Master of Occupational Therapy
Program Coordinator: Dr. Cheryl Lucas
The Occupational Therapy Department offers a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. Students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than occupational therapy can complete the program of study in three years. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Inquiries regarding accreditation may be made to: The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Upon successful completion of Level II Fieldwork (OT-920 and OT-921), graduates will be eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the examination, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Massachusetts and most other states require a license to practice occupational therapy. Eligibility for licensure is contingent on earning a passing score on the NBCOT examination. The Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Worcester State University is recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (www.wfot.org).
Prerequisites for Entry
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
- Official scores on the verbal, quantitative and writing sections of the GREs (around 50th percentile).
- Grades of B– or better taken within six years of application in the following courses. Please note, prerequisite course syllabi may be requested for review by the coordinator.
- Introduction to Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, with labs (8 credits)
- Neuroscience with lab (4 credits)
Requirements of the Program
- All OT undergraduate major courses must be completed with a C or better.
- All graduate courses must be completed with a B- or better and students must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.0.
- Courses must be taken in prescribed sequence or with Department Chair’s approval.
- All coursework must be completed prior to beginning Level II Fieldwork.
- The second Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 12 months of the academic preparation.
- Any individual who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, involving an act likely to affect professional practice, should meet with the Department Chair prior to applying to the Program. Prior incidents may affect eligibility for fieldwork, certification, and employment. A CORI check may be conducted prior to Level I and Level II Fieldwork.
|OT-101||Introduction of Occupational Studies of Wellnes/Disability||3|
|OT-102||Occupational Studies of Wellness/ Disability Groups||3|
|OT-203||Occupational Therapy Theories||3|
|OT-302||Psychosocial Therapeutic Approaches||3|
|OT-304||Psychosocial Therapeutic Approaches Lab||2|
|PS-322||Psychology of Aging||3|
|OT-313||Physiological Therapeutic Approaches||3|
|OT-318||Physiological Therapeutic Approaches Lab||2|
|OT-401||Occupational Performance and Context for Elders||2|
|OT-402||Therapeutic Approaches for Elders||3|
|OT-403||Therapeutic Apporaches Lab for Elders||2|
|OT-404||Assistive Technology I||3|
|OT-421||Occupational Performance and Context for Children/Adolescents||2|
|OT-423||Therapeutic Approaches Lab for Children/Adolescents||2|
|OT-424||Assistive Technology II||3|
|OT-426||Organizational and Professional Issues I||3|
|OT-427||Therapeutic Approaches for Children/Adolescents||3|
|OT-928||Thesis Seminar I||3|
|OT-903||Clinical Reasoning I||3|
|OT-929||Thesis Seminar II||3|
|OT-933||Assessment and Evaluation Across the Lifespan||3|
|OT-905||Clinical Reasoning II||3|
|OT-906||Global Health Issues||3|
|OT-930||Thesis Seminar III||3|
|OT-931||Organizational and Professional Issues II||3|
|OT-920||Physical Disabilities Fieldwork II||3|
|OT-921||Psychosocial Fieldwork II||3|
Graduate Occupational Therapy Courses
OT-903 Clinical Reasoning I
Seminar to apply clinical reasoning skills to case studies integrating all aspects that influence therapeutic decision- making, including occupational performance areas, components, and contexts.
OT-905 Clinical Reasoning II
Continuing seminar to apply clinical reasoning skills to case studies integrating all aspects that influence therapeutic decision-making, including occupational performance areas, components, and contexts.
Fall and Spring. 3 Credits
OT-906 Global Health Issues
Understanding health issues from a global perspective of the economic, political, social and cultural forces which impact on health and health services.
OT-908 Community Health
Community as a context for human functioning and occupational therapy intervention. Includes community placement.
OT-920 Physical Disabilities Fieldwork II
Twelve weeks of full-time (or equivalent part-time) fieldwork in approved physical disabilities setting with supervision that meets ACOTE Standards.
OT-921 Psychosocial Fieldwork II
Twelve weeks of full-time (or equivalent part-time) fieldwork in approved setting with supervision that meets ACOTE Standards.
OT-928 Thesis Seminar I
Seminar focusing of the development of thesis proposals.
Fall and Spring and every year. 3 Credits
OT-929 Thesis Seminar II
Seminar focusing on the collection and analysis of data.
OT-930 Thesis Seminar III
Seminar focusing on writing and disseminating a research report.
OT-931 Organizational and Professional Issues II
An advanced seminar exploring issues relevant to the changing roses and responsibilities of practitioners and to the rapidly evolving practice contexts.
OT-932 Specialty Fieldwork II
Twelve weeks of full-time (or equivalent part-time) fieldwork in an approved specialty setting with supervision that meets ACOTE standards.
OT-933 Assessment and Evaluation Across the Lifespan
This course provides an overview of the occupational therapy and evaluation process. Selection, interpretation and documentation of assessments will be examined.