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Entry-Level Master's Degree: Courses

The Master's Degree program prepares students for entry-level positions in occupational therapy. Completion of this degree will prepare you to enter the field as a generalist. This is a full time program. The entry-level masters program (ELM) consists of four semesters of coursework as well as six months of unpaid Level II fieldwork placements. The ELM program consists of a minimum of 16 course credits. Students have the option to take up to 18 credits under the primary tuition paid. Students have the option of completing the degree with or without a thesis.


Non-Thesis
If desired, non-thesis students may take up to two credits worth of elective courses in the department in addition to the sixteen required courses. Students often opt to take practice courses in the area/areas of anticipated interest (16 total course credits required). A list of required courses follows:

OTS 101 Human Physiology (1.0 credit)
OTS 102 Gross Anatomy (1.0 credit)
OTS 103 Neuroanatomy (1.0 credit)
OTS 104 Kinesiology (1.0 credit)
OTS 106 Occupation and Adaptation in the Child and Adolescent (1.0 credit)
OTS 107 Occupation and Adaptation in the Adult Years (1.0 credit)
OTS 205 Clinical Reasoning Seminar I: Observation Issues (0.5 credit)
OTS 206 Clinical Reasoning Seminar II: Interactive Issues (0.5 credit)
OTS 207 Clinical Reasoning Seminar III: Procedural Seminar (0.5 credit)
OTS 209 or OTS 210 Clinical Research or Thesis Research (1.0 credit)
OTS 219 Group Theory and Community Based Practice (1.0 credit)
OTS 224 Occupational Therapy Practice in Physical Dysfunction (1.0 credit)
OTS 226 Occupational Therapy Practice with Pediatric Population (1.0 credit)
OTS 227 Occupational Therapy Practice in Psychosocial Dysfunction (1.0 credit)
OTS 229 Occupational Therapy Practice with Older Adults (1.0 credit)
OTS 232 Health and Community Systems (0.5 credit)
OTS 233 Occupational Therapy Management and Administration (0.5 credit)
OTS 237 Level II Fieldwork Experience (no credit)
OTS 238 Level II Fieldwork Experience (no credit)
OTS 242 Health Conditions: Pathology and Prevention I (0.5 credit)
OTS 243 Health Conditions: Pathology and Prevention II (0.5 credit)
OTS 244 Health Conditions: Pathology and Prevention III (0.5 credit)


Thesis
For students opting to do a thesis, two additional course credits are used towards thesis completion. Thesis students are mentored under faculty members and thesis research should align with faculty research within the department (18 total course credits required). A list of required courses follows:

OTS 101 Human Physiology (1.0 credit)
OTS 102 Gross Anatomy (1.0 credit)
OTS 103 Neuroanatomy (1.0 credit)
OTS 104 Kinesiology (1.0 credit)
OTS 106 Occupation and Adaptation in the Child and Adolescent (1.0 credit)
OTS 107 Occupation and Adaptation in the Adult Years (1.0 credit)
OTS 205 Clinical Reasoning Seminar I: Observation Issues (0.5 credit)
OTS 206 Clinical Reasoning Seminar II: Interactive Issues (0.5 credit)
OTS 207 Clinical Reasoning Seminar III: Procedural Seminar (0.5 credit)
OTS 210 Thesis Research (1.0 credit)
OTS 219 Group Theory and Community Based Practice (1.0 credit)
OTS 224 Occupational Therapy Practice in Physical Dysfunction (1.0 credit)
OTS 226 Occupational Therapy Practice with Pediatric Population (1.0 credit)
OTS 227 Occupational Therapy Practice in Psychosocial Dysfunction (1.0 credit)
OTS 229 Occupational Therapy Practice with Older Adults (1.0 credit)
OTS 232 Health and Community Systems (0.5 credit)
OTS 233 Occupational Therapy Management and Administration (0.5 credit)
OTS 237 Level II Fieldwork Experience (no credit)
OTS 238 Level II Fieldwork Experience (no credit)
OTS 242 Health Conditions: Pathology and Prevention I (0.5 credit)
OTS 243 Health Conditions: Pathology and Prevention II (0.5 credit)
OTS 244 Health Conditions: Pathology and Prevention III (0.5 credit)
OTS 295 & OTS 296 Thesis: Two credits of thesis supervision leading to completion of thesis

Eligibility: A Bachelor's degree in a field other than occupational therapy. Candidates enter the program at the professional level and proceed to eventual certification as registered occupational therapists.

Prerequisites: (Total of six courses.) All Prerequisites must be passed with a grade of B- or better and taken at an accredited college. Online courses are ONLY accepted for statistics. All other Prerequisites must be taken onsite. We do not accept hybrid courses.

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology or Human Development (will accept a course in the area of Child Development or Life Span Development)
  • One additional social science course (this course can be in the area of psychology, anthropology, sociology)
  • Two courses in biology, including content in cell biology. (Either A&P I and II, or a semester of Anatomy and a semester of Physiology may be substituted for the Biology prerequisite.) One Biology course must have a lab component.
  • One course in introductory statistics.
  • Certificate of Hepatitis B vaccination upon enrollment is required.
Note, the above listed prereqs are the revised prerequisites required for the 2015 admission cycle.
 

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