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Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapy Department

There are two occupational therapy entry-level programs. One is a five-year combined BS/MS program and the other is a three-year MS program. The BS/MS curriculum begins with a strong liberal arts core. The core curriculum provides students with a general knowledge base and the opportunity to develop analytical abilities that are the foundation for excellence in the professional competencies. Students in the BS/MS program also declare and complete a structured minor. The MS degree in occupational therapy (OT) is an entry-level degree specifically created for people who have a B.A. or B.S. degree in another area of study and who meet the admission criteria. Both the BS/MS and the MS program offer professional development with faculty guidance and support. This guidance is a consistent process for students prior to, during, and after clinical placements.

Students complete six months of full-time fieldwork experience provided at a variety of settings across the country. In addition to a strong academic and clinical preparation, students are expected to complete a master’s project involving research of a Critically Appraised Topic. The student-centered approach, in combination with the curriculum’s academic, clinical and research components, provides thorough preparation for graduates to develop leadership and service in a variety of health care, educational and community settings, and to be successful in practice.