Occupational Therapy - Continuance Criteria
M.S. Program in Occupational Therapy

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Continuance Criteria

For students who have previously been accepted in the Bachelor of Science Health Studies with continuation to Occupational Therapy program (HSOT)
OT students during children's laboratory experience

Prior to beginning the occupational therapy phase of the program HSOT students are required to meet all of the following criteria to receive permission to enroll in the graduate occupational therapy courses.

For acceptance into the graduate occupational therapy phase of the program, students must complete and submit evidence of the following:
  1. a total of 25 hours of volunteer/observation experience with an occupational therapy practitioner and in a minimum of two different occupational therapy practice settings. Documentation, signed by the applicable occupational therapy practitioner(s), of the time spent in each setting is required (download required form). Documentation is due by midterm prior to the occupational therapy phase. *
  2. a reflective summary of the volunteer/observation/work experiences, to include: the type(s) of practice setting(s), knowledge of occupational therapy as a profession, observations of occupational therapy services, interactions with clients, and interactions with occupational therapy personnel. The written summary is due by midterm prior to the occupational therapy phase.
  3. an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  4. successful completion of all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of 'C.'
  5. a physical health examination within one year and completion of all other health requirements for occupational therapy students (please see Occupational Therapy Academic Fieldwork Coordinator or staff in College Health Center for details).
  6. American Heart Association CPR certification for the professional rescuer
  7. accident and health insurance.

*60 hours of employment or OTA fieldwork experience in two different settings served by occupational therapy may be substituted for the volunteer/observation requirement. Two settings from any combination of work or volunteer experience can be used to fulfill the volunteer/observation experience requirement. Documentation of work or volunteer/observation experiences is the same as that described in criteria above.

In addition, the following courses must be completed with a C or better in order to continue on to the Occupational Therapy Phase:

ANT 415 Cultures, Health, and Healing
BIO 101 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 102 Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 201 Gross Anatomy
BIO 202 Neuroanatomy & Neurophysiology
GNT 214 Biology of Aging or GNT 101 Introduction to Aging
HLS 101 Introduction to Health Professions
HLS 245 Human Development Across the Lifespan
              or PSY 223 Developmental Psychology
HLS 309 Medical Conditions and Implications
HLS 381 Kinesiology
HLS 401 Senior Seminar
HLS 445 Clinical Research
PHI 107 or 108 Ethics or Professional Ethics
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 211 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (or Math 112)
PSY 361 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 151 Human Society 



John Rowe
Director of Graduate Admissions

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