Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at UMHB is a 2.5 year, full-time on-campus program designed for the student who thrives in an active, engaging learning environment with faculty who are committed to student success. Regular community-based and interprofessional learning activities and involvement in our Cru Community Clinic promote community and collaborative engagement, professional reasoning and a passion for lifelong learning. With 14 maximum credit hours per semester, the UMHB MSOT program encourages occupational balance while preparing students for excellence in high quality, evidence and integrity-based entry-level OT practice.
Occupational therapists (OTs) work with individuals as early as the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and throughout the lifespan who are unable to engage in the things they want and need to do – in other words, their occupations. In the NICU, for example, an OT works with the baby to develop the muscle tone and sensory regulation needed to be able to engage in age-appropriate play in the future. On the other end of the life span, an OT might work with an aging adult who is having difficulty getting in and out of the bathtub by adapting the bathroom and the task to reestablish independence. In the middle, an OT might work with an adult who had a brain injury to regain the motor control and cognition needed to be able to return home to care for her young children. You will find OTs in schools, hospitals, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities, home health, skilled nursing facilities, and specialty settings such as low vision clinics and driver rehabilitation.
Applications for Spring 2023 are open on OTCAS. Apply here!
View the Total Program Costs for a projection of costs from year one through completion of the program.
Master's Degree Level Occupational Therapy Program (Developing Program)
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 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 www.acoteonline.org . The program must complete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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.
Page last updated January 19, 2022