Courses Handbook 2010

311102 v.1 Graduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy


Course CRICOS Code: 062563G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 6 Months

Introduction (HB)

This course provides theoretical, skilled knowledge and advanced practical skills required by occupational therapists in changing health and community contexts. The focus is on emerging theoretical knowledge of occupation, clinical reasoning as a basis for reflective practice, management and evaluation skills and applied research. The course is designed to enable students to incorporate into practice recent developments in occupational therapy, generic practice and management skills.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A bachelor's degree or equivalent in occupational therapy.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening/Clearance Section of the Handbook. Students are required to have a current Essential First Aid Certificate within four weeks of entry into the first year of the course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (HB)

No recognition of prior learning recognised.

Duration and Availability

This course may be completed in one semester full-time, but is also offered on a part-time basis over two years.

Course Organisation

The Graduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy offers occupational therapists the opportunity to update their knowledge and skills. Upon completion of four units students will gain current knowledge and skills at an advanced level. Those occupational therapists wishing to apply for re-registration are strongly encouraged to undertake OT 642 - Clinical Education 111 to demonstrate achievement of professional competencies.

Career Opportunities (HB)

Occupational therapy clients may be individuals, groups or communities. Occupational therapists strive to assist clients to maximise or enable their participation in occupation - be it work, leisure or self care. As such, occupational therapy is practiced in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, health centres, homes, workplaces, schools and housing for seniors. Clients are actively involved in the therapeutic process and outcomes of occupational therapy are diverse, client-driven and measured in terms of participation or satisfaction derived from participation. Opportunities for work exist throughout Australia and other member countries of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
  SELECT 4 OPTIONS   100.0
Optional Units to Select from in Semester 1 (No Year Level Specified) Hrs/Wk Credit
311072 v.1 #   OT 541 Neuroscience Neurodevelopment 4.0 25.0
311073 v.1 #   OT 541 Health and Occupation 3.0 25.0
311074 v.1 #   OT 541 Ergonomics and Safety Science I 44.0 25.0
311075 v.1 #   OT 541 Foundations of Occupational Therapy 4.0 25.0
311082 v.1 #   OT641 Research Design 3.0 25.0
311083 v.1 #   OT 641 Physical Rehabilitation 4.0 25.0
311084 v.1 #   OT641 Orthoses and Rehabilitation Science 5.0 25.0
311085 v.1 #   OT 641 Gerontology 13.0 25.0
311086 v.1 #   OT 641 Neuropsychiatry II 4.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Semester 2 (No Year Level Specified) Hrs/Wk Credit
311077 v.1 *   OT 542 Neuropsychiatry I 4.0 25.0
311078 v.1 *   OT 542 Clinical Counselling and Group Work 6.0 25.0
311079 v.1 *   OT 542 Ergonomics and Safety Science II 3.0 25.0
311080 v.1 *   OT 542 Paediatrics 4.0 25.0
311081 v.1 *   OT 542 Neuroscience II 4.0 25.0
311087 v.1 *   OT 642 Community Based Rehabilitation and Development 30.0 25.0
311090 v.1 *   OT 642 Clinical Education III 304.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Study Period 1 (No Year Level Specified) Hrs/Wk Credit
311071 v.1 +   OT 540 Musculoskeletal Structure and Function 8.0 25.0
#      Available in semester one.
*      Available in semester two.
+      Available in study period one.


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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