• 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 two 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, and OT Practice Magazine. 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 Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’S telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA,and its web address is

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

    Catalog Details

  • 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
    • 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
    • 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.

    In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants must have:

    • A baccalaureate 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 the 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
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II, with labs (8 credits)
      • Statistics
      • Neuroscience with lab (4 credits) - biology-based course, not psychology-based
    Estimated Cost of Attendance

    PDF icon Estimated Cost of Attendance - Post-Baccalaureate

    Program of Study - Post-Baccalaureates

    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)
    Program of Study - Traditional Students

    Graduate Summer Semester

    • OT 908 Community Health (3 credits)
    • OT 928 Thesis Seminar I (3 credits)
    • OT 933 Assessment and Evaluation across the Lifespan (3 credits)

    Graduate Fall Semester

    • OT 903 Clinical Reasoning I (3 credits)
    • OT 929 Thesis Seminar II (3 credits)
    • OT 931 Organizational & Professional Issues II (3 credits)

    Graduate Spring Semester

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

    Graduate Summer/Fall Semester

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

    Outcomes for the OT Program:

    This data is slightly different than the data posted on NBCOT’s site. This chart represents the graduation rate and the number of first-time test takers who passed the certification exam. The information on NBCOT’s site shows the percentage of students who passed the certification exam within one year of graduation. As evidenced by NBCOT’s data, all graduates from Worcester State University are successful in passing the certification exam.

    Date of GraduationNo. of Students Entering / Graduating As a Cohort*Graduation RateNo. of Graduates Taking NBCOT ExamNo. of First-Time Test-Takers who Passed the ExamPass Rate
    December 201618/1583%**151173%
    May 20178/10100+%**10880%
    December 201718/1794%***171588%
    May 20187/9100+%***99100%
    December 201816/16100%161488%
    May 20198/8100%88100%
    December 201916/16100%161488%
    May 202010/0****-00-
    August 20200/3 (from May 2020)-3  
    December 2020     

    * 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 one student was delayed in the academic portion. Two are accounted for in the May 2017 cohort and one student joined the May 2018 cohort.

    ***One student was delayed due to academic reasons in December 2017 and joined the May 2018 cohort.

    ****Due to COVVID-19, students delayed.

    Performance data for all accredited OT programs on the NBCOT examination 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.

    Fieldwork Education Resources


    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 two, 12-week Level II fieldwork placements, one fieldwork in physical disability (OT 920) and one 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 Sessions for MOT Program

    Our department will be hosting “virtual” Information Sessions for prospective Master’s in Occupational Therapy post-baccalaureate applicants on the following dates:

    2020 “Virtual” Zoom Info Session Dates

    • Saturday, October 17, 9 am - 10 am
    • Saturday, November 14, 9 am - 10 am
    • Saturday, December 5, 9 am - 10 am

    Please RSVP 24 hours in advance to the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Tanya Trudell,, who will provide you with a Zoom invitation.


    Tanya Trudell, MOT, OTR/L, C/NDT Instructor
    Graduate Program Coordinator
    Ghosh Science & Technology Center
    Office ST-210D
    Fax: 508-929-8178