Curriculum for Professional Master's Programs

The Professional Master's Programs (MS and MOT) for students with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than OT

All admitted students are initially enrolled in the MOT degree option. In the first fall semester, considerable information about the MOT and MS degree options is provided, including opportunities for mentorship in independent research studies (thesis). Students who want to complete a thesis and entertain possibilities of pursuing future research doctorates or research careers are encouraged to pursue the MS degree option.  Students whose career goals are strongly practice-oriented are encouraged to pursue the MOT degree option.  While students typically select their degree option by the end of the first semester, applicants with strong interests in the MS degree may and, indeed, are encouraged, to contact faculty members during the application process to discuss possible areas of mentored research.

Both the MS and MOT programs of study involve at least 24 months of study across the fall, spring and summer semesters, including Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences. OT 688 Level IIB (the second Level II fieldwork) occurs during the summer or fall after completion of all academic coursework. There is no guarantee of a summer Level IIB fieldwork due to limited availability of placement sites.

Both programs are designed to offer best educational practices in occupational therapy through carefully integrated programs of academic coursework, practice and research. Program highlights consequently include:

In addition, the MS and MOT programs prepare students as entry-level generalist practitioners who can work effectively with a variety of populations across the age spectrum from infancy through old age. Fieldwork options exist in a wide range of current practice settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing, schools, private practice clinics, mental health programs, and community based settings. Students are additionally exposed to emerging practices such as those in the department’s nationally renowned service and practice centers: the Assistive Technology Resource Center and the Center for Community Partnerships. The program also places strong emphasis on helping students develop the skills needed to create and obtain funding for new community-based practices that meet real world occupational needs.

Year 1 - Fall Semester

CourseCrTitleDescription
OT 6013Occupation and Rehabilitation Science IMultidisciplinary perspectives on human performance and participation in everyday occupations.
OT 6103Professional Decision MakingExploration of the thought processes occupational therapists use when determining how best to address clients’ needs.
OT 6203 *Research to Practice I Critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative research processes pertaining to individuals.
OT 686A1 ***Fieldwork I: OT Process 40 hour Level I fieldwork placement, exploring decision-making for clients across the life span.

Year 1 – Spring Semester

CourseCrTitleDescription
OT 6303Occupational Performance: Adult to Old Age IOptimizing performance for adults and older adults with attention to roles, satisfaction, competence and activities.
OT 636 2 Occupational Performance: Adult to Old Age I Lab Optimizing performance for adults and older adults with attention to roles, satisfaction, competence and activities lab.
OT 6603Occupational Performance: Adult to Old Age IIOptimizing occupational performance for adults and older adults with attention to activities and skills.
OT 665 2 Occupational Performance: Adult to Old Age II Lab Optimizing occupational performance for adults and older adults with attention to activities and skills lab. 
OT 686C1 ***Fieldwork I: Adult to Old Age 40 hour Level I fieldwork placement, exploring OT practice with adults and older adults.
OT 6403 *Research to Practice II Critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative research processes pertaining to groups and systems.

Year 1 – Summer

CourseCrTitleDescription
OT 68712 ***Fieldwork IIA 12 week full time Level II fieldwork with adults and/or older adults in medical and/or community settings.

Year 2 – Fall Semester

CourseCrTitleDescription
OT 6113Reflective and Evidence-Based PracticeDevelopment of reflective and evidence-based practice skills through integrating and synthesizing fieldwork experiences in OT practice.
OT 6214Occupational Performance: Infancy-ChildhoodOptimizing occupational performance and participation for infants and children within a contextual framework.
OT 6313Program Assessment and DevelopmentAssessment of program strengths and needs, followed by development of proposals to support occupational performance and participation.
**OT 686D1 ***Fieldwork I: Infancy-Young Adult 40 hour Level I fieldwork placement exploring OT practice for infancy through young adulthood.
**Elective 3   Approved elective (MOT students only)
OT 6993ThesisIndividualized Research (MS students only)

Year 2 – Spring Semester

CourseCrTitleDescription
OT 6413Occupation and Rehabilitation Science IIExplore historical evolution of topics and the link to future implications for and growth of occupation and rehabilitation science.
OT 6613Occupational Performance: Adolescent-Young AdultOptimizing occupational performance and participation for youth and young adults within a contextual framework.
**OT 686D1 ***Fieldwork I: Infancy-Young Adult 40 hour Level I fieldwork placement exploring OT practice for infancy through young adulthood.
**Elective 3   Approved elective (MOT students only)
OT 6993ThesisIndividualized Research (MS students only)

Year 2 – Summer or Fall

CourseCrTitleDescription
OT 68812 ****Fieldwork IIB

Fieldwork II B is a 12 week full time (equivalent) fieldwork experience in settings not previously seen during OT687.

*or 3 credit research course outside the department
**Can be taken either the first or second semester
***Students may be required to commute up to 1 1/2 hours or to relocate to another region for any Level I or II fieldwork due to limited availability of placements within commuting distance.
****OT688 Level IIB fieldwork occurs during the summer or fall. There is no guarantee of a summer Level IIB placement due to limited availability.

No course credit can be given for life experience