Program Requirements


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

The students must complete all graduation and fieldwork requirements in a timely manner.  All Level II fieldwork must be completed within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Degree requirements

Academic Advisor. After admission to the graduate program, the student will be assigned an academic advisor who will supervise the student's graduate program and chair the candidate's graduate committee.

Core Courses (76 hours)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

OTE 610

Foundations and Theory in Occupational Therapy

4 hrs

OTE 612

Occupational Development Through the Lifespan

3 hrs

OTE 615

Clinical Reasoning and Documentation

2 hrs

OTE 620

Psychosocial Perspectives in Occupational Therapy Practice

3 hrs

OTE 640

Evidence-Based Practice

2 hrs

OTE 645

Clinical Gross Anatomy

5 hrs

OTE 646


4 hrs

OTE 650

Introduction to Biomedical Biomechanics

3 hrs

OTE 680

Fieldwork Level I - Part 1

1 hr

OTE 690

Fieldwork Level I - Part 2

2 (1 hr each)

OTE 720

Conditions I:  Cognitive Dysfunction

3 hrs

OTE 725

Environmental Adaptations and Assistive Technology

2 hrs

OTE 730

Conditions II:  Physical Dysfunction

4 hrs

OTE 732

Applied Research Methods in Healthcare

2 hrs

OTE 745

Therapeutic Skills I:  Practice with Adult and Older Adult

4 hrs

OTE 746

Management and Policy in Occupational Therapy Practice

3 hrs 

OTE 750

Therapeutic Skills II:  Practice with Children and Adolescents

4 hrs

OTE 760

Specialty Topics

5 (1 hr each)

OTE 765

Community and Health Practice in Occupational Therapy

2 hrs

OTE 770

 Professional Capstone: Issues, Diversity and Ethics

 3 hrs

OTE 780

Fieldwork Level II-Part 1

6 hrs

OTE 790

Fieldwork Level II- Part 2

6 hrs

OTE 798

Research Project

3 (1 hr each)

Elective Courses. Students are not required to complete any elective courses but are welcome to work directly with their advisor and committee to determine if elective courses should be completed to strengthen their plan of study.

Comprehensive Examination.  Students must pass a comprehensive exam which is implemented in the curriculum as computer-based competency testing.