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.

 

Important Information About a Planned Addition of an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Degree:

The entry-level occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program has applied for accreditation 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 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Beginning January 16, 2019, the submission of application materials will be for consideration of admission to the proposed OTD program, which is projected to begin in August of 2020. Final approval for admission to the OTD program is contingent upon ACOTE approval and is projected to be December 2019. 

The OTD program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its OTD graduates 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). The entry-level master’s program remains accredited throughout the transition timeline and would qualify candidates to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

 

The proposed entry-level OTD program features:

  • interprofessional collaboration to develop policies and systems
  • synthesis of theory and relevant literature to design solutions for practice challenges
  • exploration of challenges that go beyond conventional practice boundaries
  • Specialty practice focus, including physical rehabilitation, children and youth, emerging practice, wellness, and aging

Comparison of Entry-Level Master of Science (M.S.) and Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Programs*

 
M.S.
OTD
Total Program Length:
28 months
33 months
Total Credits:
73
93
Features:
Culminating Project Portfolio
Doctoral Capstone Project

 

 *The entry-level occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program has applied for accreditation 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 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Degree Requirements & Completion Time

A Master of Science (M.S.) in Occupational Therapy requires a minimum of 73 credits. Completion time is 28 months (if attending full-time). An Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) requires a minimum of 93 credits and 33 months (if attending full-time). For both programs, courses 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. For degree requirements and a listing of courses, please refer to the Graduate Bulletin (PDF) and Curriculum Sheet.

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.