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Occupational Therapy (M.S.) 2014-2015 Catalog Year

College of Health Professions and Social Work

Department of Occupational Therapy & Community Health
(239) 590-7550

The post-baccalaureate, entry-level M.S. in Occupational Therapy program prepares graduates to practice as generalists in a wide variety of settings. Occupational therapists use occupation (or the activities and tasks associated with a client's valued occupations) as the method for achieving therapeutic goals. An expanding body of research has shown that occupation-based interventions are highly effective in motivating clients, have the ability to tap into unconscious motor memory, and are ultimately more effective in reaching client goals than are treatments focusing only on motion and/or strength. The program consists of four academic semesters (including clinical placements at various points in the curriculum) and six months of internship. The program utilizes technology to enhance the delivery of courses, and students are expected to have sufficient computer skills to fully participate.

Program Accreditation

This entry-level Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland, 20814-3449, ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is

Program Admission Requirements

See program website URL listed above.

Program Requirements
  • OTH 6002 Occupational Therapy History and Foundations (2)
  • OTH 6009 Theory in Occupational Therapy (3)
  • OTH 6018 Professional Practice (3)
  • OTH 6026 Group Process and Management (3)
  • OTH 6106C Technology in Practice (3)
  • OTH 6226C Evaluation of Occupational Performance (3)
  • OTH 6235C Occupational Therapy Interventions (3)
  • OTH 6325C Practice in Behavioral Health (1)
  • OTH 6415C Human Motion in Activity (3)
  • OTH 6436C Adult UE Rehabilitation (3)
  • OTH 6523C Practice with Children (3)
  • OTH 6536C Occupational Performance Issues I (3)
  • OTH 6605C Occupational Performance Issues II (3)
  • OTH 6707 Management and Supervision in Occupational Therapy (3)
  • OTH 6725 Community Practice Seminar (3)
  • OTH 6751C Outcomes Research (3)
  • OTH 6853 Level IA Fieldwork (1)
  • OTH 6854 Level IB Fieldwork (1)
  • OTH 6855 Level IC Fieldwork (1)
  • OTH 6845 Level IIA Fieldwork (6)
  • OTH 6846 Level IIB Fieldwork (6)
  • OTH 6910 Directed Study (3)
  • OTH 6973C Project Implementation (1)


Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Apply for graduation by deadline indicated in the university calendar.

Completion of the degree in Occupational Therapy, which includes the prescribed fieldwork, is required for eligibility to sit for the Certification Examination and to obtain a license to practice as an Occupational Therapist.

Progression Requirements
  • Students must earn a grade of B or better in all required coursework in order to progress in the program
  • Students are evaluated on professional behaviors as well as academic performance
  • Successful completion of assigned fieldwork integrating academic material and professional behaviors is a required part of the program
  • Students must provide evidence of immunizations, CPR training, health insurance, malpractice insurance coverage, and criminal background checks, as detailed in the Program's Student Handbook.

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