ACADEMICS

  • Master of Occupational Therapy

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Joanne Gallagher Worthley
    Phone: 508- 929-8783
    Email: Joanne.Gallagher@worcester.edu

    Program Description
    The Occupational Therapy Department offers a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Inquiries regarding accreditation may be made to: 

    Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (ACOTA)
    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
    Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
    Phone: 301-652-AOTA
    www.acoteonline.org
     
    This program is recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

    Students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than occupational therapy can complete the program of study in 3 years.

    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.

    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. 

    Program Requirements
    • 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 the 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.
    Prerequisites for Entry
    Completed applications are due by March 1. Preference is given to completed applications (i.e. all prerequisites have been completed). Applicants currently enrolled in prerequisites during the spring may be granted conditional status.

    Applicants must have:
    • A baccalaureate from degree from an accredited institution in a related field with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
    • Scores on the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections of the GRE (around 50th percentile).
    • Grades of B- or better taken in courses taken within 6 years of application in the following courses: (Please note, prerequisite course syllabi may be requested for review by the program coordinator.)
      • Introduction to Psychology
      • Developmental Psychology
      • Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, or Urban Studies (6 credits combined)
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, with labs (8 credits)
      • Statistics
      • Neuroscience with lab (4 credits)         

    1st Year Summer I

    • OT 101 Intro to Occupational Studies of Wellness/Disability (3 credits)
    • BI 271 Kinesiology (3 credits)
    • OT 211 Kinesiology Lab (1 credit)

    1st Year Summer II

    • OT 102 Occupational Studies of Wellness/Disability Groups (3 credits)
    • OT 203 Occupational Therapy Theories (3 credits)

    1st Year Fall Semester

    • OT 301 Psychosocial Wellness/Disability (2 credits)
    • OT 302 Psychosocial Therapeutic Approaches (3 credits)
    • OT 304 Psychosocial Therapeutic Approaches Lab (2 credits)
    • PS 322 Psychology of Aging (3 credits)
    • OT 317 Research I (3 credits)

    1st Year Spring Semester

    • OT 312 Physiological Wellness/Disability (2 credits)
    • OT 313 Physiological Therapeutic Approaches (3 credits)
    • OT 318 Physiological Therapeutic Approaches Lab (2 credits)

    2nd Year Fall Semester

    • OT 401 Occupational Performance & Context for Elders (2 credits)
    • OT 402 Therapeutic Approaches for Elders (3 credits)
    • OT 403 Therapeutic Approaches Lab for Elders (2 credits)
    • OT 404 Assistive Technology I (3 credits)
    • OT 407 Research II (3 credits)

    2nd Year Spring Semester

    • OT 421 Occupational Performance & Context for Children/Adolescents (2 credits)
    • OT 423 Therapeutic Approaches Lab for Children/Adolescents (2 credits)
    • OT 424 Assistive Technology II (3 credits)
    • OT 426 Organizational & Professional Issues (3 credits)
    • OT 427 Therapeutic Approaches for Children/Adolescents (3 credits)
    • OT 928 Thesis Seminar I (3 credits)

    3rd Year Summer Semester

    • OT 903 Clinical Reasoning I (3 credits)
    • OT 908 Community Health (3 credits)
    • OT 929 Thesis Seminar II (3 credits)
    • OT 933 Assessment and Evaluation Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

    3rd Year Fall Semester

    • OT 905 Clinical Reasoning II (3 credits)
    • OT 906 Global Health Issues (3 credits)
    • OT 930 Thesis Seminar III (3 credits)
    • OT 931 Organizational & Professional Issues II (3 credits)

    3rd Year Spring Semester

    • OT 920 Physical Disabilities Fieldwork II (3 credits)
    • OT 921 Psychosocial Fieldwork II (3 credits)