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.
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, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, Maryland, 20824-1220, Telephone: (301) 652-2682.
Program Admission Requirements
- Baccalaureate degree in any field. An official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university should be submitted; degree may be pending completion at time of application.
- Baccalaureate GPA (or GPA in the last 60 hours of courses completed at the time of application) of 3.0 or better.
- GPA of 3.0 or better in prerequisite courses (listed below).
- Completed Documentation of Volunteer/Work Experience form documenting at least 10 hours of volunteer, work, or shadowing experience in at least two (2) OT practice environments in accordance with Guidelines for Volunteer/Work Experiences.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last 5 years, with minimum combined score of 1000 on verbal and quantitative sections. Analytical writing scores must also be reported.
- Completed Graduate Studies application and a completed Department of Occupational Therapy and Community Health Supplemental Application.
- Personal statement in accordance with Personal Statement Guidelines.
- Interview (arranged by invitation when all other application materials have been received and reviewed).
- The following prerequisite courses or the equivalent must be completed with a grade of C or better (a grade of C- or less is not acceptable). Students may complete some prerequisites in the summer session after acceptance into the program but before beginning the graduate level of study. Courses noted in parentheses are FGCU courses that meet the requirement:
- Two courses in human anatomy & physiology w/lab (BSC 1085C & BSC 1086C)
- Any abnormal psychology or psychopathology course (CLP 3140)
- Any lifespan human development course (DEP 2004)
- Research course with health professions or behavioral research focus (IHS 4504)
- Any musculoskeletal anatomy course w/lab (OTH 3417C)
- Any neuroanatomy/neurophysiology course (OTH 3429C)
- Any introductory physics or qualified physical science course (PHY 2020, PHY 2048C or PHY 2053C)
- Any general psychology course (PSY 2012)
- Any statistics course (STA 2023 or STA 2037)
- Any sociology or anthropology course with a multicultural theme (SYG 2000, SYG 2010, SYG 2250, ANT 2000, or ANT 2410)
- OTH 6002 Occupational Therapy History and Foundations (2)
- OTH 6009 Theory in Occupational Therapy (3)
- OTH 6018 Professional Practice (3)
- OTH 6026C 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 6845 Level IIA Fieldwork (6)
- OTH 6846 Level IIB Fieldwork (6)
- OTH 6910 Directed Study (3)
- OTH 6973C Project Implementation (1)
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 63 HRS
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.
- 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.