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2021-2022 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2021-2022 School of Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Therapy BS/MS

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Program Objectives

The occupational therapy program prepares those who have achieved Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) status the opportunity to become a master’s entry-level practitioner through a flexible, part-time evening program. 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)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

phone: 301.652.2682.

Students with a baccalaureate degree who do not have OTA status and who are interested in pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy click here.  


An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in Occupational Therapy with a minimum of 1 year of clinical experience, and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health Studies from Salem State University with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average. Students with a grade point average of less than 3.0 may petition the SSU Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee for consideration of admission. Graduates from the master’s 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) nbcot.org.

Any student who has been convicted of a prior felony may be considered ineligible by NBCOT to sit for the NBCOT examination and may be unable to attain an OT license from the State Licensure Board.

Program Requirements


  • Foundation Year Core Courses and Support Courses
  • Advanced Placement Credit

For a complete listing of the undergraduate program requirements, click here: catalog.salemstate.edu/preview_program.php

First Year: Bachelor of Science Degree

  • OCT 395 Concepts of Information Literacy for Health Care Professionals
  • OCT 400N Pathways for Occupational Therapy Practice
  • OCT 401 Effective Documentation in OT Practice
  • OCT 402 Clinical Reasoning & Professional Judgment
  • OCT 403 OT Promotion, Education and Media
  • OCT 404 Perceptual and Cognitive Disabilities
  • OCT 411 Theoretical Principles of Occupation I
  • OCT 406 Conditions and Pathologies
  • OCT 407N OT Analysis & Interventions I
  • OCT 408 Research, Writing & Learning I
  • OCT 412 Theoretical Principles of Occupation II
  • OCT 413 OT Analysis & Interventions II


Total First Year Credits: Bachelor of Science Awarded 120

Prerequisite Courses to Master of Science Degree

  • OCT 611 Assistive Technologies
  • OCT 613 Occupational Therapy Policy and Practice
  • OCT 622 Civic Advancement and Administration I

Total Second and Third Year Credits: Master of Science Awarded 38-44

Additional Information and Notes

*Note: Graduate students have the option of taking up to six additional credits of independent study with Department Chair approval.

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