• Occupational Studies

    The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies program offers a stimulating and challenging curriculum that blends professional coursework with a traditional liberal arts
    education. 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. For
    further information regarding certification contact:

    800 Frederick Avenue, Suite 200,
    Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20877-4150
    (301) 990-7979

    The 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:
    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
    Bethesda, Maryland, 20814-3449
    (301) 652-2682

  • Program Application Process

    Typical Admissions Process
    Application 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 Year
    Please 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.


    • All undergraduate occupational therapy prerequisite and major courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
    • Courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence unless an exception is granted by the Department Chair.
    • All undergraduate and graduate level coursework must be successfully completed before beginning Level II Fieldwork.
    • The second Level II Fieldwork experience must be completed within 12 months of academic coursework.
    • Eligibility to sit for the national certification examination requires successful completion of six-months of Level II Fieldwork.
    • The Occupational Therapy Department has a student handbook that is updated yearly and contains department-specific policies. Each student is responsible for adhering to the polices. The Department reserves the right to modify policies and curriculum during a student's enrollment. Sufficient notice of any changes will be provided to the students.
    Requirements for the Major

    The following courses are required:
    OT Prerequisite Courses for the BSOS (27-28 credits)

    • BI 161 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
    • BI 162 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
    • BI 271 Kinesiology (3 credits)
    • BI 315 Neuroscience (4 credits)
    • PS 101 General Psychology I (3 credits)
    • PS 210 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
    • PS 322 Psych of Aging (3 credits)
    • MA 150 Statistics I (3 credits) or PS 275 Psychological Statistics (4 credits)

    OT Major Courses for the BSOS (53 credits)

    • OT 101 Introduction to Occupational Studies of Wellness/Disability (3 credits)
    • OT 102 Occupational Studies of Wellness/Disability Groups (3 credits)
    • OT 203 Occupational Therapy Theories (3 credits)
    • OT 211 Kinesiology Lab (1 credit)
    • OT 301 Psychosocial Wellness/Disability (2 credits)
    • OT 302 Psychosocial Therapeutic Approaches (3 credits)
    • OT 304 Psychosocial Therapeutic Approaches Lab (2 credits)
    • OT 312 Physiological Wellness/Disability (2 credits)
    • OT 313 Physiological Therapeutic Approaches (3 credits)
    • OT 317 Research I (3 credits)
    • OT 318 Physiological Therapeutic Approaches Lab (2 credits)
    • 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)
    • 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 and Professional Issues I (3 credits)
    • OT 427 Therapeutic Approaches for Children/Adolescents (3 credits)

    OT Major Courses for the MOT (33 credits)

    • OT 903 Clinical Reasoning I (3 credits) - Fall Semester
    • OT 905 Clinical Reasoning II (3 credits) - Spring Semester
    • OT 906 Global Health Issues (3 credits) - Spring Semester
    • OT 908 Community Health (3 credits) - First Summer Semester
    • OT 928 Thesis Seminar I (3 credits) - First Summer Semester
    • OT 929 Thesis Seminar II (3 credits) - Fall Semester
    • OT 930 Thesis Seminar III (3 credits) - Spring Semester
    • OT 931 Organizational and Professional Issues II (3 credits) - Fall Semester
    • OT 920 Physical Disabilities Fieldwork II (3 credits) - Second Summer or Fall Semester
    • OT 921 Psychosocial Fieldwork II (3 credits) - Second Summer or Fall Semester
    • OT 933 Assessment & Evaluation Across the Lifespan (3 credits) - First Summer Semester


    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


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