About this program
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.
Faculty Spotlight: Tracy Van Oss
Strengthening communities at home and abroad
Throughout her career, Professor Tracy Van Oss has used occupational therapy to counter chronic disease, poverty, homelessness and other issues in the U.S. and around the world.
Recently, she received the International Service Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) for her commitment to international OT promotion, global health engagement and OT education.
For Van Oss, the real reward has been taking her students into the community to see how impactful OT services are to the most vulnerable populations. Partnerships she has formed over the years enable her to teach experiential courses at sites such as the M.L. Keefe Community Center in Hamden, which provides educational, recreational and social services to residents, and Columbus House, a homeless shelter in New Haven.
“By preparing students to actively engage in community-based settings and learn from one another, I know they can make a difference,” said Van Oss.
Van Oss also facilitates a service learning trip to Barbados each year, where her students assist her in the development of OT programming at various in-patient and outpatient sites, and learn first-hand the role of OT in managing chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
Additionally, Van Oss and her students have presented on a range of OT-related subjects affecting world populations, including the 2015 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, in Barcelona, and the United Nations 58th Commission on Social Development in 2020.
“It’s ideal for students to gain a global perspective to enhance their understanding of an array of health issues and become more responsive citizens,” Van Oss said. “My hope is for them to contribute to their own communities in some way once they graduate from Quinnipiac.”
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.
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.
|General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
|EN 102||Academic Writing and Research||3|
|OT 214||Professionalism in Occupational Therapy Practice||2|
|UC Course 2||3|
|General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
|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|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
|OT 250||Occupational Therapy Framework and Activity Analysis||3|
|UC Course 5||3|
|UC Course 6||3|
|UC Course 7||3|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
|Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Lab
|OT 201||Occupation, Health, Participation||2|
|UC Course 3||3|
|UC Course 4||3|
|OT 314||Therapeutic Relationships and Use of Self||2|
|Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology II
and Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab II
|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|
|SHS 420||Integrative Capstone||3|
|Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology I
and Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab I
|OT 325||Principles of Human Development and Occupation||3|
|Functional Neuroscience I
and Functional Neuroscience I Lab
|OT 350||Theoretical Models and Service Learning||2|
|UC Course 8||3|
|Mental Health and Psychosocial Occupational Therapy II
and Mental Health and Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Lab II
|OT 432||Barriers to Health, Occupation and Participation in Adults/Older Adults||4|
|Occupational Therapy Process in Adults and Older Adults
and Occupational Therapy Process in Adults and Older Adults Lab
|OT 452F||Occupational Therapy Process in Adult and Older Adult Fieldwork||1|
|Mental Health and Psychosocial Occupational Therapy I
and Mental Health and Psychosocial Occupational Therapy I Lab
|OT 431||Barriers to Health, Occupation and Participation in Children and Youth Populations||4|
|Occupational Therapy Process in Children and Youth
and Occupational Therapy Process in Children and Youth Lab
|OT 451F||Occupational Therapy Process in Children and Youth Fieldwork||1|
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.
Master of Occupational Therapy Phase
|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|
|OT 511||Administration and Management in Occupational Therapy||4|
|OT 522L||Biomechanical Interventions in Occupational Therapy||2|
|Sensory Processing and Integration
and Sensory Processing and Integration Lab
|OT 531F||Sensory Processing and Integration Fieldwork||1|
|Assistive Technology in Occupational Therapy
and Assistive Technology in Occupational Therapy Lab
|OT 550||OT Research Methods||4|
|Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy
and Neurorehabilitation in Occupational Therapy Lab
|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|
|Following Graduate Year:|
|OT 580||Fieldwork Level IIa 2||6|
|(Following Graduate Year)|
|OT 581||Fieldwork Level IIb 2||6|
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.
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 Academic Progression and Retention Committee (APRC). 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 APRC and the department chairperson.
Successful completion of all didactic and fieldwork requirements is necessary for graduation with the degree of Master of Occupational Therapy.
Additional course details
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
For further information, please contact Professor Roseanna Tufano, associate department chair.
Graduation Rate from the past 3 years (2016-2018): 91%
- Total No. of Students Graduating: 222
- Total No. of Students Entering: 244
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