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

The current (2017 -2019) Three Year Graduate Rate for the ACU MSOT Program is 98%.

Annual graduation rates over the life of the program are as listed below:

2017-2019 Graduation Rates
Cohort Number Entry Year Number Entered Graduation Year Number Graduated Graduation Rate
1 2014 23 2016 22 95
2 2015 25 2017 25 100
3 2016 25 2018 25 100
4 2017 30 2019 29 97
5 2018 45 2020    
6 2019 45 2021    
7 2020   2022    

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  • 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 $65 supplemental ACU Graduate 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 3.2 is required to apply.
    • 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 healthcare-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.
    • Prerequisites – 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 (or Developmental Psychology)
  • 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.

  • 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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-6611, and its web address is  

Degree Details

Required Hours

Credit hours: 69

2020/2021 tuition per credit hour: $1050

Program length: 24 months

Example Coursework

Musculoskeletal Anatomy


Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions

Implementing OT Treatment


Occupational Therapy

Application Deadlines

Fall: December 14