Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Make daily life better for others.

Earning a Master of Science in occupational therapy at ACU can lead to a rewarding career. You will help individuals whose ability to cope with the activities of daily living are impaired by physical illness or injury, congenital or developmental disability, or the aging process. In its simplest terms, occupational therapists help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations) in all of their environments – home, work, school, community.

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Fieldwork Experiences


Fieldwork experiences are required by ACOTE as part of the academic education and training process to become an occupational therapist. Fieldwork consists of two phases:

  1. Fieldwork Level 1 is scheduled at the completion of the first semester of occupational therapy school. Level 1 fieldwork can be performed in many different occupational therapy settings, and generally allows the students “real world” experiences under the direction of a licensed occupational therapist. It is a reflection of the semester teachings and may be completed in a variety of settings including traditional settings as well as emerging practice and community based areas.
  2. Level 2 experiences generally consist of two 12-week assignments at various occupational therapy settings under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist. The fieldwork educator must be a practicing occupational therapist with at least one year of clinical experience and follow AOTA guidelines for meeting particular milestones to pass the Level 2 fieldwork experiences.
Information for Fieldwork Educators
2015-2017 Graduation Rates
Year Students Began the MSOT Program August 2015
Number of Students Who Began the MSOT Program 25
Number of Students Who Graduated in 2 Years 25
Graduation Date(s) August 2017
Graduation Rates 100%
Calendar year 2016: ACU graduates NBCOT exam 100% pass rate
2014-2016 Graduation Rates
Year Students Began the MSOT Program August 2014
Number of Students Who Began the MSOT Program 22
Number of Students Who Graduated in 2 Years 21
Graduation Date(s) August 2016
Graduation Rates 95%
Calendar year 2016: ACU graduates NBCOT exam 100% pass rate

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  • Accreditation

    The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

  • Certification and Licensure

    Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

  • Admission Requirements
    • Application and fee - Students will apply for the ACU MSOT program through the Occupational Therapy Central Application Service (OTCAS).  Visit our online Marketplace to pay the $50 application fee.
    • Transcripts and coursework – Applicants must submit official transcripts in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work (official means an original with the seal that comes directly from the issuing institution to OTCAS). The transcript must indicate a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Admission decisions are made on the assumption that applicants will have the bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation, and if not, the graduate school admission is void. 
    • GPA – An overall GPA of 3.0 is required to apply. The last 60 hours of your transcript will be used to calculate your GPA for consideration into the ACU MSOT program.
    • Observation – Applicants are expected to have some knowledge of the occupational therapy profession. This can be acquired as volunteer work, observation hours and/or paid work in a professional occupational therapy setting. A minimum of 40 hours of observation is required prior to the application deadline. Between 80 - 100 hours of experience is recommended, preferably in more than one occupational therapy setting. Applicants will enter observation information directly into their OTCAS portal. For observation hour tracking, please see the OTCAS instructions.
    • Letters of Recommendation – Two letters of recommendation are required and must be collected through OTCAS. At least one letter must be provided from an occupational therapist and the other letter provided by a professional who has observed your work. Letters of recommendation should be completed by individuals who have: (a) observed you during any health care-related volunteer or paid work; (b) previous or present instructors and/or advisors; (c) previous or present employers; and (d) health care professionals. Letters of recommendation should include elements demonstrating the applicants: (a) willingness to learn; (b) integrity; (c) perseverance; and (d) ability to interact with patients/clients.
    • Personal Essay – In addition to the personal essay, applicants must answer one supplemental question asked within the ACU OCTAS application. The supplemental question is an opportunity for the applicant to describe what is meaningful about the profession of occupational therapy that has drawn the applicant to the profession.
    • Immunizations and CPR – Verification of required immunizations must be submitted prior to matriculation into the professional curriculum. CPR is required prior to fieldwork and will be provided in the program for a separate fee.
    • Prerequisite Form – At the time of the application, applicants must demonstrate the ability to complete all required prerequisite coursework prior to enrollment in the first semester of the program. AP and CLEP credit will not be accepted for any prerequisite course. All Occupational Therapy course prerequisites other than Medical Terminology must be taken at an accredited school. Medical Terminology can be taken as a certificate course at a continuing education course or hospital. All prerequisite coursework must be completed within seven years prior to enrollment. A maximum of 9 credit hours of prerequisites can be pending at the time of application, with the exception of A&P I and A&P II. ACU MSOT prerequisite courses include:

      • Anatomy and Physiology I (or Anatomy) 
      • Anatomy and Physiology II (or Physiology) 
      • Statistics 
      • Abnormal Psychology 
      • Medical Terminology 
      • Life Span Development
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Degree Details

Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy (MS)


Required Hours

Tuition per credit hour: $960

Program length: 24 months

Credit hours: 69


Example Coursework

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Neuroscience

Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions

Implementing OT Treatment


Department

Occupational Therapy


Application Deadlines

December 14