Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Location: Manchester
Start Term: Fall

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

Additionally, the following courses must be completed:

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Psychology (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Childhood Development (3 credits)
  • Adult or Lifespan Development (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Social Sciences Electives (6 credits)
  • 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.

Year I - Fall
COURSE TITLE SH
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
TOTAL
15
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
TOTAL
17
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)
4
TOTAL
17
Year II - Fall
OTH 600 Practice Engagement: Children and Adolescents (with Lab) 4
OTH 605 Scholarship in Practice: Capstone 3
OTH 610 Practice Engagement: Cognitive and Visual Challenges Across the Lifespan 3
OTH 615 Systems of Practice: Public Health and Advanced Management 3
OTH 630 Apprenticeship: Children and Adolescents (Level I)
4
TOTAL
17
Year II - Spring
OTH 620 Preparing for Professional Life I 2
OTH 640 Level II Fieldwork 7
TOTAL
9
Year II - Summer
OTH 625 Preparing for Professional Life II
2
OTH 645 Level II Fieldwork 7
TOTAL
9

Total Credits to Complete Degree Program

84

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).
 

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Nick Gilbert OT ’18

Nick Gilbert OT ’18 shares his inspiration for pursuing a future as an occupational therapist.

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