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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Location: Manchester, Worcester
Start Term: Fall
Application Deadline: March 1

As an occupational therapist, you have the power to help people regain independence in their daily lives. Our program builds on your bachelor’s degree to help you develop the advanced knowledge and skills required for contemporary occupational therapy practice.

In this full-time, two-year program, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts in our advanced simulation laboratories and through a wide range of clinical experiences both on and off campus. You’ll learn how to build or restore patients’ abilities to perform daily tasks and educate them to optimize their independence. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam and begin your rewarding career. 

For admission to the program, an applicant must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum prerequisite 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Three letters or recommendation

Additionally, the following courses must be completed:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies. 

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Childhood Development (3 credits)
  • Adult or Lifespan Development (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Social Sciences Electives (9 credits) (Acceptable courses include additional Psychology or Sociology, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, American Studies, Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies, Government, Economics, History or Political Science)  
  • Kinesiology or Exercise Physiology with lab (3–4 credits) (Recommended but not required)

Prerequisite courses (as indicated above) must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

Students with international coursework must submit a course-by-course evaluation from the World Education Service (WES). Please note that a WES evaluation is not required for applicants for coursework from English-Speaking Canadian universities and colleges.

All credits for the MSOT must be earned in the program. The School of Occupational Therapy does not accept transfer credits or experiential learning credits and does not award advanced placement in the program.


Year I - Fall

OTH 500 Contemporary Theory in OT Practice 3
OTH 505 Clinical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy 3
OTH 510 Practice Engagement: Mental Health 3
OTH 511 Practice Engagement: Therapeutic Groups 3
OTH 520 Scholarship in Practice: Evidence-Based Practice 3

Year I - Spring

OTH 525 Practice Engagement: Environments and Technologies (with Lab) 4
OTH 530 Motor Performance Across the Lifespan (with Lab) 4
OTH 535 Scholarship in Practice: Methodologies 3
OTH 540 Practice Engagement: Assessment Fundamentals Across the Lifespan 3
OTH 565 Apprenticeship: Community Mental Health (Level I) 3

Year I - Summer

OTH 545 Neuroscience Foundations for Practice 3
OTH 550 Practice Engagement: Adult Rehabilitation (with Lab) 4
OTH 555 Scholarship in Practice: Applied Designs and Methods 3
OTH 560 Systems of Practice: Managing the Practice of Occupational Therapy 3
OTH 570 Apprenticeship: Adult Rehabilitation (Level I)

Year II - Fall

OTH 600 Practice Engagement: Children and Adolescents (with Lab) 4
OTH 605 Scholarship in Practice: Academic Careers in Occupational Therapy 3
OTH 610 Practice Engagement: Cognitive and Visual Challenges Across the Lifespan 3
OTH 615 Systems of Practice: Advanced Management Concepts for
Occupational Therapy and Program Planning - Capstone
OTH 630 Apprenticeship: Children and Adolescents (Level I)

Year II - Spring

OTH 620 Preparing for Professional Life I 2
OTH 640 Level II Fieldwork 7

Year II - Summer

OTH 625 Preparing for Professional Life II
OTH 645 Level II Fieldwork 7

Total Credits to Complete Degree Program


Our students learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and are committed to the success of each student. Discover our full list of Occupational Therapy faculty

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and performance of occupational therapy practice that is safe, legal, ethical, effective and compassionate, which includes screening, assessment, occupational therapy diagnosis, plan of care, and assessment of outcomes (practice engagement);
  2. Demonstrate professional behavior and communication skills (professional behavior);
  3. Acquire knowledge of different cultural, gender, socio-economic, ethical and contextual factors that affect occupational therapy practice (community engagement);
  4. Develop the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through writing, listening, and speech (communication);
  5. Demonstrate integration of cognitive and practical learning required to enhance outcomes for clients in a variety of practice settings (scholarship in practice; practice engagement);
  6. Educate others regarding occupational therapy practice, prevention, health and wellness, using relevant and effective teaching methodologies (education);
  7. Manage resources to achieve occupational therapy goals while participating as a full member of the inter-professional team and understanding economic factors that impact the delivery of services (systems of practice);
  8. Demonstrate the capacity to make significant contributions to clients, the profession, and the community within complex health systems (practice engagement; systems of practice);
  9. Provide autonomous care and appropriately address patients’ needs for services with the use of support services and/or outside referral (practice engagement);
  10. Demonstrate commitment to occupational therapy through participation in professional organizations, ongoing learning, and professional development (practice engagement; scholarship in practice; classroom as clinic—clinic as classroom);
  11. Demonstrate commitment to the current and future needs of local and global communities through service (scholarship in practice).

For detailed tuition information, visit Tuition and Fees.

Please review the status of the University's request to expand the program to our Worcester, MA campus on our general Occupational Therapy page. The most up-to-date information is located under the Accreditation tab.


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