Use Your Master's Degree to Provide Exceptional Care

Master of Occupational Therapy Degree

The occupational therapy program at College of Saint Mary will prepare you to deliver quality occupational therapy services while providing compassionate, ethical occupational therapy services to your patients. You will be immersed in providing the best care possible, particularly those who are vulnerable to compromised health. This is a five-year program combined with our bachelor's degree in rehabilitative science. 

Board Pass Rates 

The total number of College of Saint Mary master of occupational therapy graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certificate exam from 2011-2013 including first time test taker and repeat test takers is 115 out of 120 graduates, which is an overall pass rate of 96 percent. As of 2014, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy only posts the overall pass rate of a program regardless of the number of attempts for a student to pass the exam.  The most current information about the board pass rate for College of Saint Mary is posted by NBCOTSee more information about College of Saint Mary graduation rates and outcomes.   

Occupational Therapy Student Manual

Required Courses in Your Major

Occupational Therapy Management

This course is offered in the graduate year of the occupational therapy curriculum. In this course, you will implement the skills necessary for an occupational therapist to provide competent managerial services as a healthcare practitioner in a changing healthcare environment.

Community Based Occupational Therapy

This course will give you the opportunity to design and provide services to address unmet needs for individuals, groups or populations in community settings. You will also explore occupation in the context of community in applying components of program development and grant writing.

Principles of Occupational Therapy Research II

In this course, you will practice interpreting basic descriptive quantitative statistics and code, and synthesize qualitative data to develop meaningful conclusions. You will also use selected topics of interest to initiate a literature review.

Occupational Therapy Leadership and Advocacy

In this course, you will explore various theories of leadership for enacting positive change and develop leadership skills for advocacy and patient centered practice. You will also explore how sociopolitical factors impact healthcare policy and occupational therapy.

Therapeutic Modalities

In this course you will practice course knowledge through the use of specialized therapeutic modalities in occupational therapy. You will demonstrate safe and effective application of physical agent modalities and explain the evidence behind the use of these modalities in occupational therapy intervention. During the second module, you will have the opportunity to explore and create recommendations for assistive technology to enhance the quality of life in individuals.

Transition to Level II Fieldwork

This course is designed to prepare you for the transition to Level II fieldwork experiences and entry-level practice, as well as ensure compliance with fieldwork site requirements.

Principles of Occupational Therapy Research III

This course focuses on scholarly dissemination of research. You will complete the literature review initiated in Principles of Occupational Therapy Research II to create a scholarly project and plan a mock research proposal.

Principles of Neuro-Rehabilitation II

In this course, you will learn traditional and contemporary models of practice and evidence-based interventions used in neuro-rehabilitation. An experiential learning component will be utilized so that students can implement the skills discussed in class.

Clinical Reasoning III

The course is designed to integrate theory and the knowledge of pathologies and intervention strategies with an understanding of the OT process. In this course, you will focus on developing your ability to evaluate and synthesize information from complex situations and practice settings involving individuals and populations.

Level IIA Fieldwork

This course will give you the opportunity to engage in all aspects of the occupational therapy process during a 12-week fieldwork experience in an occupational therapy practice setting. This course will help you develop competent entry-level practice skills.

Level IIB Fieldwork

This course will give you the opportunity to engage in all aspects of the occupational therapy process during a 12-week fieldwork experience in an occupational therapy practice setting. This course will help you develop competent, entry-level practice skills.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To complete our five-year occupational therapy program your must complete of 160 credit hours.

  • 40 credit hours in core classes
  • 60 credit hours in undergraduate major courses 
  • 32 credit hours in graduate major courses
  • 6 credit hours in supporting courses
  • 15 credit hours in supporting field courses
  • 7 credit hours in electives

 

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapist, administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, you will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination, attain state licensure or complete fieldwork.

 

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220, phone (301) 652-AOTA. In 2010, College of Saint Mary received a 10-year re-accreditation from ACOTE. This accreditation period is only awarded to programs that are in full compliance with all ACOTE standards, and provides national recognition of our program.

The College of Saint Mary Occupational Therapy Program is a member of the Midwest Fieldwork Consortium. The mission of the consortium is to provide quality fieldwork education experiences. 

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

When applying to the occupational therapy program, you must first meet the entrance requirements set for College of Saint Mary. Admission to the occupational therapy program requires additional requirements to those of regular college admission.

First-time / Full-time Freshman (High School Seniors)

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • ACT composite score of 21 or above recorded on official high school transcript or SAT report
  • Exemption from or successful completion of the mathematics competency and the English competency examination
  • Satisfactory completion of one year of high school chemistry, one year of high school biology, and three years of high school math
  • Ability to comply with the College of Saint Mary OT Program Functional Expectations

 

Transfer or Current College of Saint Mary Student Admission

  • Completion of at least 12 credits required in the Occupational Therapy Program
  • Official school transcripts from all colleges attended 
  • Developmental courses cannot be counted towards fulfillment of this 12 hour requirement
  • Cumulative college quality point average of 3.0 with a minimum grade of C required for successful transfer
  • Successful completion of English and math requirements
  • Ability to comply with the College of Saint Mary OT Program Functional Expectations

 

Please note that there is a limit of 60 students at each level. Meeting the criteria stated above does not guarantee you a spot in the program if there are no slots available. 

Academic Description

Use Your Master's Degree to Provide Exceptional Care

Master of Occupational Therapy Degree

The occupational therapy program at College of Saint Mary will prepare you to deliver quality occupational therapy services while providing compassionate, ethical occupational therapy services to your patients. You will be immersed in providing the best care possible, particularly those who are vulnerable to compromised health. This is a five-year program combined with our bachelor's degree in rehabilitative science. 

Board Pass Rates 

The total number of College of Saint Mary master of occupational therapy graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certificate exam from 2011-2013 including first time test taker and repeat test takers is 115 out of 120 graduates, which is an overall pass rate of 96 percent. As of 2014, the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy only posts the overall pass rate of a program regardless of the number of attempts for a student to pass the exam.  The most current information about the board pass rate for College of Saint Mary is posted by NBCOTSee more information about College of Saint Mary graduation rates and outcomes.   

Occupational Therapy Student Manual

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220, phone (301) 652-AOTA. In 2010, College of Saint Mary received a 10-year re-accreditation from ACOTE. This accreditation period is only awarded to programs that are in full compliance with all ACOTE standards, and provides national recognition of our program.

The College of Saint Mary Occupational Therapy Program is a member of the Midwest Fieldwork Consortium. The mission of the consortium is to provide quality fieldwork education experiences. 

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

When applying to the occupational therapy program, you must first meet the entrance requirements set for College of Saint Mary. Admission to the occupational therapy program requires additional requirements to those of regular college admission.

First-time / Full-time Freshman (High School Seniors)

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • ACT composite score of 21 or above recorded on official high school transcript or SAT report
  • Exemption from or successful completion of the mathematics competency and the English competency examination
  • Satisfactory completion of one year of high school chemistry, one year of high school biology, and three years of high school math
  • Ability to comply with the College of Saint Mary OT Program Functional Expectations

 

Transfer or Current College of Saint Mary Student Admission

  • Completion of at least 12 credits required in the Occupational Therapy Program
  • Official school transcripts from all colleges attended 
  • Developmental courses cannot be counted towards fulfillment of this 12 hour requirement
  • Cumulative college quality point average of 3.0 with a minimum grade of C required for successful transfer
  • Successful completion of English and math requirements
  • Ability to comply with the College of Saint Mary OT Program Functional Expectations

 

Please note that there is a limit of 60 students at each level. Meeting the criteria stated above does not guarantee you a spot in the program if there are no slots available. 

Curriculum

Required Courses in Your Major

Occupational Therapy Management

This course is offered in the graduate year of the occupational therapy curriculum. In this course, you will implement the skills necessary for an occupational therapist to provide competent managerial services as a healthcare practitioner in a changing healthcare environment.

Community Based Occupational Therapy

This course will give you the opportunity to design and provide services to address unmet needs for individuals, groups or populations in community settings. You will also explore occupation in the context of community in applying components of program development and grant writing.

Principles of Occupational Therapy Research II

In this course, you will practice interpreting basic descriptive quantitative statistics and code, and synthesize qualitative data to develop meaningful conclusions. You will also use selected topics of interest to initiate a literature review.

Occupational Therapy Leadership and Advocacy

In this course, you will explore various theories of leadership for enacting positive change and develop leadership skills for advocacy and patient centered practice. You will also explore how sociopolitical factors impact healthcare policy and occupational therapy.

Therapeutic Modalities

In this course you will practice course knowledge through the use of specialized therapeutic modalities in occupational therapy. You will demonstrate safe and effective application of physical agent modalities and explain the evidence behind the use of these modalities in occupational therapy intervention. During the second module, you will have the opportunity to explore and create recommendations for assistive technology to enhance the quality of life in individuals.

Transition to Level II Fieldwork

This course is designed to prepare you for the transition to Level II fieldwork experiences and entry-level practice, as well as ensure compliance with fieldwork site requirements.

Principles of Occupational Therapy Research III

This course focuses on scholarly dissemination of research. You will complete the literature review initiated in Principles of Occupational Therapy Research II to create a scholarly project and plan a mock research proposal.

Principles of Neuro-Rehabilitation II

In this course, you will learn traditional and contemporary models of practice and evidence-based interventions used in neuro-rehabilitation. An experiential learning component will be utilized so that students can implement the skills discussed in class.

Clinical Reasoning III

The course is designed to integrate theory and the knowledge of pathologies and intervention strategies with an understanding of the OT process. In this course, you will focus on developing your ability to evaluate and synthesize information from complex situations and practice settings involving individuals and populations.

Level IIA Fieldwork

This course will give you the opportunity to engage in all aspects of the occupational therapy process during a 12-week fieldwork experience in an occupational therapy practice setting. This course will help you develop competent entry-level practice skills.

Level IIB Fieldwork

This course will give you the opportunity to engage in all aspects of the occupational therapy process during a 12-week fieldwork experience in an occupational therapy practice setting. This course will help you develop competent, entry-level practice skills.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To complete our five-year occupational therapy program your must complete of 160 credit hours.

  • 40 credit hours in core classes
  • 60 credit hours in undergraduate major courses 
  • 32 credit hours in graduate major courses
  • 6 credit hours in supporting courses
  • 15 credit hours in supporting field courses
  • 7 credit hours in electives

 

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapist, administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, you will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination, attain state licensure or complete fieldwork.