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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 www.acoteonline.org
This program is recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
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:
Estimated Cost of Attendance - Post-Baccalaureate
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.
* 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.
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.
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 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
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
Please RSVP 24 hours in advance to the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Tanya Trudell, firstname.lastname@example.org, who will provide you with a Zoom invitation.
Tanya Trudell, MOT, OTR/L, C/NDT Instructor
Graduate Program Coordinator
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