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OT - Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Occupational therapy is a versatile and expanding profession within the health care spectrum of services. Occupation is everything people do to occupy themselves, including looking after themselves and their loved ones, enjoying life doing the things they want to do, and contributing to the social and economic well-being of their neighbors and communities. 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. Increasingly, occupation (or the ability to participate in life's activities) has come to be viewed as the definition of health and well being (the World Health Organization), and therefore a goal of health services agencies.

  • Occupational therapists work with various agencies in the community to plan programs or strategies to maximize the ability of community members to live independently and fully participate in the life and amenities of the community.
  • Occupational therapists address the needs of a wide variety of clients, both as individuals and as groups: Elderly individuals who suffer a decline in functioning; people with mental illness or substance abuse; those with physical impairments; injured workers; and children with developmental delays, to name a few.

The Department of Occupational Therapy & Community Health offers a post-baccalaureate, entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. The two-year entry-level program (4 academic semesters and six months internship) includes 64 credit hours of graduate coursework. The program prepares graduates to practice as generalists in the profession of occupational therapy. It requires students to obtain and utilize a broad liberal arts education prior to entry. It prepares students to function in a wide variety of settings utilizing the principles and intervention approaches related to occupation, and to supervise occupational therapy support personnel.

Graduates of the program are expected:

  • to adopt the values of ethical practice
  • to be effective consumers of research as a basis for practice
  • to advocate for the profession and for its clients
  • to pursue lifelong learning as a means of keeping current with best professional practice.

The program utilizes technology to enhance the delivery of courses, and students are expected to have sufficient computer skills to fully participate. They must have unrestricted access to a computer. The program also involves clinical placement at various points in the curriculum, and students should be prepared to provide their own transportation to local clinic sites. Level II fieldwork (24 weeks of clinical internship) at the conclusion of the program may involve placement at a distant site. Students are responsible for their own travel and housing for this phase of the program.

Student Profile

The student profile provides the interquartile ranges (25th - 75th percentiles) of the entrance exam scores for students admitted to the program. This information is intended to assist applicants in determining opportunities for admission.

Graduate Record Exam

Revised GRE taken after August 1, 2012
Verbal: 145 -165      Quantitative: 137-158

National Board Results