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2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

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The occupational therapist is the professional-level practitioner who provides services that include evaluating, developing, improving, sustaining, or restoring skills in ADL, IADL, work, school, play, leisure, and social participation as well as lifestyle redesign. 

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Program is designed for students who have a baccalaureate degree and are ready to apply for the entry-level graduate program in occupational therapy. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program does not have a preference as to the major for the bachelor’s degree as long as the nine required prerequisites courses or their equivalent (check with the OT program for equivalents) are completed. The best undergraduate major is one in an area in which the student would enjoy working after obtaining the undergraduate degree and should be selected based on the student’s interests. The MSOT Program is two years long, including summers. The structure of the program is designed so that the academic and fieldwork portions of the curriculum are designed as full-time experiences. 

At the University of Southern Indiana, the Occupational Therapy Program promotes academic and professional excellence by preparing students, distinguished for their strong clinical skills and high levels of professionalism, to become credentialed occupational therapy practitioners at the entry level. 

At the time of graduation, the student will have acquired an education in liberal arts and sciences and have been exposed to a variety of service models and systems commonly used in current occupational service delivery. 

The student will understand the importance of diversity in occupational therapy practice and be able to articulate adherence to ethical standards, values, and attitudes of occupational therapy practice. 

Finally, the student will value the role of lifelong learning and remaining current in practice. 

All of these goals are achieved as faculty demonstrate leadership in occupational therapy education, practices, scholarship, and service by sharing their expertise through innovative teaching strategies, presentations, publications, creative works, service provision, collaboration, consultation, and political action to enrich the occupational therapy profession.

The Occupational Therapy 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 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, most 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.

Program Objectives

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.

Admission Requirements

The prospective student must be accepted for graduate admission to USI before completing a separate selection process to this program. For the most current information related to the selection pro­cess, call the program at 812/465-1179, email, or visit the web site Student applicants must show capability of fulfilling clinical practice requirements, eligibility for occupational therapy prac­titioner credentialing, and evidence of satisfactory health sta­tus. Note: A felony conviction (this includes documentation of driving under the influence—DUI) may negatively impact a prospective student’s eligibility to sit for the NBCOT certifica­tion examination or attain state practice credentials; contact the program for further information. 

 MSOT applications will be available January 15-February 15 of year planning to be admitted to the fall class (students may apply during the last spring semester of their undergraduate degree). 

Weighting consists of 60% MSOT prerequisite GPA, 40% undergraduate degree GPA, and appraisal of recommendation letters. An interview may be required.

To apply students must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in MSOT prerequisite requirements and undergraduate coursework.
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree by the end of USI’s spring semester.
  • Complete the required prerequisite courses or their equivalent (check with the OT program for equivalents) with a grade of C or better by the end of USI’s spring semester:
    • BIOL 121: Anatomy and Physiology 1
    • BIOL 122: Anatomy and Physiology 2
    • PSY 201: Introduction to Psychology
    • PSY 261: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
    • PSY 322: Abnormal Psychology
    • HP 115: Medical Terminology
    • HP 225: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
    • EXSC 383: Kinesiology
    • HP 302: Biostatistics
  • Complete USI’s Application for Admission to Graduate Studies and be accepted to USI’s Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Have official transcripts from all undergraduate/graduate institutions attended sent to the Office of Graduate Studies by February 15.
  • Submit to the Office of Graduate Studies a $40 non-refundable graduate application fee made payable to USI.
  • Complete the USI OT Program Application. (Available January 15-February 15)
  • Have two letters of recommendations, one professional letter from a previous employer or from a practicing occupational therapist and one academic letter from a professor or advisor in the applicant’s undergraduate degree, sent to

Occupational Therapy Program
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712

  • Complete, based on your previous coursework, the USI OTP Prerequisite Audit Form.

* OT applications will not be accepted unless students have been accepted to USI’s Office of Graduate Studies.

* Students are responsible for the coursework covered in the required MSOT Prerequisite courses. It is highly recommended that students keep their textbook from these classes for future references.


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 that may be located across the United States.

Second Year-Spring Semester (8 hours)

Second Year-Summer Session (6 hours)

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