| ACADEMICS | Graduate School | Graduate Programs | 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 200Bethesda, MD 20814-3449301-652-AOTAwww.acoteonline.org This program is recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
1st Year Summer I
1st Year Summer II
1st Year Fall Semester
1st Year Spring Semester
2nd Year Fall Semester
2nd Year Spring Semester
3rd Year Summer Semester
3rd Year Fall Semester
3rd Year Spring Semester
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
Number of Graduates
Taking NBCOT Exam
Number of First-Time Test-Takers who Passed the Exam
*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.
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.
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
Our department is hosting a Master’s in Occupational Therapy information session for prospective post-baccalaureate applicants on March 31 from 10:30 to 11:30 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.