Entry Level Degree Requirements

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.

Continuation toward a Degree in Occupational Therapy

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graduate transfer credit, must be taken within the six-year period prior to granting the degree; hence, courses may go out of date even though candidacy is still valid.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.

Requirements for Graduation from MSOT Program (Professional Entry-Level)

  1. Successfully complete the required courses (see below) for a letter grade with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  2. Successfully complete a minimum of six months of fieldwork experience in a medical center, school, health care facility, or other agency that holds an extended campus agreement with the Occupational Therapy Program (register for OT 501). OT 503 and 504 may be taken as electives. Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of the completion of OT didactic (on campus) coursework.
  3. Maintain professional liability insurance during the professional and fieldwork phases of the educational program.
  4. Provide transportation for travel to clinical facilities.
  5. Pay a fee for fieldwork experience.
  6. Maintain health insurance and immunizations during fieldwork experience.
  7. Maintain current CPR certification during the professional and fieldwork phases of the educational program.
  8. Adhere to the standards of ethical practice observed by the academic and clinical education programs in occupational therapy.
  9. Undergo a background check by the Washington State Patrol, as required by RCW 43.43.830, prior to placement in both on- and off-campus clinical experiences.

Required Courses and Sequence for MSOT

Students must be admitted to the Occupational Therapy Program before taking the following course sequence:

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
OT 610 OT 612
OT 605 OT 643
OT 615 OT 644
OT 622 (0.5 unit) OT 634

Second Year

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)

Fieldwork

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.