|Department of Occupational Therapy Staff
||Donna A. Wooster, PhD.
||Hall, O'Connor, Taylor, Somerville
Department of Occupational Therapy website
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
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).