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2017-2018 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2017-2018 School of Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Direct Entry/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

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This program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another area of study and wish to become qualified as an occupational therapist. The focus of the direct entry master’s in occupational therapy is to prepare excellent practitioners who are dedicated to providing occupation-focused, client-centered, and evidence-based services and are committed to leadership in the field.  The program’s design is a part-time evening cohort model. 

This program meets the standards, skills, values and ethics requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Their address is:
ACOTE C/O Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
phone: 301.652.2682.

Graduates from the direct entry program meeting all requirements will be eligible to sit for the Occupational Therapy Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Please note that any student who has been convicted of a prior felony may be considered ineligible by NBCOT to set for the NBCOT exam and may be unable to attain an OT license from the State Licensure Board.


Because your undergraduate degree was not occupational therapy, there are prerequisites that must be completed with a grade of C or better by the beginning of the program in September. The exception is statistics – this course may be taken in the first semester of the program.     

  • Medical Terminology Course (Certificate)
  • BIO 200 & 201   Anatomy & Physiology I & II (8)
  • SMS 300   Kinesiology (3)
  • PSY 215   Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSY   Human Growth & Development (3)
  • SOC 201   Intro to Sociology or Intro to Anthropology (3)                          
  • BIO 400   Neuroanatomy (4)
  • MAT 247 Statistics (Math, Psych or Business) (3) Can take option OT course**
  • PHL 218  Ethics (any course) (3)

    Total Prerequisite Credits: 30

Total Credits: 95

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