Program Standards

  • As adult learners in a graduate-level professional education program, students are expected to be fully responsible for their learning and achievement
  • All first-year students entering the program in the Fall are required to attend the Program’s orientation days, scheduled during the summer term. Orientation for both the Weekend and One-Weekday formats is scheduled on weekdays for more than one day each.
  • The Graduate Occupational Therapy Program requires all students to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • The courses must be taken in the order established in the curriculum
  • There is no part-time option
  • A student may repeat or withdraw from one (1) 6-credit and one (1) 3-credit course only once during the entirety of the program.
  • Due to the intensive, condensed, and limited amount of on-campus time, there are no excused absences. The respective full attendance policies are contained in the official Graduate OT Student Handbooks for the two distinctive formats.
  • The academic portion of the program must be completed within 150% of the normal length of the curriculum
  • Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 18 months of the completion of the academic portion of the curriculum

Program of Study

The entry-level Master’s Occupational Therapy curriculum requires students to participate in seven trimesters of academic work (63 credits) and two trimesters of field work (6 credits) for a total of 69 credits.

All students must complete two full-time three-month-long (12 weeks at a minimum) Level II Fieldwork experiences (3 credits for each fieldwork) directly following the last academic trimester. All Level II Fieldwork must be completed within eighteen (18) months after completion of the academic coursework.

Students enter the program with a strong liberal arts foundation, including specified courses in the social sciences and basic sciences. The prerequisite course of OT 521 Introduction to Occupational Therapy will ensure that all OT students, regardless of prior education, have a basic understanding of the profession’s history, philosophy, and domains of concern, to facilitate a successful transition to the graduate professional-level of OT education.

The degree conferred upon completion of the program is a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy for those already holding Bachelor degrees or higher, and a combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree for COTAs holding an Associate degree.