The purpose of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) curriculum is to prepare graduates for employment in shifting practice arenas of healthcare, education, industry, and community. This graduate program prepares students for advanced practice and is designed to meet such needs.
Entry is intended for individuals who wish to become occupational therapists. USI students must complete the Bachelor of Science degree (occupational therapy major) followed by the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree in a curriculum design known in the occupational therapy profession as a combined BS/MS curriculum. USI students must complete the requirements of both degrees to be eligible to take the Occupational Therapist Registered® Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). For specifics about the combined BS/MS curriculum in occupational therapy, see the Occupational Therapy Major, B.S./M.S.O.T (undergraduate) component of the College of Nursing and Health Professions section in this bulletin.
To be considered for admission to the graduate level courses of the MSOT program, the applicant must:
- complete the undergraduate BS degree with emphasis in occupational therapy;
- have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in previous academic work;
- meet all MSOT prerequisite requirements;
- submit to the Office of Graduate Studies a completed USI Graduate Application Form; and
- submit to the Office of Graduate Studies a $25 non-refundable graduate application fee made payable to USI.
The MSOT curriculum prepares students for practice as a generalist in the occupational therapy profession. Didactic and clinical education are integrated into the curriculum. Students participate in various courses including 24 weeks of full-time level II field work in which they are supervised by a currently licensed or credentialed occupational therapist. Additionally, students perform a 120-hour specialized role internship in their particular area of interest as an educator, researcher, administrator, consultant, or clinician.