| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | Occupational Studies
The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies program offers a stimulating and challenging curriculum that blends professional coursework with a traditional liberal artseducation. Students begin by learning the philosophy and founding principles of occupational therapy along with acquiring a thorough understanding of biological, psychological, and social aspects of human beings. In upper division coursework, students learn to apply this knowledge and to develop occupational therapy clinical reasoning skills for evaluation of and intervention with persons across the lifespan. Between the junior and senior years, students with good academic standing are eligible to apply for admittance to the Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Acceptance and completion of the undergraduate program in occupational studies does not guarantee admission into the Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Only graduates of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program are eligible to sit for the national examination administered by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.A passing score on this examination allows the graduate to apply for a license to practice that is required by most states within the United States, including Massachusetts. Forfurther information regarding certification contact: NBCOT; 800 Frederick Avenue, Suite 200,Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20877-4150(301) 990-7979www.nbcot.orgThe combined Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies and Master of Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. For further information regarding accreditation contact: ACOTE; 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, Maryland, 20814-3449 (301) 652-2682 www.acoteonline.org
Typical Admissions ProcessApplication to enter the BSOS Program as a first-year student or external transfer student is made through the Admissions Office at the time of application to Worcester State University. Students are encouraged to apply early due to limited enrollment. Current Worcester State University students (internal transfers) who wish to apply for internal transfer into the BSOS Program must submit an application directly to the Occupational Therapy Department by February 1.
Admissions Process Change for 2015-2016 Academic YearPlease note that no internal or transfer applications will be accepted during the 2015-2016 academic year. First-year students are admitted on the basis of SAT scores, high school rank, and coursework relevant to the major. External and internal transfer students are considered for admission based on minimum qualifications (overall grade-point-average of a 2.75 and grades of C or better in all prerequisite courses, Anatomy and Physiology I & II, General Psychology) and space availability.All accepted transfer students are required to complete OT 101 and OT 102 during the summer before progressing onto sophomore level courses in the Fall semester. 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 and/or drug test is typically required prior to Fieldwork Level I and Level II placement.Policies
The following courses are required: OT Prerequisite Courses for the BSOS (27-28 credits)
OT Major Courses for the BSOS (53 credits)
OT Major Courses for the MOT (33 credits)
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
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