College of Education and Rehabilitation

Department of Occupational Therapy

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
with Developing Program Status

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MSOT) program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Developing Program Status* by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) (website of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) –, located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.  The telephone number for ACOTE is (301) 652-2682.

Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).

In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Program Overview

Our Master of Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree program gives Salus students the basic skills they need as a direct care provider, consultant, educator, manager, researcher and advocate for both the profession and the consumer.

Students with a bachelor’s degree may apply for entry into either the master’s (MSOT) or combined MSOT/OTD degree programs. Once enrolled, students have the option to change their degree program selection.  A student who enters the program as an MSOT candidate may request admission to the doctoral program. 

All qualified students are awarded a Master of Science (MSOT) degree after successful completion of the coursework.  This coursework include didactic classroom courses, Fieldwork experiences, and a Capstone project.

*note: The program is currently undergoing formal, new program accreditation review, and accreditation status will be determined upon completion of the process.