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.

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

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The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, consisting of both classroom instruction and fieldwork, may be completed in approximately 24 months. The program is designed to prepare students, upon completion of degree requirements, to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for the practice of occupational therapy. After passing the NBCOT exam, students may apply for licensure in the state in which they intend to practice. 

Mission and Vision
The Mission of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is to prepare occupational therapy students to think and act critically, missionally and globally in Christian service and leadership throughout their respective communities. 

We believe in teaching students to recognize that occupation in its broadest sense is a great gift from God and therefore requires great responsibility. This responsibility is taught through our core values of faith, service, authenticity, innovation and competency.

Virtual Meeting with our OT Director

You are invited to join us for one of our Virtual Visits with our Occupational Therapy Program Director, Dr. Catherine Candler. During these live meetings, you'll learn more about our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and our Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs. Dr. Candler will cover the same material at each event so pick the date that works best for you and register today: 

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

    A cohort of 45 students is accepted annually from a pool of applications submitted by recent graduates of accredited undergraduate programs for fall admission. All application materials must be filed through the Occupational Therapy Central Application Service (OTCAS). These positions will be determined based on the level of qualification of each student. The admission requirements are:

    • A completed application for admission with a nonrefundable ACU Graduate application fee.
    • An official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent. Admission decisions are made based on the assumption that applicants will have a bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation. If not the graduate school admission is void.
    • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
    • Two letters of recommendation. Recommendation forms are available through the OTCAS system. One letter should be provided from an occupational therapist and the other by a professional who has observed the applicant’s work. This includes individuals who have (a) observed the applicant during any healthcare-related volunteer or paid work, (b) previous or present instructors and/or advisors, (c) previous or present employers, or (d) health care professionals.
    • Applicants must demonstrate familiarity with the occupational therapy profession by documenting a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer/observation activity in a professional occupational therapy setting, 80-100 hours is preferable. Applicants are encouraged to complete observation hours in more than one clinical setting. Procedures for documentation are outlined in the OTCAS system. Due to the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic the ACU-MSOT program waives the observation/volunteer hour criteria as a requirement for application for Fall 2021 entry.  Please note however, that familiarity with the profession remains a selection consideration.  
    • Applicants must complete a Personal Statement as prompted by the OTCAS system and a supplemental question as part of the application process. The supplemental question includes spiritual and/or life experiences that influenced the applicant’s decision to apply to occupational therapy school, and clinical experience or observation that evoked passion about occupational therapy.
    • At the time of application, applicants must demonstrate the ability to complete all required prerequisite coursework prior to enrollment in the first semester of the program. Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (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 and successfully completed with a grade no lower than a C. Credit/no Credit designations are not accepted for prerequisite courses. Medical Terminology may be taken as a certificate or continuing education course. All prerequisite coursework must be completed within 7 years prior to enrollment. A maximum of 6 credit hours of prerequisites can be pending at the time of application with the exception of Anatomy & Physiology I and II which must be completed at the time of application. Required prerequisite coursework includes:
      • 6 Credit Hour Minimum Anatomy & Physiology I & II
      • 3 Credit Hour Minimum Statistics
      • 3 Credit Hour Minimum Abnormal Psychology
      • 3 Credit Hour Minimum Life Span Development (or Developmental Psychology)
      • Verification of Completion Medical Terminology
    • The MSOT utilizes the online learning management system Canvas and online applications are used during class times for testing and learning activities. Students admitted into the program must have access to a laptop computer with internet and Word, Excel & PowerPoint capabilities throughout the entirety of the program.
    • In addition, verification of required immunizations must be submitted prior to matriculation into the professional curriculum. Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training is required prior to fieldwork placement and will be provided during the program for a separate fee.
  • 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

2021/2022 tuition per credit hour: $1091

Program length: 24 months

Credit hours: 69

Example Coursework

Musculoskeletal Anatomy


Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions

Implementing OT Treatment


Occupational Therapy

Application Deadlines

Fall: December 14