Occupations are the essence of productive living. Occupational therapists focus on the occupations used by people to live full, independent, quality lives. Occupations or activities of daily living include work or education, self-care, play/leisure and the effect that rest has on these activities. The goal of this profession is to maximize a person's ability to perform culturally appropriate daily occupations, which is an important value in today's health care system. Occupational therapists help persons promote an individualized, self-determined balance of occupations throughout the life-span. Occupational competence is developed by treating the "whole person" including physical, psychological, emotional, social and cultural competencies, as influenced by the occupational environment.

Occupational therapy service delivery contexts are exceedingly diverse. They include but are not limited to acute care, industrial rehabilitation, physical rehabilitation, mental health, long term care, home health, case management, consultation, school systems, early intervention, community services, education, disease prevention and health promotion. Important related concepts such as quality of life, productive function, independent living, full access, social-political integration, multiculturalism, spirituality, and balanced lifestyles are central to practice. As a result, graduates of this program are able to anticipate new practice opportunities, advocate for social justice, participate in research, use critical thinking, cooperate effectively with a variety of groups, and serve as professional leaders and community partners. These competencies are the essence of occupational therapy service delivery and underscore the principles that guide this program.

Occupational Therapy Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
  • Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

Occupation Therapy Program Outcomes 

The overarching goal of the OT program is to prepare occupational therapy practitioners who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes requisite to the practice-scholar roles, habits and functions in their chosen practice contexts. The following student learning outcomes are used to measure the student's transformation into a scholar of practice and education, a leader-advocate within the profession, and a servant-leader for our communities:


  • Address the needs of underserved populations with an appreciation of the influence of the social, cultural, political, economic, physical, organizational and systemic environments on opportunities for full participation in meaningful occupations.
  • Collaborate with persons, other professionals, and organizations to advocate for full participation for persons who may experience limitations in their ability to select and engage fully in meaningful occupational roles, tasks and activities.
  • Educate, motivate and collaborate with persons to empower their participation in health promotion and disease prevention activities.
  • Establish culturally responsive therapeutic relationships with individuals with diverse persons, communities and populations.
  • Influence occupational therapy practice through service to the community and profession.


  • Demonstrate and use their broad knowledge of the role of occupation as therapy to facilitate health, well-being and quality of life.
  • Demonstrate entry-level professional skills in evaluation, intervention design, and implementation.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of patho-physiology and impairment, and analyze their impact on occupational performance throughout the life-span.
  • Practice as educated, moral, ethical citizens who promote their own state of health and the health of local and global communities.
  • Provide knowledge-based, innovative, quality services, which address occupational health needs and utilize current technologies.


  • Conduct and utilize research relevant to the practice of occupational therapy.
  • Critically evaluate and utilize a variety of treatment frames of reference relevant to consumer goals, resources and intervention efficacy expectations.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the research process and how evidence is developed, critiqued and applied in occupational therapy practice.
  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge and skills to effectively participate as a collaborative member of a research team.
  • Incorporate clinical reasoning and continuous self-reflection in pursuit of life-long, goal-oriented professional development.
  • Actively participate in the reflective process.


  • Articulate the interaction between physical, psychological, spiritual, social, moral and ethical issues to guide health care choices, delivery systems, and professional behaviors.
  • Assume leadership roles at the local, state, national and international levels within their profession and in their own communities.
  • Cooperate and collaborate productively as a leading practice-scholar in healthcare, educational or community systems.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to assume leadership roles as practitioners, managers, consultants, educators, advocates and scholars.
  • Influence system access to ensure healthy interdependence, adaptation, and service access for consumers, while decreasing the impact of disability, disease and societal limitations.
  • Practice the highest professional ethics and a true commitment to professionalism and occupational therapy.

Occupational Therapy Doctorate Outcomes

  • Applied Evidence Based Practice: Graduates will search, review, analyze, synthesize and apply knowledge to inform best practice in occupational therapy and education.
  • Outcomes Measurement: Graduates will design and conduct pilot evaluations using valid and reliable outcome measures to assess the effectiveness of a program, intervention or educational process.
  • Critical Analysis of Practice: Graduates will critically evaluate and apply theory to articulate and improve occupational therapy interventions.
  • Policy Analysis and Advocacy: Graduates will articulate issues of social and occupational justice and design action plans that include an advocacy role to address health disparities, or quality of life of individuals or populations.
  • Educational Technology: Graduates will demonstrate the capacity to teach students, colleagues, and clients with technology in face-to-face and online environments
  • Teaching and Learning: Graduates will apply learning theory to create, deliver and evaluate instructional units for professional education, specific clients and/or their families, selected populations, or the public.
  • Leadership: Graduates will assume leadership roles in their community and profession at local, national and international levels.
  • Professional Writing: Graduates will actively contribute discourses in occupational therapy and broader health venues by preparing and disseminating their scholarship in community, professional and interdisciplinary settings.

Occupational Therapy Curriculum

Professional Phase

Spring- 14 Credits

  • Neuroscience (HLTS 503) 4 cr.
  • Occupational Performance Evaluation (OCCT 535) 3 cr.
  • Human Motion & Movement (OCCT 537) 4 cr.
  • Evidence Based Practice (OCCT 541W) 3 cr.

Summer - 9 Credits

  • Humans, Groups & Occupations (OCCT 518) 3 cr.
  • Occupational Performance Perspectives (OCCT 545) 3 cr.
  • Medical Conditions in OT (OCCT 548) 3 cr.

Fall - 16/17 Credits

  • Clinical Reasoning & Fieldwork I & II (OCCT 511/511W) 3 cr.
  • Neurological & Sensorimotor Function (OCCT 519) 4 cr.
  • Biomechanical Function (OCCT 530) 4 cr.
  • Scholarship of Practice (OCCT 531) 3 cr.
  • Sociocultural Systems & Networks (OCCT 560) 2 cr.
  • *Research Project I (Prospectus) (OCCT 610W) 1 cr. (optional)

Spring - 16/17 Credits

  • Clinical Reasoning II & Fieldwork III (OCCT 512/512W) 3 cr.
  • Neurological & Sensorimotor Function II (OCCT 520) 4 cr.
  • Psychosocial Function & Fieldwork II (OCCT 525) 4 cr.
  • Qualitative Research (OCCT 532W) 2 cr.
  • Environmental Adaptations & Rehabilitation Technology (OCCT 550) 3 cr.
  • *Research Project II (Engagement) (OCCT 611W) 1 cr. (optional)
  • *Optional/Approval Required

Summer- 16 Credits

  • Intervention Seminar (OCCT 522) 3 cr.
  • Fieldwork IV (OCCT 555) 6 cr.
  • Occupational Therapy Administration (OCCT 561) 3 cr.
  • Community & World Healthcare Issues (OCCT 565) 3 cr.
  • Doctoral Capstone Seminar (OCCT 602) 1 cr.

Fall- 9/10 Credits

  • Professional Seminar II (OCCT 575) 3 cr.
  • Fieldwork V (OCCT 556) 6 cr.
  • Research Project III- Dissemination (612W) 1 cr.

Advanced Practitioner Phase

Spring- 10 Credits

  • Applying Evidence to Practice I (OCCT 620) 3 cr.
  • Designing Effective Programs (OCCT 625) 3 cr.
  • Practice Scholar Capstone Project I (OCCT 635) 2 cr.
  • Doctoral Capstone Experience I (OCCT 640) 2 cr.

Summer- 9 Credits

  • Applying Evidence to Practice II (OCCT 261) 1 cr.
  • Doctoral Capstone Experience II (OCCT 642) 6 cr.
  • Practice Scholar Capstone Project II (OCCT 645) 1 cr.
  • Instructions Learning Theory/Technology (OCCT 650) 1 cr.

Fall - 9 Credits

  • Doctoral Capstone Experience III (OCCT 644) 3 cr. 
  • Practice Scholar Project III (OCCT 655) 1 cr.
  • Transformative Leadership (OCCT 660) 2 cr.
  • Critical Analysis of Practice (OCCT 670) 3 cr.

Graduation Requirements

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

A student who has completed all requirements with a minimum 3.0 cumulative professional phase GPA and successfully completed all clinical education requirements will receive a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree. 

Occupational Therapy Doctorate

A student who has completed all requirements with a minimum 3.0 cumulative professional phase GPA, successfully completed all clinical education requirements and all doctoral coursework and a doctoral capstone project will receive an Occupational Therapy Doctorate degree.

Certification & Licensure

In order to practice, occupational therapists must first be certified on a national level, and then may apply for licensure on the state level. To be eligible for the certification examination and licensure, a candidate must be of good moral character and not abuse substances. An individual who has committed a felony or abused substances may not be eligible to sit for the national certification examination and/or licensure. Application for the NBCOT exam includes a background check. Upon graduation from the occupational therapy program, students will be eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The approximate cost is $550.00. The NBCOT accepts applications for the examination and maintains the roster of certified occupational therapists. Presently, the test is available at most Prometric Centers. More information is available on the NBCOT website.

Licensure requirements and costs vary state-to-state and graduates must contact their state agency to identify specific requirements for licensure in that state. The national certification exam is used nationwide as the primary factor for determining eligibility for professional state licensure. Some State licensing boards offer temporary licenses, once a candidate has been registered for the national exam.  Students are responsible for understanding the regulations per the state in which they are seeking licensure.  After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be initially certified as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Occupational therapy practice is regulated in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Typically, state licensure is based on the results from the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a student’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Failure to inform NBCOT of a felony conviction may result in NBCOT disciplinary action. A student may complete a character review to evaluate eligibility to take the NBCOT certification examination by requesting an Early Determination Review. The student is responsible for costs related to this review which are estimated to be $225.00.  Visit NBCOT Early Determination.