Occupational Therapy - Master of Science
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program is eight semesters (30 months) long with extensive clinical experiences woven throughout academic coursework. The last two semesters of the program are spent in full-time Level II fieldwork. Students should expect to incur additional expenses for books, course fees, housing and travel during clinical fieldwork. A part-time option is available on a case-by-case basis for fieldwork and students should expect to incur additional expense for tuition and fees.
A thesis option is available for students wishing to pursue independent research. Students must declare if they intend to complete the thesis option by the end of the first year in the program. Students pursuing the thesis option would delay enrollment in the OT 795 Level II Fieldwork until completion of the thesis.
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapy 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 Certificate Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
- Earned undergraduate degree (or degree completed prior to the start of the program)
- Completion of all prerequisite course work
Anatomy and Physiology 8 Physics 4 Life Span Development 3 Statistics or Principles of Research 4 Abnormal Psychology 3 Introductory Sociology or Anthropology 3
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for undergraduate studies
- No grade of less than "C" in any prerequisite coursework
- No more than two "C"s in prerequisite coursework
- Personal Potential Index (PPI)
- Complete application for admission to the Occupational Therapy Program and UW-La Crosse Graduate Studies
Twenty-four to twenty six students are admitted each year. The deadline for application to the occupational therapy program is the first Friday in January for classes beginning the following May. Factors considered in the admission process are academic success (GPA), commitment to the profession of occupational therapy, and professional abilities as demonstrated in the written narrative, resume, and Personal Potential Index (PPI). Specific deadlines, application materials, and weighting of application criteria are available at 4031 Health Science Center and with the Occupational Therapy Program.
Required coursework (in order of enrollment)
|OT 520||Introduction to Occupational Therapy||3|
|OT 521||Professional Foundations of Practice||2|
|OT 523||Human Physiology||3|
|OT 524||Human Anatomy||5|
|OT 526||Critical Analysis of Human Movement: Development, Learning and Control||2|
|OT 544||Biomechanics and Kinesiology Applications in Occupational Therapy||1|
|OT 545||Applied Biomechanics and Kinesiology in Occupational Therapy||1|
|OT 550||Scholarly Practice I: Assessment||1|
|OT 551||Applied Scholarly Practice I: Assessment||1|
|OT 570||Occupational Therapy Intervention: Group Dynamics||1|
|OT 571||Applied Occupational Therapy Intervention: Group Dynamics||1|
|OT 530||Occupational Performance Analysis||2|
|OT 531||Applied Occupational Performance Analysis||1|
|OT 515||Functional Neuroanatomy||3|
|OT 750||Scholarly Practice II: Occupational Therapy Research||2|
|OT 751||Applied Scholarly Practice II: Occupational Therapy Research||1|
|OT 660||Occupational Performance: Mental Illness||2|
|OT 661||Applied Occupational Performance: Mental Illness||1|
|OT 670||Occupational Performance: Physical Dysfunction I||2|
|OT 671||Applied Occupational Performance: Physical Dysfunction I||1|
|OT 775||Critical Analysis of Practice||1|
|OT 573||Level 1 Fieldwork: Mental Illness||1|
|OT 760||Scholarly Practice III: Research Seminar||3|
|OT 700||Physical Agent Modalities||1|
|OT 790||Level I Fieldwork: Physical Dysfunction||1|
|OT 770||Scholarly Practice IV: Evidence-Based Practice||2|
|OT 778||Impact of Psychosocial Issues on Occupation||2|
|OT 779||Applied Impact of Psychosocial Issues on Occupation||1|
|OT 730||Occupational Performance: Physical Dysfunction II||2|
|OT 731||Applied Occupational Performance: Physical Dysfunction II||1|
|OT 650||Occupations and Interventions: Pediatrics I||2|
|OT 651||Applied Occupations and Interventions: Pediatrics I||1|
|OT 640||Therapeutic Adaptations in Occupational Therapy||1|
|OT 775||Critical Analysis of Practice||1|
|OT 776||Occupations and Interventions: Older Adult||2|
|OT 777||Applied Occupations and Interventions: Older Adult||1|
|OT 791||Level I Fieldwork: Pediatrics||1|
|OT 641||Health Care Systems||3|
|OT 780||Scholarly Practice V: Scientific Writing||1|
|OT 781||Applied Scholarly Practice V: Scientific Writing||1|
|OT 785||Adult Clinical Practice||1|
|OT 786||Applied Adult Clinical Practice||1|
|OT 630||Occupational Therapy Practice: Wellness Perspectives||2|
|OT 740||Occupations and Interventions: Pediatrics II||3|
|OT 741||Applied Occupational and Interventions: Pediatrics II||1|
|OT 726||Fieldwork Seminar||1|
|OT 795||Level II Fieldwork (taken twice)||12|
OT 723 International Perspectives in Occupational Therapy is an elective course taught each spring. OT 720 Selected Topics in Occupational Therapy will be taught periodically as an elective during Fall II or Spring II semesters. OT 798 Independent Study in Occupational Therapy is taught by arrangement with occupational therapy faculty. OT 799 Research: Master's Thesis is elective and may be started in Fall II and would be repeated each semester until thesis is completed (minimum four – maximum six credits).
Degree completion requirements
Prior to granting the degree students must:
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the professional graduate program
- Successfully complete (grade of "C" or better) all didactic coursework requirements
- Successfully complete (grade of "pass") two Level II fieldwork placements (total of 24 weeks)
- Finish all Level II fieldwork within 24 months of completion of academic portion of the program
Graduate degree requirements
After being admitted to the program of one's choice, candidates for a graduate degree must:
- Complete any preliminary course work and deficiencies.
- Complete all courses and other program requirements, including residence requirements prescribed for the degree desired in the respective school or college within a seven-year period from the date of initial enrollment.
- Earn at least one-half of the minimum number of credits required in the program in graduate-only level courses (non-slash courses).
- Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.
- Satisfy thesis, seminar paper, terminal/graduate projects, or comprehensive examination, where applicable. A thesis approved by the committee must be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies for approval at least two weeks before commencement. Ordinarily, a seminar paper or project report does not have to be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. However, if the seminar paper or project report is to be archived in Murphy Library, the student must follow the same rules as they apply to the thesis requiring approval from the Director of Graduate Studies. For further research/thesis guidelines, see the Office of Graduate Studies.
- File a completed "Intent to Graduate" form online via the WINGS Student Center immediately following registration for the final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December 1.
- Pay the graduation fee and remove all other indebtedness to the university. Payment of graduation fees does not imply readiness for graduation and does not take the place of applying for graduation.
- Complete all requirements within 30 days after the official ending date of a term in order for a degree to be awarded for that term. (See #5 above for separate deadline for written capstone experience.)
|OT 520||3||OT 524||5||OT 611||2|
|OT 521||2||OT 526||2||OT 515||3|
|OT 523||3||OT 544||1||OT 750||2|
|OT 545||1||OT 751||1|
|OT 550||1||OT 660||2|
|OT 551||1||OT 661||1|
|OT 570||1||OT 670||2|
|OT 571||1||OT 671||1|
|OT 530||2||OT 775||1|
|OT 531||1||OT 573||1|
|OT 760||3||OT 770||2||OT 791||1||OT 641||3|
|OT 700||1||OT 778||2||OT 780||1|
|OT 790||1||OT 779||1||OT 781||1|
|OT 730||2||OT 785||1|
|OT 731||1||OT 786||1|
|OT 650||2||OT 630||2|
|OT 651||1||OT 740||3|
|OT 640||1||OT 741||1|
|OT 775||1||OT 726||1|
|OT 795||6||OT 795||6|
|Total Credits: 88|