This course aims to provide Northern Territory students with the opportunity to pursue occupational therapy as a career. Students learn to develop the skills and knowledge essential for later completion of the James Cook University (JCU) four-year Occupational Therapy program. Ten places have been specifically allocated at James Cook University for students who successfully complete this feeder course at Charles Darwin University. Successful completion means a pass grade or higher, and there is also the proviso that the successful students will be able to return to the Northern Territory to undertake the fieldwork components of the JCU program. Students continue their study in second year at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland.
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Feeder Course) (BOT21)
The first year at Charles Darwin University comprises of units in: Anatomy and Physiology, Health and Health Professions, Remote Area Health, Lifespan Development, common unit and Tasks and Roles of Occupational Therapy. Theoretical knowledge is consolidated by practical knowledge in the unit Tasks and Roles of Occupational Therapy.
The inclusion of one Common unit is at the request of James Cook University. This will permit easy transfer into a Charles Darwin University degree course for those students who do not progress to the JCU second level Occupational Therapy program.
Students transferring to the Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration) program will be granted credit transfer of up to 60 credit points.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from James Cook University, students must successfully complete 1000 hours of fieldwork, 50 percent of which must be undertaken on a full-time basis. The fieldwork placements consist of two 7 week placements (one of which must be undertaken in a rural setting); one 14 week placement; and 300 hours of fieldwork undertaken in a mental health setting.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below.
CUC107 Northern Perspectives
Compulsory Core units totalling 70 credit detailed below:
NUR104 Lifespan Development
NUR109 Introduction to Medical/Surgical Nursing
NUR111 Health and Health Professions
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SOT100 Remote Area Health
SOT102 Tasks and Roles of Occupational Therapy
Total Credit Points
Of the total 80 credit points:
Not more than 10 credit points shall be included with a grade of "PT" or "PC" or "PS"
Students who anticipate they will be eligible to enrol to complete their program at JCU should apply from August 2009 to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) for admission.
Unit Repository – provides general information about each unit including a brief description and the semester and mode offered.
Timetables – provide detail on the individual class times for units offered internally. Timetables for the following academic year are available from the middle of December each year.
Bookshop – if text books have been prescribed, recommended or ordered for units in this course, details are available by unit code through the Casuarina Campus Bookshop.
Occupational therapist in a variety of health organisations and settings.