Become an Occupational Therapist

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

Become an Occupational Therapist

Exciting News! We are in the early stages of the accreditation process for a new Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program. In September 2016, we declared our intent to develop a new MSOT program to meet the growing demand for qualified rehabilitative services professionals. We are currently recognized as an “applicant program” with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE ®) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Once “candidacy status” is achieved, GMercyU would be able to admit students into our new MS in Occupational Therapy program. 

We anticipate a positive accreditation review prior to the time our first class would be ready to graduate in 2020! Once accreditation is obtained, graduates would be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.  Upon successful completion of the exam, you would become an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR), and could apply for state licensure in the state where you wish to practice.

 

3+2 BHS in Occupational Science/MS in Occupational Therapy

Once GMercyU’s proposed MS in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program moves from "applicant status" to “candidacy status”, qualified students who are enrolled in our newly introduced Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) in Occupational Science program will be able to pursue both their BHS in Occupational Science and their MS in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) at GMercyU. The first three years of this 3+2 program will be dedicated to completing your pre-professional undergraduate courses in occupational science. In the summer of your junior year, you will begin taking courses toward your MSOT.  At the end of year four, you will earn your BHS in Occupational Science.  At the end of year 5, you will earn your Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.  Upon successful completion of the exam, you would become an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR), and could apply for state licensure in the state where you wish to practice.  
We anticipate a positive accreditation review of our new MSOT program by 2020, just in time for our first graduating class! 

More details on the accreditation process and GMercyU’s current status can be found on ACOTE’s website. ACOTE®/AOTA is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, and is reachable by phone at 301-652-AOTA.

 

Post- Baccalaureate Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

We are hard at work developing an exciting new post-baccalaureate Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program for the summer of 2018. Once this program moves from “applicant status” to “candidacy status” with ACOTE® of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution who want to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy can apply to our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program as a graduate student. We anticipate a favorable ACOTE® accreditation review of this new program by 2020. That means students who already hold a bachelor’s degree could be admitted to this program as early as the summer of 2018, with a projected graduation date of 2020.

More details on the accreditation process and GMercyU’s current status can be found on ACOTE’s website. ACOTE®/AOTA is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, and is reachable by phone at 301-652-AOTA.

The GMercyU Difference

GMercyU’s proposed Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program will be dedicated to preparing rehabilitative services professionals who are capable of making a real difference in the everyday lives of their clients. 

Offered through the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions, which has been providing quality education and training in nursing and other health professions for more than 50 years, our MS in Occupational Therapy program will provide a holistic approach to meeting the needs of people with physical or mental impairments or disabilities. 

Other benefits of choosing GMercyU include:

  • More than 60 years of experience preparing our Distinctive Mercy Graduates who become leaders in their chosen professions
  • Fulfilling and exciting learning experiences with the personal attention you need to achieve your goals
  • Courses taught by experienced faculty who take the time to mentor and engage their students

Curriculum

Students in our planned 3+2 and Post-Baccalaureate Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) programs will complete the following courses. 3+2 students will begin taking these courses in the summer of the junior year.  Post-Baccalaureate MSOT students will take professional courses over a two-year period. 

OTM 402 Neuroscience of Occupational Behavior
OTM 403 Functional Anatomy for the Occupational Therapist
OTM 404 Therapeutic Use of Self
OTM 405 Foundations of Occupational Therapy
OTM 406 Creativity and Activity Analysis
OTM 407 Kinesiology for the Occupational Therapist
OTM 408 Therapeutic Environments and Service Delivery
OSC/OTM 409 Dev. of Humans as Occupational Beings
OTM 410  Professional Development I
OTM 411 Health and Medical Conditions II: Children & Youth
OTM 412 Occupational Therapy Process II: Children & Youth
OTM 413 Occupational Therapy Fieldwork: Children & Youth
OSC/OTM 414 Research Methods I: Evidence-Based Practice
OTM 415 Ethics in Occupational Therapy
OTM 416 Professional Development II
OTM 501 Occupational Therapy in Health & Wellness
OTM 502 Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
OTM 503 Environ. Adaptations & Assist. Technology
OTM 504 Health & Medical Conditions I: Adults and Older Adults
OTM 505 Occupational Therapy Process II: Adults & Older Adults
OTM 506 Occupational Therapy Fieldwork: Adults & Older Adults
OTM 507 Upper Extremity Rehab. for Occupational Therapists
OTM 508 Research Methods II: Applied Research
OTM 509 Professional Development III
OTM 510 Fieldwork II
OTM 511 Professional Development IV
OTM 512 Fieldwork III
OTM 513 Professional Development V

MSOT Prerequisite Courses (for Post-Baccalaureate MSOT students)
If you have not completed the following courses as part of your undergraduate degree, you will need to complete them prior to enrolling in our planned MSOT program.

  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab I and II)
  • Statistics

A minimum of 75-77 credits is required for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree.

Career Outcomes

What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

Occupational therapists focus on improving a person’s ability to complete everyday tasks and activities – from childhood to older adulthood.  As an occupational therapist, you might: 

  • Enable young children with a developmental delay to improve their ability to play or participate in school and other social activities
  • Assist an adult with an orthopedic injury to regain use of his or her hand and arm, allowing him or her to perform daily activities more independently
  • Help older adults who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury perform self-care and household activities so they can return home safely from the hospital or skilled nursing facility
  • Provide strategies to adolescents with severe mental illness to aid them in finding and securing employment in order to live on their own

A developmental delay or other type of disability can alter one’s ability to perform meaningful daily activities.  A registered occupational therapist helps people to cope and manage their daily activities, as well as adapt to environments in a way that best supports their safety and independence.

Occupational Therapy Career Opportunities

Job growth in the field of occupational therapy is expected to grow by 29% over the next 8-10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This makes occupational therapy one of the top 10 fastest growing careers in the United States. Even better, Pennsylvania is ranked as a 2016 TOP 10 state (number 7) for career opportunities in the Occupational Therapy field, according to Advanced Healthcare Network