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Occupational Therapy (MS)

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.

The M.S. in occupational therapy, consisting of both classroom instruction and fieldwork, is designed to prepare you to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for the practice of occupational therapy. After passing the NBCOT exam, you may apply for licensure in the state in which you intend to practice.

Ready to be part of a profession that helps people gain more independence? Contact us today to learn more.

Program Overview

Credit hours 69
Degree Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
Program length 30 months
Tracks N/A


You will take courses such as:

  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Neuroscience
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions
  • Implementing OT Treatment
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Admission Requirements

  • GPA – An overall GPA of 3.2 is required to apply. Prerequisite and general science course grades will be reviewed.
  • Experience – 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. Eighty to 100 hours of experience is recommended, preferably in more than one occupational therapy setting. Applicants should have each site where volunteer, observation or work hours are obtained complete the Verification of Observation Hours form.Letters of Recommendation – Two letters of recommendation are required. 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 – The essay should be two to three pages, double-spaced with one inch margins, 12 pt. font, and should describe your interest in occupational therapy. The personal essay 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. Examples such as occupational therapy observation experiences and/or spiritual/life experiences that relate to choosing occupational therapy as a profession should be discussed.
  • 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 - Complete and submit ACU's Occupational Therapy Prerequisite form.Applications for ACU’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy should be submitted through the ACU Graduate School’s online application system at acu.edu/gradapply.  All application materials should be submitted directly to the ACU Graduate School. 

See full ACU graduate admissions requirements here.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.