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Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Requirements for Graduation
Effective December 2021
Credit Hours
The Master of Science degree program consists of the following courses:  
OT 500 Occupation in Context 3
OT 501 Occupational Development  4
OT 504 Neuroscientific Basis of Occup Perf 3
OT 505 Scientific Inquiry I 2
OT 506 Research Design I 1
OT 507 ADL/IADL Evaluation and Intervention PEDS 2
OT 508 Experiential Learning - PEDS 2
OT 509 OT Foundations 3
OT 511 Neuromusculoskeletal Assessment Lecture 1
OT 513 Neuromusculoskeletal Experiential Learning 2
OT 515 Psychosocial Evaluation & Intervention 3
OT 517 Occupational Evaluation I 3
OT 521 Practicum I 1
OT 522 OT Int. I Lab 1
OT 525 Documentation 3
OT 526 OT for Adults 2
OT 528 OT for Adult Experiential Learning 2
OT 531 Practicum II 1
OT 535 Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation 2
OT 536 Management 3
OT 539 Professional Development Seminar  1
OT 545 Scientific Inquiry II 2
OT 547 Research Implementation 1
OT 550 Level II Fieldwork (A) 6
OT 551 Practicum IV Psychosocial 1
OT 552 School Based OT Practice 3
OT 553 OT and the Older Adult  2
OT 554 OT and the Older Adult Experiential Learning 2
OT 555 Level II Fieldwork (B) 6
OT 557 OT for Young Child 3
OT 558 Technology & Environ Interventions in OT 3
OT 571 Interprofessional Collaboraton and Practice 1
OT 572 OT Child & Adolescence 2
OT 573 OT in Acute Care 2
OT 574 OT & Wellness 3
OT 575 Advanced Professional Writing 2
OT 576 Research Publication 1
OT 577 Management & Supervision 3
OT 578 Intervention Competencies 2
OT 581 OT Clinical Practice I (Online) 2
OT 582 Clinical Practice 2 (Online) 2
  Plus, one elective course 1
 

Expenses

Students admitted in the Occupational Therapy program will be charged a matriculation deposit of $300 required to secure a seat in the entering class. This amount is not refundable but will be applied towards tuition expenses after classes begin.
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:

Abbr Course Description Fees
OT 500 Occupation in Context $30.00
OT 501 Occupational Development I $21.00
OT 504 Neuroscientific Basis of Occup Perf $70.00
OT 508 Experiential Learning $26.00
OT 513 Neuromusculoskeletal Experiential Learning $30.00
OT 515 Psychosocial Evaluation & Intervention $26.00
OT 517 Occupational Evaluation I $50.00
OT 528 OT for Adult Experiential Learning $65.00
OT 535 Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation $32.00
OT 545 Scientific Inquiry II $25.00
OT 550 Level II Fieldwork (A) $5.00
OT 552 School Basted OT Practice $38.00
OT 554 OT and the Older Adult Experiential Learning $32.00
OT 555 Level II Fieldwork (B) $5.00
OT 557 OT for the Young Child $35.00
OT 558 Technology and Environmental Interventions in OT $50.00
OT 572 Evaluation & Intervention Child & Adolescence $33.00
OT 573 OT in Acute Care $30.00
OT 574 OT & Wellness $13.00
OT 578 Intervention Competencies $40.00
OT 582 Clinical Practice 2 $25.00
     

Retention Policies In accordance with the Policies of the University of South Alabama Graduate School:

  • A minimum overall 3.0 GPA on all work attempted in the student's specific program of study is required. A maximum of two courses with the grade of "C" may be counted toward a degree program.
  • Any term in which a graduate student drops below a 3.0 GPA, the student is placed on probationary status and has a period of two terms to attain a 3.0 GPA or be dismissed from the Graduate School.

In addition, the following Departmental Retention Policies apply:

  • Students in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program are required to achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each course in the occupational therapy curriculum. This minimum grade of "C" reflects only the letter grade since many courses will require an 80% or 90% competency in order to be considered passing level.
  • A student who receives a grade below "C" will be academically dismissed.
  • Any combination of nine (9) semester hours of grades of "C" in OT courses will result in academic dismissal.
  • If for any reason a student must withdraw from the occupational therapy program, re-admission will require approval of the department chairperson and the Dean of the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions.
  • All occupational therapy coursework taken prior to Level II Fieldwork must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order for a student to be eligible to proceed with Level II Fieldwork.
  • Level II Fieldwork will be graded as Pass/Fail using the criterion scores developed by the American Occupational Therapy Association. A student will be allowed to withdraw from fieldwork, without penalty, under special circumstances, for example, a serious illness/newly acquired disability. Withdrawal from Level II Fieldwork requires the recommendation of the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and the permission of the Department Chairperson. All repeat fieldwork experiences must be completed within one year.
  • If a student fails a Level II Fieldwork course (OT 550, OT 555), a "U" or unsatisfactory will be recorded as the grade. IF the student is permitted to repeat the Level II Fieldwork course, the student may be required to complete remediation tasks prior to repeating the course. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator will schedule the repeated fieldwork at the earliest available time, but no later than 12 months following completion of all other academic requirements. A student failing to satisfactorily complete two out of three attempts of the 12-week fieldwork placements (OT 550, OT 555) shall be dismissed from the program.

Note: In some semesters, courses may not start and/or finish during the regular University beginning and ending dates for the semester. For example, one course may start at the beginning of a semester and finish at the semester midpoint, while another course starts at the midpoint of the semester and finishes at the semester's end. Accreditation: The Department of Occupational Therapy MSOT Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814. ACOTE's phone number is (301) 652-6611 (x2914). Graduates of the program will be eligible 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 adversely affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Clinical fieldwork placements will be provided, as safely available, to our students and may require variations in dates for starting and for completion of the clinical rotations. In addition, simulation may be utilized for the completion of level I fieldwork

 

Master of Science (MS):  Occupational Therapy (OT) (95 Total Hours)

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Title Hours
OT 500 Occupational in Context 3
OT 501  Occupational Development 4
OT 509 Occupational Therapy Foundations 3
OT 511 Musculoskeletal Assessment  1
OT 513 Musculoskeletal Experiential Learning 2
OT 517 Occupational Evaluation I 3
     
      Total Hours  16

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Title Hours
OT 505 Scientific Inquiry I 2
OT 506 Research Design 1
OT 507 ADL/IADL Eval & Intervention Pediatrics 2
OT 508 Experiential Learning-Peds 2
OT 515 Psychosocial Eval & Interventions 3
OT 526 OT for Adults 2
OT 528 Adult Experiential Learning 2
OT 535 Foundations Low Vision Rehab 2
OT 521-101 Practicum I 1
      Total Hours 17 

First Year - Summer Semester

Course ID Course Title Hours
OT 525 Documentation 3
OT 552 School Based OT 3
OT 553 OT and the Older Adult 2
OT 554 OT & Older Adult Experiential Learning 2
OT 551  Practicum Psycho/Social 1
  One Elective course -OT 590 or AHP 510 1
     
     
      Total Hours 12 

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Title Hours
OT 504 Neuroscience Basis of Occupational Performance 3
OT 545 Scientific Inquiry II 2
OT 547 Research Implementation 1
OT 557 OT for the Young Child 3
OT 558 Technology 3
OT 567 OT UE Injuries/Work 2
OT 568 UE Injuries/Work Experiential Learning 2
OT 531-101 Practicum 1
      Total Hours 17 

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Title Hours
OT 539  Professional Development Seminar 1
OT 571 Interprofessional Collaboration and Practice 1
OT 572  OT Child/Adolescent 2
OT 573 OT in Acute Care 2
OT 574 OT and Wellness 3
OT 575 OT Advanced Professional Writing 2
OT 576 Research Analysis and Presentation 1
OT 577 Management and Supervision 3
OT 578 Intervention Competencies 2
      Total Hours 17 

Second Year - Summer Semester

Course ID Course Title Hours
OT 550 Level II Fieldwork (A) 6
OT 581 OT Clinical Practice I (online) 2
     
     
     
     
     
      Total Hours

Third Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Title Hours
OT 555  Level II Fieldwork (B) 6
OT 581 OT Clinical Practice II (online) 2
     
     
     
     
      Total Hours

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
     
     
     
     
     
     
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Notes
*Recommended Course 
**See Degree Requirements 
 
 
 
Department of Occupational Therapy Staff (251) 445-9222
Chair Donna A. Wooster, PhD.
Associate Professor Wooster
Assistant Professors Hall, O'Connor, Taylor, Somerville
Instructors Deacy, Thompson

Department of Occupational Therapy website
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth/ot

Occupational Therapy is a health care profession devoted to providing skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all aspects of their lives. Occupational therapists work with persons with acute and chronic physical, psychosocial, mental and developmental disabilities. 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; or create activities that are designed to restore mental health for persons with emotional, mental, or substance abuse problems. Occupational therapy focuses on "skills for the job of living" which includes all of the necessary skills for individuals to "live life to its fullest" and lead independent and satisfying lives.

The Master of Science degree program in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) 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 95 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. All Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 12 months following completion of academic requirements.

The program is designed to accommodate applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in another field.

Criteria for admission

A new class of MSOT students begins each year in the fall semester. Applications are available in July each year for fall of the following year.  Selected applicants, who meet all academic admission requirements, may be invited for an interview. Students offered admission may choose to guarantee a seat by submitting a matriculation fee (applied toward tuition) or be placed on the alternate list. All students accepted to the program must complete a criminal background check. Admission is contingent on the background check being clear of criminal charges.  Admissions information  is available on the Occupational Therapy Department website with instructions.  

The Master of Rehabilitation Sciences in Occupational Therapy is aimed at providing students with rich, robust, clinically relevant, and evidence-based learning experiences. Graduates will have a strong understanding of entry-level and advanced clinical services, will utilize evidence-based research relevant to the field, demonstrate leadership skills that impact delivery of high quality care for patients, and develop skills needed to serve as a patient educator, clinical educator, or faculty member. This program is intended to support international clinicians and academicians wishing to gain further experience with a variety of disorders and principles of rehabilitation. This program is not accredited by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education and does not lead to licensure or certification in the United States. Graduation from this program does not guarantee admission to a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy or Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. Students enrolled in this program are not eligible for federal financial aid. Admission to the RSOT program is on a competitive basis. For admissions information, visit the department’s website.

The RSOT program is an in-residence program requiring 30 credit hours. The program runs August to July and is divided into three semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer).