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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Degree Requirements

Mount Mary University’s occupational therapy curriculum is designed around a developmental education philosophy with core expectations identified at each level:

  • In your first year, you will learn and apply theories of practice to a broad spectrum of clients with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on evaluating and planning treatment for individuals, and developing a therapeutic style.
  • In your second year, you will focus on synthesis of multiple factors in delivering care. The emphasis is on addressing complex problems and developing professional competence and a personal practice style. You will analyze treatment efficacy and apply occupational-based theory to preferred practice settings. Emphasis is placed on enhancing evidence-based practice, leadership and responsibility to the profession and its clients.

Degree Requirements & Completion Time

A Master of Science in Occupational Therapy requires a minimum of 66 credits. Completion time is typically two calendar years. Courses are offered once a year at Mount Mary and are grouped into two day-long blocks each week.

During fieldwork, you will submit weekly written reflections using the University’s online learning management system.

The following is a sample curriculum sequence:

  • Spring First Year (14 credits)—Courses in applied kinesiology, clinical reasoning, psychosocial practice, gerontology and therapeutic skills
  • Summer First Year (8 credits)—Courses in orthopedics, rehabilitation skills and neuroconcepts 
  • Fall Second Year (13 credits)—Courses in clinical problem solving, physical medicine, neurorehabilitation, professional ethics and practice and advanced practice
  • Spring Second Year (12 credits)—Two fieldwork experiences with required weekly postings, monitored by faculty
  • Summer Second Year (5 credits)—Culminating project and culminating practice

Find out more in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Curriculum Sequence (PDF). Also see degree requirements and a listing of courses in the Graduate Bulletin (PDF). 

Transfer Credits

All transfer credits must meet the minimum grade requirements for OT admission, and must be documented with official transcripts. Credit earned prior to admission will be evaluated during the admission process only.