Occupational Therapy - Curriculum
M.S. Program in Occupational Therapy

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Curriculum

The graduate curriculum meets the requirements for an accredited program from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy (AOTA, 2011).  The Occupational Therapy program is based on a five-semester sequence of courses, which includes twenty-eight weeks of Fieldwork experiences, for a total of 21 months. When accepted for freshman entry as a Health Studies Occupational Therapy student (HSOT), the student completes a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies with continuation to a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree within a total of six years.  A freshman entrant, in consultation with their academic advisor, may also choose an accelerated sequence completing three years of undergraduate coursework and two years of graduate coursework within a total of five years.  See program entry options >

Occupational Therapy Program Highlights

  • Close relationships enjoyed between faculty and students
  • Transformative philosophy applied within a supportive community
  • Case-informed learning accomplished through self-directed learning
  • Personal and professional skills developed through professional roles courses
  • Occupational performance courses focused on human occupations
  • Research sequence of courses designed to address community interests
  • Community experiences developed to assist students gain access to community members and their occupations
  • Community of scholars developed to assist students and faculty enhance professional growth

Program Goals

Successful graduates from this program will….

1. Demonstrate an understanding of how engagement in occupation supports participation;  The occupational therapy faculty members value occupation as the integral thread in the fabric of the curriculum for occupational therapy.

2. Demonstrate excellence in autonomous, critical thinking;

Strong autonomous, critical thinking is the second curricular thread, serving as an essential foundation for the development of the clinical reasoning, reflective thinking, and synthesis of research needed for evidence-based practice.

3. Demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors;

Professional development, the third curricular thread, is critical to the continuing competency of an occupational therapist who responds in a professional, effective, and ethical manner.

4. Demonstrate an appreciation for occupational therapy’s role in meeting the needs of diverse communities; The fourth curricular thread requires the development of cultural competency and an appreciation of diversity in order to engage in respectful interactions within local and global communities. This includes an understanding of concepts of social and occupational justice and the development of skills in advocacy.

5. Demonstrate competency in the roles and activities required of a highly effective entry-level occupational therapist practicing in a variety of contexts. The fifth curricular thread addresses practice competencies throughout the occupational therapy process with a variety of populations and within a variety of practice settings.

These goals are met by weaving learning opportunities, involving the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for goal completion, throughout the program’s courses, fieldwork, and out of class experiences.  Faculty commitment to transformative learning is demonstrated through the thoughtful development and sequencing of these learning opportunities. 

Sequence of Courses

Entry-Level Master's

Freshman Entry with continuation to Master's

The Occupational Therapy Program is fully accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association, located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD, 20824-1220. The phone number for ACOTE is 1-800-729-2682.


John Rowe
Director of Graduate Admissions

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