Program of Study
The entry-level Master's Occupational Therapy curriculum for students without initial NBCOT certification, or with diverse educational backgrounds, requires the students' participation in seven trimesters of academic work (a minimum of 63 semester hours). In recognition of their professional experience, the curriculum for students who are OTAs is taught over six trimesters and requires eleven fewer credits. Both program tracks require the completion of two three-month, three-credit clinical affiliations.
The student will enter the program with a basic knowledge in the liberal arts and specified prerequisites in the social sciences and natural sciences. A prerequisite course, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, will ensure that all diverse-background students have a basic understanding of the profession's history, philosophy, and domains of concern. The prerequisite course Overview of OT Practice provides students in the OTA track with a solid foundation in theory, clinical reasoning, and frames of reference to facilitate a successful transition from a technical level of knowledge and skill to professional-level education.
The curriculum design incorporates a liberal arts foundation, a core of natural and social science courses, a sequence of professional courses, and fieldwork in Occupational Therapy. The program leads to a combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree.