James Cook University

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)



University Location Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
City Population 194,000
Student Population 22,000
Int'l Student Population 6,640
Main Campus Townsville
Program Campus Townsville
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$39,280 (2024 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2025
Application Deadline Rolling admissions*


The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program at James Cook University is forward-thinking curriculum that ensures that you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the broad range of current and future professional roles. This includes all clinical areas (physical disabilities, rural health and pediatrics), consultative roles including education, housing and occupational health and safety, as well as public health and health preparation roles that provide programs which enhance the health of the community.


Studying occupational therapy at JCU brings you many benefits beyond those of making friends and having fun in northern Queensland’s beautiful tropical environment. The program combines the study of health science, health promotion and occupational therapy professional practice. There is a special focus on occupational therapy in rural and remote settings.

You will learn the theory, practice, and management skills required to help people improve their health and well-being through everyday activities and occupations. You will gain experience working with clients in a range of rural and urban locations, totalling at least 1,000 hours of placements.

The JCU Health Occupational Therapy Clinic, located on campus in Townsville, is one such facility where you will observe, learn and develop clinical skills under supervision. The opportunity for practice placements in overseas countries has also been a feature of the JCU occupational therapy program in recent years.

Admission Requirements

Completed high school diploma
You must have a completed high school diploma with 80% GPA based on the average of the best six Grade 12 subjects as a percentage; completion of Grade 12 English (4, SA) and one of biology, chemistry, physics, health education or physical education (4, SA).

Admission Timeline

*Rolling admissions. Applications are assessed as they are received until the program is filled—the earlier you apply the better.