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 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
Non-occupational therapists are eligible for the Professional Master's Degree Program, which includes required prerequisite and elective 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, P.O. Box 31220,
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE’s phone number is 301-652-AOTA.
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
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 clinical placements for Level I fieldwork while completing your course work and spend an additional six months in two professional internships for Level II fieldwork.
Take advantage of the many opportunities offered in the nation's top medical settings, including Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Kennedy Krieger Institute, University of Maryland Medical Center and the National Children's Hospital. 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.