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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008
Chair: Rebecca I. Estes (251) 434-3939
Professor: Scaffa
Associate Professor: Estes
Assistant Professors: Lemcool, Wooster
Lecturer: O'Connor
Adjunct Faculty: Henderson, Van Huysen
Department of Occupational Therapy web site
Occupational Therapy is a health care profession devoted to providing service to persons with acute and chronic physical, emotional, mental and developmental disabilities. The occupational therapist helps individuals achieve independence in their daily lives and activities. An occupational therapist may aid in the growth and development of premature babies; create a learning environment for physically and mentally challenged children; adapt home environments for persons with stroke, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury and other disabilities; and create activities that are designed to restore mental health for persons with emotional, mental, and substance abuse problems.
The Master of Science degree program in Occupational Therapy is an entry-level professional program designed to enable the student to develop advanced critical reasoning skills and to prepare the graduate for professional practice in a variety of settings. Graduates will also have the capability of assuming responsibilities in the areas of administration, program development, consultation and research in occupational therapy.
The program consists of 94 semester hours and is seven consecutive semesters in length. This includes 24 weeks of full-time Level II Fieldwork as required by accreditation standards. Level II Fieldwork is available in a variety of medical and community sites representing a diverse range of learning opportunities for students.
The program is designed to accommodate applicants who have either a baccalaureate degree in another field or advanced undergraduates who have completed three years (96 semester hours) of prescribed and elective undergraduate course work.
A new class of Master’s students begins each year in Fall semester. To be considered for admission to the program, students must submit an application with appropriate fees to the Occupational Therapy Department by the January 15th deadline.
The following are the minimum criteria to be considered for admission:
1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution prior to the starting date of the program, or completion of a minimum of 96 semester (144 quarter) hours. Students with 96 semester (144 quarter) hours of course work with a minimum 3.0 GPA may be admitted as Advanced Undergraduates. Provisional admission may be offered to selected students who do not meet this criterion.
2. Completion of the prerequisite course work listed below with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last five years. Although there is no minimum required score, a combined score of 800 for the Verbal and Quantitative portions is preferred. Official scores must be submitted directly to the University before the application deadline.
4. Applicants who meet all admission requirements will be invited for personal interviews.
Admission will be offered to students after both academic and interview scores are considered. Core Performance Standards, which are fundamental tasks that must be performed to successfully complete the program, have been outlined and are available upon request from the program.
Baccalaureate Degree Holders (Category I)
The student must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university including prerequisites listed below and must meet the minimum requirements for admission.
Advanced Undergraduates (Category II)
The student must have completed a minimum of 96 semester (144 quarter) hours of prerequisite work as stated below for Advanced Undergraduate students and must meet the minimum requirements for admission.
Applicants interested in this category of admission should review the Additional Information for Advanced Undergraduate Applicants section.
Baccalaureate Degree Holders (Category I) and Advanced Undergraduate Applicants (Category II) must complete these prerequisites:
English Composition I 3  
General Biology with lab 4  
Anatomy and Physiology* 6  
Kinesiology* 3  
Precalculus Algebra (or higher level mathematics) 3  
Statistics or Research Methods* 3  
General Psychology 3  
Developmental Psychology 3  
Abnormal Psychology 3  
Cultural Anthropology 3  
(one of the following: Public Speaking, Ethics, Logic, Small Group Discussion, Group Dynamics)
Computer Competency*
(as demonstrated by course credit,
 continuing education or other  documentation)

First Aid and CPR Competency*
(as demonstrated by course credit, or by documentation of certification by the American Red Cross or the
 American Heart Association)
*Must be taken no more than five years prior to application.  
Additional Prerequisites for Advanced Undergraduate Applicants
English Composition II (3 semester hours)
Laboratory Science Elective (4 semester hours) (not Botany)
Fine Arts Elective (3 semester hours)
Literature Elective (3 semester hours)
*Humanities Elective (3 semester hours)
History Elective (3 semester hours)
*Social Science Elective (3 semester hours)
Applied Art Elective (3 semester hours)
Introduction to Logic or Ethics (3 semester hours)
Electives (25 semester hours)
*Must complete a two course sequence in Literature or History.
Extra points will be given to applicants who have completed any of the following additional courses with a grade of “B” or higher: anatomy (300 level or higher), physiology (300 level or higher), chemistry, pathophysiology, physics, infectious disease or microbiology, medical terminology, introduction to occupational therapy (OT 101 or OT 201), and any additional anthropology or sociology courses (300 level or higher).
Applicants are strongly encouraged to observe occupational therapy practice in a variety of settings. One (1) extra point towards admission is awarded for each 25 hours observed, up to a maximum of 75 hours or three (3) points. Documentation forms for observation may be obtained from the occupational therapy department.
Additional Information for Advanced Undergraduate Applicants:
Students not holding a baccalaureate degree must complete additional prescribed and elective courses including 25 semester hours in a major of their choice. This will help ensure that students who fail to gain admission to the Occupational Therapy program or who elect not to apply will be able to complete an undergraduate degree within the normal time frame.
Advanced undergraduates who are admitted to the graduate program will officially be classified as undergraduates for the first two semesters of the program but will be taking graduate courses in the program and will be held to the same standards of performance as the graduate students with bachelor’s degrees.
Upon satisfactory completion (minimum GPA of 3.0) of all course work during the first two semesters of the program, the student will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Professional Health Sciences. The student will complete all necessary paperwork for reclassification as a graduate student and will continue through the remainder of the program.
The academic program for students with bachelor’s degrees and advanced undergraduates is identical in its entirety. Tuition will be assessed at the graduate level for the entire seven semesters of the Master’s degree program.
In the first two semesters of the program while classified as an undergraduate student, any financial aid awarded is restricted to the types and amounts for which an undergraduate student is eligible.
The Master of Science degree program consists of the following courses:
OT 500 Occupation in Context 3
OT 502 Occupational Development I 3
OT 503 History and Philosophy of OT 3
OT 505 Scientific Inquiry I - W 3
OT 510 Theoretical Foundations of OT - W 3
OT 512 Occupational Development II 3
OT 514 Neuromuscskel Dimens of Occup Perf 5
OT 517 Occupational Evaluation I 3
OT 519 Professional Dev Seminar I 2
OT 520 Occupational Intervention I 5
OT 521 Practicum I 1
OT 524 Biomed & Phenomenol Persp on Disability I 3
OT 525 Documentation 2
OT 527 Occupational Evaluation II 3
OT 529 Professional Dev Seminar II 1
OT 530 Occupational Intervention II 5
OT 531 Practicum II 1
OT 534 Biomed & Phenomenol Persp on Disability II 3
OT 536 Management 3
OT 539 Professional Dev Seminar III 2
OT 540 Occupational Intervention III 5
OT 541 Practicum III 1
OT 545 Scientific Inquiry II 3
OT 546 Supervision 2
OT 548 Advanced Tech in OT 2
OT 550 Level II Fieldwork (A) 6
OT 555 Level II Fieldwork (B) 6
OT 560 Professional Issues 3
OT 566 Leadership 3
OT 570 Community-Based Intervention 3
OT 575 Advanced Professional Writing 3
During the Fall and Spring semesters of the last year students participate in fieldwork education at special fieldwork sites affiliated with the program. Students should plan on relocation to two different out-of-town fieldwork centers during these two semesters.
Students should be prepared for extra expenses associated with professional studies including books, local travel to and from fieldwork sites and out-of-town travel and living expenses during Level II Fieldwork assignments. Special lab fees are assessed for the following courses:
OT 500 Occupation in Context  
OT 510 Theoretical Foundations of OT  
OT 514 Neuromuscskel Dimens of Occup Perf  
OT 520 Occupational Intervention I  
OT 527 Occupational Evaluation II  
OT 530 Occupational Intervention II  
OT 540 Occupational Intervention III  
OT 545 Scientific Inquiry II  
OT 548 Advanced Technology in OT  
OT 570 Community-Based Intervention  
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. ACOTE’s phone number is c/o AOTA (301)652-AOTA. Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

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