Degree requirements are established by the faculty on recommendation from the Dean of Graduate Study and the Academic Standards Committee.
A degree candidate must complete, for a letter grade, a minimum of fourteen and one half (14.5) units of graduate credit in Occupational Therapy. Unless otherwise noted in the course description, graduate courses are valued at 1 unit each. A unit of credit is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 6 quarter hours. Up to two (2) units of independent study may be applied toward the degree.
Up to six and one half (6.5) previously completed graduate occupational therapy transfer units may be applied toward a degree if requested and approved at the time of application for acceptance as a degree candidate.
All degree candidates must complete the diploma application card and degree clearance form, available in the Office of the Registrar, prior to the final term of graduate study.
Questions about degree requirements and degree candidacy should be referred to the Office of the Registrar.
Once degree candidacy has been granted, a student is expected to complete all degree requirements within six years. All courses to be counted in the degree, including graduate transfer credit, must be taken within the six-year period prior to granting the degree; hence, courses may go out of date even though candidacy is still valid.
A student is expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The Academic Standards Committee reviews the record of a degree candidate who earns a cumulative grade point below 3.0. Grades less than 2.0 (including a WF) cannot be used in meeting graduate degree requirements but are computed in the cumulative grade point average. A candidate falling below a 3.0 cumulative grade point average will be placed on academic probation and may be removed from degree candidacy.
When candidacy is removed for any reason, the student may not register for additional work without the prior approval of the Academic Standards Committee and the faculty of the Occupational Therapy Program. Students who are removed from degree candidacy for academic reasons may petition the Occupational Therapy Program faculty and the Academic Standards Committee for reinstatement.
A student will be unable to continue in the program or enroll in Occupational Therapy courses if the student receives less than a 2.0 (including a WF) for the second time in a single required course; must repeat more than two required courses; violates the standards of ethical practice observed by the academic and clinical educational programs in occupational therapy; or violates university policies regarding academic dishonesty.
Students must be admitted to the Occupational Therapy Program before taking the following course sequence:
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|OT 610||OT 612|
|OT 605||OT 643|
|OT 615||OT 644|
|OT 622 (0.5 unit)||OT 634|
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|OT 623 (0.5 unit)||OT 658|
|OT 645||OT 621 (0.5 unit)|
|OT 646||OT 661|
|OT 660 (0.5 unit)||OT 624 (0.5 unit)|
|OT 635 (0.5 unit)||OT 636 (0.5 unit)|
Successful completion of fieldwork experience is required for graduation from the university with a degree in occupational therapy. During this phase, the student spends a minimum of six months of full-time practice under registered therapists in medical centers, schools, or health care agencies.
Sequence for part-time graduate study must be approved by the Occupational Therapy Program faculty.
Upon successful completion a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree is awarded. Students are then eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.