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  • Master of Occupational Therapy

    The Master of Occupational Therapy program at Worcester State University provides you with the theoretical and practical knowledge to become a competent, compassionate practitioner who helps people of all ages build or regain the skills needed to live full and productive lives. Our full-time day program is an exceptional value: You’ll graduate with a sought-after master’s degree in occupational therapy in just 3 years.

    An integral component of our curriculum, Level II Fieldwork provides you with valuable, real-world experience—and helps you establish important professional connections that may lead to permanent jobs. During your 2 full-time, 12-week sessions, you’ll work alongside licensed, registered occupational therapists, helping individuals who have psychosocial and physical disabilities in such settings as hospitals, mental health facilities, and outpatient clinics. You can even complete an optional third session in a specialty area.

    In addition, you will have the opportunity to conduct hands-on research in an area that interests you, culminating in a thesis paper. In recent years, our students’ research has been published in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Special Interest Sections Quarterly Newsletters. Graduates of WSU’s MOT program are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination, for which we boast a consistently high pass rate. They go on to rewarding careers as occupational therapists, registered (OTRs) in such settings as acute-care hospitals, public schools, and skilled nursing facilities.

    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 (AOTA)
    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
    Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
    301-652-AOTA
    www.acoteonline.org

    This program is recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

  • Admission Deadlines
    • If you are applying for post-baccalaureate admission, your completed application is due by March 1.
    • If you are a current WSU occupational studies major and applying for conditional entry to the MOT program the summer before your senior year, your completed application is due by July 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.
    Outcome Data

    Performance data for all accredited OT programs can be found on the NBCOT examination site.
     
    Outcomes for the OT Program:

     

     

    Date of Graduation

     

     

    *Number of Students Entering/Graduating

     

     

    Graduation

    Rate

     

    Number of Graduates

    Taking NBCOT Exam

     

    Number of First-Time Test-Takers who Passed the Exam

     

     

    Pass Rate

    May 2012

    16/16

    100%

    16

    16

    100%

    December 2012

    13/13

    100%

    13

    13

    100%

    May 2013

    11/11

    100%

    11

    10

    91%

    December 2013

    13/13

    100%

    13

    13

    100%

    May 2014

    8/8

    100%

    8

    8

    100%

    December 2014

    14/14

    100%

    14

    14

    100%

    May 2015

    12/12

    100%

    12

    12

    100%

    December 2015

    14/14

    100%

    14

    14

    100%
    May 2016     15/15100%1313100%
    December 201617/1588%**TBATBATBA
    TOTAL
    133/131
    98%114
    114
    99%

    *Denotes the number of students entering the 900-level courses (graduate courses).
    ** Two students in this cohort (Dec 2016) delayed graduation due to FW (one delayed, one completed an optional third FW) and will be accounted for in the May 2017 cohort.

    Performance data for all accredited OT programs can be found on the NBCOT site

    Level I Fieldwork

    The purpose of Level I Fieldwork is to provide the student with an opportunity to develop professional behaviors and basic understanding of a particular client population. Level I Fieldwork is completed concurrently and designed to complement the following courses:

    OT 304 Psychosocial Therapeutic Approaches Lab (Evaluation-Psychosocial)
    OT 318 Physiological Therapeutic Approaches Lab (Evaluation-Physical Disabilities)
    OT 403 Therapeutic Approaches Lab for Elders (Evaluation-Geriatrics)
    OT 423 Therapeutic Approaches Lab Children/Adolescents (Evaluation-Pediatrics)

    Fieldwork Education Resources

    AOTA 
    ACOTE 
    NBCOT 
    NEOTEC

    HIPAA training and certification for our students is provided by HIPAA EXAMS, Inc.  

    Level II Fieldwork

    The goal of Level II fieldwork is to offer an in-depth practical experience that will enable the student to become a competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapist. In addition to those experiences designed to complement specific program courses (Level I fieldwork), the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE, 2011) requires a minimum of 24 weeks' full-time Level II fieldwork.

    WSU requires that students complete 2 12-week Level II fieldwork placements, 1 fieldwork in physical disability (OT 920) and 1 in psychosocial disability (OT 921). An optional third fieldwork experience (OT 932) can be arranged if a student wants further exposure to a specialty area.

    All students must complete all required fieldwork within 12 months of completion of the academic program. In addition, students must complete all fieldwork requirements before they are eligible to sit for the national certification examination. 

    Level II Fieldwork Manual

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    Info Session for MOT Program

    Our department is hosting a Master’s in Occupational Therapy information session for prospective post-baccalaureate applicants on Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:30 a.m. in Room 209 of the Ghosh Science and Technology Center (weather permitting). Please RSVP to the OT secretary at 508-929-8624 and provide us a telephone number in case of cancellation. If you are not a WSU student, please complete an online form to get a visitor parking pass emailed to you. 

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    Cheryl B. Lucas
    Program Coordinator

    Ghosh Science & Technology Center
    Office ST-210
    508-929-8795
    clucas2@worcester.edu