…

✓ Completed  Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

9 university level units studied over 2 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy).

Or if you have…

✓ Completed  Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Information and Media Technologies
  • Chemistry
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology

Elective Units (Select two)

  • Accounting
  • Design Skills
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Design Computing
  • Media Culture and Communications
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Physics
  • Project Management
  • Programming
  • Technical Mathematics

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units:

Core Units

  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice
  • Indigenous Cultures and Health Behaviours
  • Evidence Informed Health Practice
  • Human Structure & Function
  • Concepts in Occupational Therapy Practice
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • Introduction to Psychology

Occupational Therapy Diploma of Health Science (Core Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Evidence Informed Health Practice

The role of empirical evidence in making decisions in health practice. Introduction to different types of research methodologies; measurement; observation; data collection; research ethics; bio-statistical analysis; strategies to understand, question and evaluate evidence.

Foundations for Professional Health Practice

Introduction to ethical decision making in the context of professional health practice. Application of academic standards and development of skills required for studying at university. Introduction to professional requirements which impact on the safety and quality of client centred service/care when working in a health setting. Examination of differences in Australian and international health systems. Students will learn the value of diversity in inter-professional practice through working in teams. Students will reflect on their learning and begin to develop lifelong learning skills.

Health and Health Behaviour

Students will explore the environmental, social, cultural, psychological and biological factors that influence the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and populations. Perceptions of health, illness and disability and how these shape health decision making will be discussed. Consideration of how theories of health behaviour can be applied to maintaining and improving health and wellbeing. Students will work inter- professionally to identify the key principles influencing health and health behaviour required to deliver safe, high quality client and community centred services.

Human Structure and Function

Anatomical organisation of the body and the relationships between body systems and cells. Human requirements for metabolism and life. The structure and function of the body. Basic control and interactions of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Primary defence against microorganisms. Mechanisms for growth, repair and reproduction.

Indigenous Cultures and Health

In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global, Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on health and health care access. Students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social determinants, and how health professionals can work collaboratively in consultation with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Occupational Therapy Diploma of Health Science (Specialist Units - Stage 2)

Concepts in Occupational Therapy Practice

Development of occupational therapy. Introduction to foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be an occupational therapist. Introduction to the occupational therapy process. Understanding of occupational analysis. Application of professional behaviour, interpersonal communication and ethics through a variety of practical and fieldwork experiences.

Applied Anatomy

Unit description coming soon.

Introduction to Occupational Therapy

Introduction to the occupational perspective of humans and health. Consideration of occupation – human activity which is purposeful, meaningful and active- as the way humans form individual and collective identities, realise a meaningful existence, and ultimately achieve and maintain health. Frameworks used to understand humans as occupational beings. Consider contemporary issues impacting on occupational health.

Introduction to Psychology

Broad outline of the nature, methods, and fields of psychology. Introduction to psychology and methodological issues related to the study of human beings and the relevance of both for interactions with individuals and groups. Introduction to social psychology, personality, development, learning, memory, and motivation.

2021 Fees

Australian Students

This pathway is currently not available to Australian students.

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 3,125 25,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,750 38,000

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

This pathway is not currently available to Australian students.

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 5 points from 3 GCE A-Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Completion of Year 1 Diploma with at least 18 points (minimum of 4 subjects) Minimum of 29 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College

For more information about entry requirements and pre-requisites for Australian and International applicants:

Entry Requirements Pre-Requisites English requirements

We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, as well as students who have completed alternative training. We also accept students with work and/or life experience:

Entry Options Student & ATAR Profiles


Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
February | June

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Note: This course has limited places available.


Diploma (Stage 1)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma (Stage 2)
2 Semesters (12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Next Intake February 2021 (Stage 1 & Stage 2)

Apply now for the Diploma of Health Sciences, leading to year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) at Curtin University.

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Why Occupational Therapy?

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

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