Worcester State University
Occupational Therapy Department


Post-Baccalaureate Entry

Worcester State University offers a fully-accredited Master of Occupational Therapy Program for persons who have earned a bachelor's degree in a field other than occupational therapy. The three year program provides a quality, professional course of study that encompasses the skills, abilities, and behaviors necessary to practice as a generalist in occupational therapy.  Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Certification Examination that is required to practice as an occupational therapist.  

Applications to this program are accepted until March 1st of each year.  Accepted students must be able to begin the program during the first summer session which typically begins around May 15th of each year.   

Prerequisites for Entry


Earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0

GRE Scores at the 50th percentile for each of these sections- Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing

Grades of B- or better in the following courses taken within six years of application (Students with completed  prerequisites will be given preferential consideration.  Students who apply while taking prerequisite courses must complete the course(s) prior to the summer start date. No prerequisites can be taken during the Program.  


 Introduction to Psychology

 Developmental Psychology

 Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Urban Studies (6 credits combined)

 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, with labs (8 credits)

 A Biology-based Neuroscience with lab (4 credits)



Program of Study


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

 OT 317 Research I 3 credits

 (PS 322 Psychology of Aging 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

 (PS 322 Psychology of Aging 3 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 Occup. Perf. & Context for Children/Adolescents 2 credits

 OT 427 Therapeutic Approaches for Children/Adolescents 3 credits

 OT 423 Therapeutic Appr. Lab for Children/Adolescents 2 credits

 OT 424 Assistive Technology II 3 credits

 OT 426 Organizational & Professional Issues I 3 credits

 OT 928 Thesis Seminar I 3 credits


3rd Year Summer Semester

 OT 903 Clinical Reasoning I 3 credits

 OT 908 Community Health and Practicum 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 or 921 Level II Fieldwork II 3 credits

 OT 920 or 921 Level II Fieldwork II 3 credits


Total of 33 graduate credits


900 level courses are graduate courses


Related Links :
  American Occupational Therapy Association
  Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy
  HIPAA Training and Exams
  OT Picture Gallery

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