College of Education and Rehabilitation

Occupational Therapy

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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree requires coursework over a period of 23 months beginning in August of Year 1 and extending through June of Year 2. 

Prior to entering the program, applicants must provide evidence of a bachelor’s degree and completion of at least 18 credit hours of foundational prerequisite courses.

To meet the required semester credits, students must complete curriculum designed to meet ACOTE standards including fieldwork experiences and a capstone project. Students must complete the entire program in five years.

Program Goals

At the successful conclusion of this MSOT degree program, students will:

  • Have acquired, as a foundation for professional study, a breadth and depth of knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences, and an understanding of issues related to diversity
  • Be educated as a generalist with a broad exposure to the delivery models and systems used in settings where Occupational Therapy is currently practiced, and where it is emerging as a service
  • Have achieved entry-level competence through a combination of academic and fieldwork education
  • Be prepared to articulate and apply Occupational Therapy theory and evidence-based evaluations and interventions to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupation
  • Be prepared to articulate and apply therapeutic use of occupations with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings
  • Be prepared to plan and apply occupational therapy interventions to address the physical, cognitive,  psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life
  • Be prepared to be a lifelong learner, and keep current with evidence-based professional practice
  • Be prepared to effectively communicate with and work interprofesionally with those who provide care for individuals and/or populations in order to clarify each member’s responsibility in executing components of an intervention plan
  • Uphold the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the Occupational Therapy profession
  • Understand the distinct roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant in the supervisory process
  • Be prepared to advocate as a professional for the Occupational Therapy services offered and for the recipients of those services
  • Be prepared to be an effective consumer of the latest research and knowledge bases that support practice and contribute to the growth and dissemination of research and knowledge

( 2011 Accreditation Standards for a Master’s-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist.)