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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program
For those with a bachelor's degree in another field other than occupational therapy and who want to become a professional occupational therapist.
MS in Occupational Therapy students complete a two year program of on-campus coursework with a focus on individual treatment. Students participate in a faculty arranged fieldwork experience for six months during these two years, putting textbook knowledge into practice. Concurrent with fieldwork students use the Internet for distance learning that focuses on the student's preferred practice area.
The curriculum design is organized around a developmental, education philosophy with core expectations identified at each level.
In the first OT year the student is learning and applying theories of practice to a broad spectrum of clients with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and planning treatment for individuals, and developing a therapeutic style.
In the second OT year the student focuses on synthesis of multiple factors in delivering care. The emphasis is on addressing complex problems and developing professional competence and a personal practice style. Students analyze treatment efficacy and apply occupational-based theory to preferred practice settings. Emphasis is placed on enhancing evidence-based practice, leadership and responsibility to the profession and its clients.
To learn more about how your previous coursework can count for credit toward earning your master of science degree, contact the OT Department.