There are two occupational therapy (OT) entry-level programs. One is a five-year combined BS/MS program and the other is a three-year MS program.
The BS/MS curriculum begins with a strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum , which provides students with a general knowledge base and the opportunity to develop analytical abilities that are the foundation for excellence as an entry-level professional in OT. Students in the BS/MS program also declare and complete a structured minor.
The MS degree in OT is an entry-level degree specifically created for people who have a B.A. or B.S. degree in another area of study and who meet the admission criteria.
Both the BS/MS and the MS program offer professional development with faculty guidance and support. This guidance is a consistent process for students prior to, during, and after clinical placements. Students complete six months of full-time fieldwork experiences at a variety of settings across the country. In addition to the strong academic and clinical preparation, students are expected to complete a master’s project involving research of a Critically Appraised Topic.
A student-centered approach, in combination with the curriculum’s academic, clinical and research components, provides thorough preparation for graduates to develop leadership and service in a variety of health care, educational and community settings, and to be successful in practice.