Occupational Therapy Entry-Level M.S. Program

The Entry-level Master’s of Science (M.S.) Occupational Therapy (OTH) Program aims to give students a solid foundation for implementing the occupational therapy process so they are prepared to enter a variety of practice settings. The scope of the occupational therapy curriculum is intentionally broad in order to prepare students to work with diverse client populations across the lifespan in a wide range of environments. The courses offer depth of content that progresses from understanding of fundamental facts and concepts to application in dynamic clinic scenarios and fieldwork experiences. The curriculum is designed to prepare students by providing the depth of knowledge and skill to be competent entry-level practitioners. Upon completion of all the academic and fieldwork requirements of the Entry-level M.S. OTH Program, students are awarded a Master's of Science degree. All occupational therapy practitioners must graduate from an accredited occupational therapy program and pass the national certification examination in order to practice occupational therapy. In addition, all states require certified occupational therapy therapists to be licensed.

Certification and Credentialing

Graduates of the M.S. OTH Program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Information about NBCOT and the certification examination can be found at www.nbcot.org. Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be a registered occupational therapist (OTR). State licensure is required in all 50 states; practitioners must work with licensing boards within states they plan to work in order to obtain initial licensure and maintain their license by acquiring continuing education credits  and paying fees.

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