The Entry-level Master’s of Science (M.S.) Occupational Therapy (OTH) Program gives students a solid foundation for implementing the occupational therapy process in a variety of practice settings. The scope of the occupational therapy curriculum is intentionally broad to address diverse client populations across the lifespan in a 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 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.
Certification and Credentialing
Graduates of the M.S. OTH Program must complete the following to practice as an occupational therapist.
- Graduates 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.
- A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
- Successful completion of this examination results in the credential as a registered occupational therapist (OTR).
- After obtaining the registered occupational therapist credential from NBCOT, a practitioner must obtain state licensure. Practitioners must work with licensing boards within states they plan to work in order to obtain initial licensure and maintain their license to practice.