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.
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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
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.
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|Tuition per credit hour||$910|
|Degree||Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S.)|
|Program length||24 months|
|Application deadline for Fall 2018||November 1, 2017|
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Fieldwork experiences are required by ACOTE as part of the academic education and training process to become an occupational therapist. Fieldwork consists of two phases:
1. Fieldwork Level 1 is scheduled at the completion of the first semester of occupational therapy school. Level 1 fieldwork can be performed in many different occupational therapy settings, and generally allows the students “real world” experiences under the direction of a licensed occupational therapist. It is a reflection of the semester teachings and may be completed in a variety of settings including traditional settings as well as emerging practice and community based areas.
2. Level 2 experiences generally consist of two 12-week assignments at various occupational therapy settings under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist. The fieldwork educator must be a practicing occupational therapist with at least one year of clinical experience and follow AOTA guidelines for meeting particular milestones to pass the Level 2 fieldwork experiences.Information for Fieldwork Educators
|Year Students Began the MSOT Program||August 2015|
|Number of Students Who Began the MSOT Program||25|
|Number of Students Who Graduated in 2 Years||25|
|Graduation Date(s)||August 2017|
|Calendar year 2016:||ACU graduates NBCOT exam 100% pass rate|
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