Why Earn a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy?
With a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy, you will be prepared for a rewarding career in one of the fastest growing fields in health care. Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, and in the community. Committed to academic and professional growth, Towson's graduate program in occupational therapy provides students with extensive laboratory experience and access to research opportunities throughout the Baltimore-Washington area.
Learn more about Occupational Therapy by visiting the American Occupational Therapy Association website.
The Professional Master's Degree program is designed for students without a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy and includes required prerequisite and course work.
The Professional Master's Degree in occupational therapy is accredited 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 phone number (in care of AOTA) is 301-652-AOTA. The web address is www.acoteonline.org.
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.)
Learning that Works
Students who are successful in the program are able to interact with diverse populations, are committed to social justice, and demonstrate a high degree of professionalism, ethics, and integrity. Additionally, successful students are able to devote their time and energy to a rigorous academic program and achieve a high level of academic and fieldwork performance.
By working closely with faculty in small classroom settings, you will gain the essential skills to succeed in clinical practice, research, education or administration. Many courses combine online learning with classroom instruction. Occupational therapy students have presented at the AOTA national conference and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress.
To prepare for your career, you will get hands-on experience in three fieldwork placements for Level I fieldwork while completing your course work and spend an additional six months in two full time professional internships for Level II fieldwork. Take advantage of the many opportunities offered in the nation's top health care settings, including Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Kennedy Krieger Institute, University of Maryland Medical Center and the National Children's Hospital. It is expected that students are able to travel within a 90 mile radius of the university for Level II fieldwork placements.
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.
The majority of occupational therapy students have job offers before they graduate, gaining employment in hospitals, community-based programs, assisted living centers, rehabilitation centers, early intervention programs, and public and private schools.