About this program
A high percent of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2015 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)
Percentage of 2015 Students who passed the National Board for Certification Occupational Therapy exam
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.
2017-18 Program of Study
In an effort to remain current with professional practice and health care trends, as well as address the needs of our current and future students, the occupational therapy department redesigned the undergraduate portion of its curriculum. The new program of study features a stronger link between the university curriculum and major, and a more profound integration of theory and practice in the professional core courses.
Curriculum and Requirements
Entry-level Master’s in Occupational Therapy Curriculum
|General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
|EN 101||Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing||3|
|UC Social Sciences||3|
|FYS 101||First Year Seminar||3|
|OT 111||Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy||1|
|General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
|EN 102||Academic Writing and Research||3|
|UC Social Sciences||3|
|OT 112||Occupation-Based Activity||1|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
|UC Fine Arts||3|
|OT 210||Therapeutic Use of Self (SL: Service Learning)||2|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
|OT 214||Professionalism in Occupational Therapy||2|
|Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Lab
|Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology I
and Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab I
|OT 325||Principles Human Development and Occupation||3|
|OT 335||Functional Neuroanatomy||3|
|Theory, Occupation and Wellness
and Theory, Occupation and Wellness Seminar
|The Occupational Therapy Framework
and OT Community Experience Lab
|Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology II
and Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab II
|OT 326||Principles of Human Development/Older Adults||3|
|OT 336||Functional Neurobehavior||3|
|OT 356F||Documenting OT Practice Fieldwork||1|
|OT 361||Group Dynamics||2|
|OT 362||Documenting Occupational Therapy Practice||1|
|OT 364||Problem-Based Learning: Risk Factor Human Occupation||1|
|OT 415||Health Conditions I||6|
|OT Evaluation Process
and Evaluative Process Lab
and Evaluative Process Fieldwork
|OT 445||Applied Theory in OT||3|
|OT 416||Health Conditions II||6|
and Intervention Process Lab
and Intervention Strategies Fieldwork
and Group Process Lab
|OT 467||PBL Health Conditions and Occupation II||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.
Summer Between Fourth & Graduate Year
|OT 501F||Immersive Learning in Psychosocial/ Mental Health Practice Fieldwork 1||3|
|OT 501S||Immersive Learning in Psychosocial/ Mental Health Practice Seminar||1|
|OT 502||Pharmacology in Occupational Therapy Practice||2|
Six-eight week supervised clinical experience. All clinical policies must be followed according to the OT program manual. Placement will be determined by the OT department.
|OT 510||Laws & Regulations in OT||2|
|OT 511||Administration & Management in OT||4|
|Integrative Interventions: Sensory and Rehabilitation
and Intervention: Sensory Integration and Rehabilitation Fieldwork
and Intervention: Sensory Integration and Rehabilitation Lab
|OT 550||OT Research||4|
|OT 560||Contemporary Modalities Lab,Contemporary Modalities||1|
|Intervention: Ergonomics and Assistive Technology
and Intervention: Ergonomics and Assistive Technology Fieldwork
and Intervention: Orthotic Lab
|OT 556||Professional Development||3|
|OT 540||Special Topics in Occupational Therapy||3|
|OT 565||Integrative Case Studies||2|
|OT 570||Capstone Graduate Projects||3|
|Following Graduate Year:|
|OT 580||Fieldwork Level II||6|
|(Following Graduate Year)|
|OT 581||Fieldwork Level II||6|
Twelve weeks of full-time supervised experience. All FWII policies must be followed according to the OT program manual available from the chairperson.
All fieldwork must be completed within 12 months from completion of course work.
All course work and fieldwork must be completed with grades as stated in the occupational therapy program manual. Retention and dismissal criteria are also written in the occupational therapy program manual which is available from the chairperson. Any variations in the program of study leading to the MOT must be approved by the Occupational Therapy Retention and Progression committee. The occupational therapy course work must be completed in the sequence provided on a full-time basis. The only exceptions, which require approval from the Occupational Therapy Retention and Progression Committee, may be transfer students.
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 email@example.com 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.
To transfer into the BS/MOT program, applicants must apply by May 15. Acceptance into the program is based on two factors: space availability and satisfactory attainment of the transfer admission criteria. The criteria for application is as follows:
- GPA of 3.0 or higher;
- Satisfactory completion of all of the science prerequisites including BIO 211 (lecture/lab), BIO 212 (lecture/lab), PHY 101 (lecture/lab) and MA 275 Biostatistics. Students who are in process of completing these prerequisites at the time of their application may be granted provisional acceptance. A combined science GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.
- Completion of 10-20 hours of observation in occupational therapy; and
- A 500-word essay on how the profession of occupational therapy matches their individual strengths and personal goals.
Our space is evaluated at the end of each semester (December-January and May-June) after all final grades for current students are known and, in addition, when the incoming freshman admission numbers are determined. Therefore, transfer applicants will be notified no later than the end of June.
In the interim, the department routinely holds information sessions to provide professional guidance as to the different pathways you could take to get into occupational therapy in general, such as freestanding master's programs, entry-level doctorate programs or occupational therapy assistant programs.
For further information, please contact Professor Roseanna Tufano, associate department chair.
Graduation Rate from the past 3 years (2014-2016): 90.85%
- Total No. of Students Graduating: 278
- Total No. of Students Entering: 306
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.
New Grads Taking/
New Grads Passing
Passing Rate at
within 1 year
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