Create the next step in your career with Mount Mary University’s Professional Entry Occupational Therapy program. 

NEW! You are able to choose a degree path that matches your professional goals with either the Master of Science (M.S.) degree or the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)*.

 

The M.S. in Occupational Therapy features:

  • The largest occupational therapy program in the state of Wisconsin
  • On-campus coursework and individual attention from faculty to support you to achieve success
  • A faculty-arranged, 6-month fieldwork experience where you can put textbook knowledge into practice
  • Online distance learning during your fieldwork that connects classroom knowledge to fieldwork practice
  • Faculty who have exceptional practice expertise, preparing graduates to navigate complex practice in diverse settings
  • Graduates who work in diverse practice settings, including hospitals, schools, nursing facilities, home health care and behavioral care

The 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

 

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.

Accreditation

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its 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). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.