College of Health Professions

Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science

Occupational Therapy Combined B.S./M.S.

The Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science currently offers
a Combined B.S./M.S. Program designed to provide a liberal education and develop professional
competence. The program of study leads to a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupation and Wellbeing
and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE’s phone number is 301-652-AOTA.

Occupational therapy is a profession that demands its practitioners have clinical competencies as well as academic knowledge. In addition to satisfactory completion of course work, students must demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors and skills prior to beginning clinical/ internship experiences. Students who have lower than a 3.00 GPA will not be permitted to enroll in OCTH 435/436. (Level II Fieldwork) In the event that students lack appropriate professional behaviors and/or skills and/or do not have satisfactory academic performance in one or more required courses, recommendations for remedial courses of action will be made.

Level II Fieldwork is a full-time commitment often requiring additional time for preparation on the evenings and weekends.  Students are advised to eliminate employment during this time.  While local sites (within 90 miles of the university) are available, students may need to be assigned out of the local area or out of the state for one or both of the fieldwork experiences.  A lottery system is used for placing students in Level II Fieldwork who wish to remain in the local area.

Graduates of the program are 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, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. (Persons convicted of felonies may be unable to sit for the certification examination and should inquire in advance of program entry regarding eligibility.)

updated July 22, 2011

Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
Enrollment Services, Room 245

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2762
Fax: 410-704-2322



Lynne Murphy

Enrollment Services

Room 247






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