Occupational therapists help people of all ages achieve their goals, optimise their lifestyles and actively participate in society irrespective of personal and environmental limitations.
Our accredited occupational therapy qualifications are informed by industry and include clinical placements so you can gain direct hands-on experience while you study. You’ll learn in state-of-the-art simulation based training facilities and benefit from our strong industry links.
When you study occupational therapy with us you will learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics, practicing health professionals and researchers in the field. Our curriculum is based on our innovative, above world-class research1, ensuring you graduate career-ready.
1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
UniSA is number one in South Australia for graduate careers1, and our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In fact, in the 2015 nationwide Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. This is great news for students, and evidence of the fact that we are committed to extending your knowledge and building your career.
As an Occupational Therapy student you’ll be taught by industry professionals. Our teachers have a very practical approach to learning, which means you’ll work on real-world projects and gain direct practical experience. We’ve also invested millions of dollars in new buildings and facilities, so you’ll use the latest technologies and learn in ultra-modern teaching spaces.
UniSA is also Australia’s youngest university to receive five-stars in research2 and this excellence shines through our teaching. We are inspired by challenges and opportunities, and partner with local icons and international organisations to deliver impact and change.
1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey, 2014 – 2016 Full-Time Employment Indicator
22015 QS Stars Rankings
A successful occupational therapist is practical, logical, attentive and observant. You will enjoy working with people and be mentally and physically capable – this field of work is immensely rewarding but can also offer challenges, which you need to be ready to manage.
As an occupational therapist you can gain employment in a range of settings, including:
We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. Our students have had placements and internships with organisations like:
Are you after a career change or looking to upgrade your existing skills? Or perhaps you just have an interest in a particular subject area and want to further your experience, skills and knowledge. We offer a suite of short programs that will allow you to build your knowledge and skill set.
Designed in collaboration with expert academics, program content is industry-relevant and up-to-date. Short programs include:
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students Rachel and Tyla share their experiences of their rural placement project in Clare Valley, supported by UniSA’s Department of Rural Health.