Occupational Therapy M.S. – Professional Entry Level

The professional entry-level master's program is designed for individuals who have received a bachelor's degree in another area of study and are interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy. The program duration is just over two years and will prepare students to sit for the national certification examination. This program is designed for full-time study beginning during the summer session.

Admission

Completed applications are due by March 1. Applications are available online through the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies.

  • A completed bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Completion of the following prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or higher:
    • 3 credits of biology
    • 8 credits of anatomy and physiology
    • 3 credits of general psychology
    • 3 credits of developmental psychology or human development across the life span
    • 3 credits of abnormal psychology
    • 3 credits of sociology or anthropology
    • 3 credits of statistics
    • 3 credits of research methods
  • An on-campus or phone interview with a writing sample provided

Additional Application Materials Needed

  • Completion of online application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation, one preferably from a health care practitioner
  • Two additional letters of recommendation if applying for an assistantship

Assistantships

Each year the department awards graduate assistantships that comprise both scholarship and taxable salary. Students awarded graduate assistantships fulfill duties in the department as assigned. All students applying for assistantships must submit two additional letters of recommendation.

Major Department Requirements

Major Department Requirements

OTMS 50000Functional Human Anatomy

0 or 5

OTMS 50500Occupational Therapy Theory

4

OTMS 51000Neuroscience

0 or 3

OTMS 52000Kinesiology

0 or 4

OTMS 52200Psychiatry in Occupational Therapy

3

OTMS 53000Applied Interventions in Occupational Therapy

0 to 3

OTMS 53500Group Process in Occupational Therapy

4

OTMS 54000Concepts in Adult Occupational Therapy

0 or 4

OTMS 54500Concepts in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

0 or 4

OTMS 55000Adult Evaluation and Intervention Processes in Occupational Therapy

3

OTMS 55500Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention Processes in Occupational Therapy

3

OTMS 56500Research Seminar

1

OTMS 57100Adult Clinical Conditions

3

OTMS 57500Pediatric Clinical Conditions

2

OTMS 59800Special Topics in Occupational Therapy

1 to 3

OTMS 65500Technological Interventions in Occupational Therapy

0 or 3

OTMS 66500Gerontic Occupational Therapy

3

OTMS 65000Applied Pediatric Neuroscience

3

or

OTMS 65100Applied Adult Neuroscience

0 or 3

OTMS 62600Professional Practice in the Community

3

OTMS 62000Advanced OT Theory and Practice

3

Total major degree requirements:  64 credits

Graduate Electives

Students must take 3 credits from the OTMS 64xxx list of clinical elective courses and 3 credits from the OTMS 68xxx list of courses.  Specific courses offered will be determined by student consensus.
OTMS 64100Adaptation and Environmental Modification

3

OTMS 64300Cognitive Rehabilitation

3

OTMS 64500Vocational Readiness

3

OTMS 64600Play and Leisure

3

OTMS 68100Advanced Concepts in Physical Disabilities

3

OTMS 68200Advanced Concepts in Psychosocial Occupational Therapy

3

OTMS 68300Advanced Concepts in Geriatric Rehabilitation

3

OTMS 68400School-Based Occupational Therapy

3

OTMS 68500Hand Therapy

3

OTMS 68800Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention

3

Total graduate electives  6 credits

Clinical Fieldwork Courses

OTMS 60000Clinical Fieldwork II - Children and Adolescents

6

OTMS 69000Clinical Fieldwork II - Adult/Geriatric

6

OTMS 69500Clinical Fieldwork II - Elective Specialty

4

or

OTMS 69600Elective Internship

4

Total fieldwork courses  16 credits

Research

OTMS 67200Individual Thesis Research I

3

and

OTMS 67300Individual Thesis Research II

3

or

OTMS 67100Group Research I

3

and

OTMS 67120Group Research II

3

Total research  6 credits

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