Candidates for the entry-level Master’s degree program in Occupational Therapy include traditional and non-traditional students. Entry into the professional curriculum of the Master’s degree pro-gram can be accomplished in three different ways, depending on the academic status of the applicant.
Candidates with Baccalaureate degrees can enter directly into the OT professional curriculum upon successful completion of admission requirements including prerequisite coursework.
COTAs and other transfer students who do not have Baccalaureate degrees can apply for entry into the OT professional curriculum after successful completion of prerequisite courses and a minimum of 60 credits of Liberal Arts coursework, which include the College’s General Education Curriculum.
Other applicants may enter a pre-professional curriculum in the Social Sciences as freshmen at Dominican College, which will provide general education and will meet all of the Occupational Therapy Master’s program prerequisites (consult the Undergraduate Catalog). After completing this pre-professional curriculum, students may apply for admission to the Master’s Program.
Program of Study
The entry-level Master’s Occupational Therapy curriculum requires students to participate in seven trimesters of academic work (a minimum of 63 semester hours). In recognition of their professional experience, the curriculum for students with initial NBCOT certification as COTAs is taught over six trimesters and requires eleven fewer credits. Both program tracks require the completion of two full-time three-month, Level II Fieldwork Experiences (3 credits each fieldwork) directly following the last academic trimester.
Students enter the program with a liberal arts foundation and specified courses in the social sciences and basic sciences. A prerequisite course, OT 421 Introduction to Occupational Therapy, will ensure that students have a basic understanding of the profession’s history, philosophy, and domains of concern. The prerequisite course OT 431 Overview of Occupational Therapy Practice provides the COTA 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 of education.
The curriculum design incorporates a liberal arts foundation, a core of basic 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.