Students begin the BS curriculum with preprofessional courses, which include courses in biological and social sciences as well as occupational therapy. In addition to meeting the University Discovery Program requirements, students take the following courses during the first three years of the program.
|BMS 507||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BMS 508||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|OT 500||Behavior and Development of Children||4|
|OT 501||Developmental Tasks of Adulthood||4|
|OT 510||Exploring Occupational Therapy and Occupation||4|
|OT 610||Occupation, Identity, Disability 2||4|
|OT 685||Psychosocial Disorders and Everyday Life||4|
& KIN 653A
and Musculoskeletal Assessment
& KIN 707
and Neurology Lab
|OT 720||Medical Terminology||2|
|PSYC 401||Introduction to Psychology||4|
|Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals|
|Statistics in Psychology|
|Family Programs and Policies|
|Children, Adolescents and the Law|
|Families and the Law|
|United States Health Care Systems|
|Introduction to Public Health|
|Health Ethics and Law|
|American Public Policy|
|Management and Finance in the Experience Industry|
|Social Welfare Policy: History of Social and Economic Justice|
|Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice|
Details on satisfying these requirements are provided by the student's academic adviser and are outlined in the OT Department Policy and Procedure Manual. All students receive an electronic copy of the manual in their first year, and it is also available on the Occupational Therapy Student Resources site on the University learning platform.
Volunteer or work experience in a health and human service organization is recommended, although not required.
Students in the BS-MS or BS-OTD curriculum with a GPA of 3.0 or higher transition into the professional program and take professional level courses during their undergraduate education. The following courses are required.
|OT 710||OT Practice and Professional Roles||4|
|OT 715|| Introduction to Group Process: Theory and Application||2|
|OT 744||Fieldwork and Professionalism - Level 1||1|
|OT 750||Neuro-Occupation: The Relationship Between Occupation and the Brain 1||3|
|OT 751||Mind Body Systems/Neurologically Based Function and Dysfunction||4|
|Human Movement and Environmental Effects on Everyday Occupations|
and Human Movement Lab
|Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Adults|
and Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Adults Lab
and Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Adults Recitation
|OT 781||Introduction to Research and Evidence-Based Practice||3|
|OT 782||Research Methods and Application||3|
|OT 792||Level I Fieldwork||1|
|Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance|
and Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance Lab
|or OT 771|
| Enabling Participation in Community Groups|
and Enabling Participation in Community Groups Lab
|Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention|
and Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention Lab
and Psychosocial Evaluation & Intervention Recitation
|or OT 762|
| Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Children|
and Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Children Lab
and Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Children Recitation
|OT 741||Human Occupation 2||4|
Students need to declare their choice for Advanced Standing MS or OTD by the end of their sophomore year. At the end of the senior year, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. However, students must earn a graduate degree (MS or OTD) to become registered occupational therapists. Students apply to the Graduate School for Occupational Therapy: Advanced Standing MS or the OTD Program during their senior year. An overall minimum grade point of 3.0 is required for admission to the MS Program or OTD program, and students must earn a minimum grade of B- in all OT classes at the 700 level, with no more than 8 credits of B- in OT courses at the 700 level, pass Level I Fieldwork, and meet professional behavior expectations. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for additional information about the Advanced Standing MS and OTD Programs and the graduate portion of the professional occupational therapy curriculum including Fieldwork Level II requirements.
Students entering as first-year undergraduate students complete both the BS degree and Advanced Standing MS degree in 5.5 academic years (11 semesters and one January-term), including Level II Fieldwork, while those opting for the Advanced Standing OTD will complete the degree in 6 academic years including two summer terms, Level II Fieldwork and a Capstone experience. Students from both advanced standing programs will be eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT). A felony conviction may affect a student's ability to complete fieldwork, sit for the NBCOT certification examination, and/or obtain state licensure.
Students are responsible for transportation to off-campus practicum and fieldwork locations.
Curriculum review and revision is undertaken annually. The department works closely with students during academic advising sessions and shares information about any policy and requirement changes during registration periods as well as throughout the academic year. Students also are expected to take an active role in verifying expectations and should check with their academic adviser each September for updated policies and requirements. Program requirements and policies for retention in the major are in the OT Department Policy and Procedure Manual, which is available online.