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Entry-Level Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy

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Introduction

It’s easy to take for granted everyday life activities such as driving, socializing, cooking, bathing or playing ball. When people with physical or mental challenges struggle with these basic activities, they can rely on the occupational therapists who help them return to work, be successful in school and manage daily tasks so they can lead richer, more meaningful lives.

About this program

100%


Pass Rate

Percentage of 2015 Students who passed the National Board for Certification Occupational Therapy exam

+21%


In Demand

Employment for occupational therapists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2016 to 2026. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)

$81K


Well Placed

The median annual wage for occupational therapists was $81,900 in May 2016. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017)

Program Overview

Occupational therapists work with people at all stages of life. They teach children with learning disabilities techniques to achieve in school. They provide effective strategies for the elderly to help them remain independent and active. They help regain or adapt the abilities of people with injuries or lifelong disabilities so they may participate in daily activities at work, school, home or the community.    

With the maturing of the baby boomer generation, the rise in autism diagnoses and the return of military personnel with injuries, the demand for occupational therapists is growing. 

In our  five-and-a-half-year BS/MOT program, you’ll work alongside expert faculty using modern facilities, such as our suite of life-size patient simulators and a model apartment with adaptive technologies. You’ll put theory into practice beginning in your first year with an OT class. Starting in your junior year, you’ll participate in supervised learning in community settings with our renowned clinical and community partners.

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Adrianna Vicino races 7-year-old Rosie McRackan on scooter boards

Impactful relationships

Quinnipiac graduate occupational therapy student Adrianna Vicino races 7-year-old Rosie McRackan, of Raleigh, N.C., during Camp No Limits on July 7, at the Athletic and Recreation Center on our Mount Carmel Campus. This year, 45 occupational and physical therapy graduate students provided education, mentorship and support for children with limb loss and their families during the 3-day camp. This is the third year that the university has hosted the camp.

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Summer Symposium 2018

Camp No Limits

Thirty-two children came to our Mount Carmel and York Hill campuses from across America to try new things, develop innovative skills and feel more independent. The children, partnered with 45 graduate occupational and physical therapy students, participated in three days of purposefully designed events and activities at Camp No Limits.

Camp No Limits is a national nonprofit organization that provides education, mentorship opportunities and support for children limb loss. Quinnipiac hosted it’s first camp in 2015 and has continued to grow the program on campus.

Each of the children came to the camp with at least one parent and, often, a sibling. Quinnipiac is proud to be the only university to host one of the 10 camps. Students work with occupational and physical therapy students in activities like basketball, sled hockey and adaptive ice skating, field-day activities and adaptive arts and crafts.

Quinnipiac student and a teenager with leg extenders play basketball in the Athletic and Recreation Center.

Teamwork

Stephanie Shaw, an occupational therapy major, plays basketball with Ashley Mercedes while volunteering during Camp No Limits at the Athletic and Recreation Center.

Newman's Own Logo

Newman's Own Foundation recently awarded The Center for Interprofessional Healthcare a $12,500 grant to provide scholarships and adaptive sports materials for Camp No Limits at the university. The grant will support families to attend the camp as well as adaptive arts, crafts and sports for the children with limb loss.

Curriculum and Requirements

Dual-Degree BS/MOT Curriculum

The curriculum for the professional courses in the program are reviewed regularly and are subject to modification in both content and credit as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience and keep current with best practices in the profession.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
OT 101 Foundations of Occupational Therapy 2
UC Course 1 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
BIO 102
& 102L
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
MA 275 Biostatistics 3
OT 214 Professionalism in Occupational Therapy 2
UC Course 2 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall Semester
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
PHY 101
& 101L
Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Lab
4
OT 201 Occupation, Health, Participation 2
UC Course 3 3
UC Course 4 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
OT 250 Occupational Therapy Framework and Activity Analysis 3
UC Course 5 3
UC Course 6 3
UC Course 7 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall Semester
OT 322
& 322L
Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology I
and Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab I
4
OT 325 Principles Human Development and Occupation 3
OT 333
& 333L
Functional Neuroscience I
and Functional Neuroscience I Lab
4
OT 350 Theoretical Models and Service Learning 2
UC Course 8 3
 Credits16
Spring Semester
OT 314 Therapeutic Relationships and Use of Self 2
OT 323
& 323L
Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology II
and Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab II
4
OT 326 Principles of Human Development/Older Adults 3
OT 334 Functional Neuroscience II 2
OT 356F Documenting OT Practice Fieldwork 1
OT 362 Documenting Occupational Therapy Practice 1
QU 420 Integrative Capstone 3
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
OT 411
& 411L
Mental Health and Psychosocial Occupational Therapy I
and Mental Health and Psychosocial Occupational Therapy I Lab
4
OT 431 Barriers to Health, Occupation and Participation in Children and Youth Populations 4
OT 451
& 451L
Occupational Therapy Process in Children and Youth
and Occupational Therapy Process in Children and Youth Lab
7
OT 451F Occupational Therapy Process in Children and Youth Fieldwork 1
 Credits16
Spring Semester
OT 412
& 412L
Mental Health and Psychosocial Occupational Therapy II
and Mental Health and Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Lab II
4
OT 432 Barriers to Health, Occupation and Participation in Adults/Older Adults 4
OT 452
& 452L
Occupational Therapy Process in Adults and Older Adults
and Occupational Therapy Process in Adults and Older Adults Lab
7
OT 452F Occupational Therapy Process in Adult and Older Adult Fieldwork 1
 Credits16
 Total Credits126

Upon successful completion of the fourth year, the BS in Health Science Studies is awarded. Award of this degree leads to matriculation into the graduate level of the program. Completion of all of the requirements for the BS degree are required to move to 500-level fieldwork and courses.

Summer Between Fourth & Graduate Year

Plan of Study Grid
Fourth Year
Summer SemesterCredits
OT 501F Immersive Fieldwork Experience in Psychosocial and Mental Health Practice (Fieldwork IIa) 1 3
OT 501S Fieldwork Seminar 1
OT 502 Pharmacology in Occupational Therapy Practice 2
 Credits6
 Total Credits6
1

Six-eight week supervised clinical experience. All clinical policies must be followed according to the OT program manual. Placement will be determined by the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Plan of Study Grid
Fifth Year
Fall SemesterCredits
Graduate Year:  
OT 511 Administration and Management in Occupational Therapy 4
OT 522L Biomechanical Interventions in Occupational Therapy 2
OT 531
& 531L
Sensory Processing and Integration
and Sensory Processing and Integration Lab
4
OT 531F Sensory Processing and Integration Fieldwork 1
OT 541 Assistive Technology in Occupational Therapy 2
OT 541L Assistive Technology in Occupational Therapy Lab 1
OT 550 OT Research Methods 4
 Credits18
Spring Semester
Graduate Year:  
OT 532
& 532L
Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy
and Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy Lab
4
OT 532F Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy Practice Fieldwork 1
OT 540 Special Topics in Occupational Therapy 3
OT 542 Work and Ergonomics 3
OT 556 Professional Development 3
OT 570 Capstone Graduate Projects 3
 Credits17
Summer Semester
Following Graduate Year:  
OT 580 Fieldwork Level IIb 2 6
 Credits6
Sixth Year
Fall Semester
(Following Graduate Year)  
OT 581 Fieldwork Level IIa 2 6
 Credits6
 Total Credits47
2

Twelve weeks of full-time supervised experience. All FWII policies must be followed according to the OT program manual available from the chairperson.

Progression, Retention and Graduation Requirements

All policies and procedures regarding progression, retention and graduation are found in the OT Student Manual. These policies and procedures are routinely reviewed with the students at the beginning of each semester and/or during advising.

University Curriculum and OT Prerequisite Phase

Prior to entry in the junior year, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • complete a minimum of 40 credits of the University Curriculum, all OT prerequisites and all OT foundational courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0;
  • all foundational OT courses must be at a grade of B- or better; and
  • achieve a minimum science GPA of 2.75. Courses that are considered in the science GPA are BIO 101 +BIO 101L, BIO 102 + BIO 102L and all the OT prerequisites

Professional Component and Fieldwork Phases

To progress through the program, students must meet the minimum semester GPA of 3.0 and must earn a grade of C+ or above in all didactic courses and B+ or above in all fieldwork level I courses. In addition, all students must acquire a “Pass” in their fieldwork level II. Failing to meet the aforementioned requirements will result in a referral to the Occupational Therapy Progression and Retention Committee (PRC). The outcome of such referral may be: program probation with course remediation; a program probation with a course repeat (and repay); or a program dismissal.

All courses must be taken sequentially as indicated in the program of study. Students may request in writing to the department chairperson, any deviations from the course sequence, waivers from occupational therapy courses, and/or transfer credits from other occupational therapy programs. All requests must be approved by the Occupational Therapy PRC and the department chairperson.

Successful completion of all didactic and fieldwork requirements is necessary for graduation with the degree of Master of Occupational Therapy.

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Accreditation

The entry-level professional combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. ACOTE's address is c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number is 301-652-6611 (ext. 2914), fax number is 301-652-1417, email is accred@aota.org and its website is www.acoteonline.org. ACOTE awarded the program a 10-year, full accreditation in August 2009. The next evaluation will be in 2018–2019.

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 the NBCOT exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state license eligibility is usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification exam or attain state licensure. Criminal background checks are required prior to the start of the student's Fieldwork Level I experience in the junior year and are updated, if required, before each Fieldwork Level II experience.

Admissions Requirements

The high school student applying for admission to the occupational therapy program should present four years of mathematics and four years of science. The general Quinnipiac University requirements for admissions must be met. All students applying for admission are strongly encouraged to have at least 20 hours of observation in occupational therapy. The department is prepared to provide reasonable accommodations for students who have special needs or challenges.

Transfer students from within Quinnipiac


The BS/MOT program at Quinnipiac and occupational therapy as a career choice have both steadily increased in popularity over the years. To ensure that the program is meeting national quality standards, our total enrollment is capped and regulated by our accrediting body, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Both Quinnipiac and ACOTE want to make sure that the resources are available for the number of students enrolled and that we are in the best position to serve the academic needs of our current students. Acceptance into the BS/MOT program as a transfer student is made on a space-available basis.

Questions


For further information, please contact Professor Roseanna Tufano, associate department chair.

Program Outcomes

Graduate Outcomes

Graduating Year

Students Graduated/Entered1

Graduation Rate

2017

65/70

93%

2016

81/90

90%

2015

60/63

95%

2014

56/63

89%

2013

65/67

97%

Graduation Rate from the past 3 years (2015-2017): 92.37%

  • Total No. of Students Graduating: 206
  • Total No. of Students Entering: 223

1The denominator represents students who entered the professional phase of the 5.5-year BS/MOT program at the junior year. This total combines students who were admitted as freshmen and those who transferred into the program.

The National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy only posts the names of successful candidates. The final count of new grads taking the exam is provided at the end of the calendar year. Information about the program's performance in the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam may be accessed and verified through: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx