Prospective students trained as occupational therapists internationally, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, or prospective students who have taken occupational therapy coursework elsewhere should contact the OT Department to determine if prior coursework or work experience will be granted credit.
The OTD Program does admit students who may have completed occupational therapy or occupational therapy related coursework and fieldwork from other universities both within the United States and Internationally. Because of differences in curriculum designs or accreditation standards, courses do not always clearly articulate with one another between institutions. The following steps will occur to ensure fair and consistent evaluation of previous coursework when a student inquires and/or is admitted into the OTD program.
Occupation is a channel which directs people to better social inclusion, which in turn can result in dignity, independence, and social contribution (Waddell and Aylward, 2005) and one of the core foundations of Occupational Therapy is the necessity and value of occupations and re-engagement in occupation as an essential intervention (Ross, 20...
5. The final pillar of the educational conceptual framework is Inquiry Based Learning, which is a student-centred, active learning approach focusing on questioning, critical thinking and problem solving. Although it shares features with problem-based learning, the approach is most often used in the McMaster Occupational Therapy Program in large-group classes. Students are engaged in learning that may begin with lecture or presentation by faculty, but readily moves into group discussions, team-based learning, or student presentations to support competency development.
4. Experiential Learning is another important pillar of the McMaster Occupational Therapy Program. Students are engaged in numerous “hands on” learning experiences throughout their education. This includes classroom and community-based sessions that are part of university-based terms; in addition, clinical education offers rich experiential learning opportunities over 28 weeks of practica experience in four different settings. An important component of experiential learning is reflection; it is only through reflection on what was done, accomplished, observed or learned that a student can more readily generalize and build on the learning. Throughout university-based and practica courses, students are expected to engage in reflections which support them to consolidate and generalize their development as professionals.
Two levels of fieldwork are required of occupational therapy students enrolled at St. Ambrose University. The fieldwork curriculum is comprised of 24 weeks plus a 16-week experiential component.
The curriculum for the occupational therapy assistant program covers a period of two years and is designed to lead toward an associate of applied science degree. Students will engage in coursework for a period of four semesters followed by a fifth semester of full-time and fieldwork at health care facilities in the community.
Applications must be submitted to the Occupational Therapy Department, located in Caldwell 111 (), no later than March 1 before 12:00 noon.
Both programs have been educating future therapists for over 15 years and are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
The entry-level doctoral program is a full-time day program for those who have completed a bachelor’s degree at a regionally accredited college or university in any major.
The master’s degree program is designed exclusively for licensed occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) who have also received initial certification by NBCOT.
Applications for the upcoming cohort of occupational therapy students will be accepted upon the opening of the OTCAS cycle (usually in July/August) through December 1st of each year. Applications received by December 1st are given priority; however, applications will be accepted until the class is filled. Applicants can request to be a part of an early decision admissions cycle, if qualified, by meeting a September 15th deadline. A limited number of early decision spaces are available. An early decision applicant will automatically be considered in the general admissions cycle if they are not accepted early.
*NOTE: Applicants are NOT required to be an Occupational Therapy Assistant, or earn an associate’s degree in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, to apply to the MOT program.
The Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy (MSc(OT)) is a full-time two year course-based Master’s degree. The program prepares students to be eligible to practice as occupational therapists, and meets professional accreditation and practice standards.
If accepted into the master's program, the Life Sciences, B.S. degree will be conferred upon successful completion of your first professional year in the Occupational Therapy, M.S. program.
You'll begin coursework learning the Professional Foundation. This includes the domain and process of occupational therapy and the science of the human body that support occupational performance. Students advance to applying their knowledge during classroom and laboratory experiences.
The following semesters emphasize Occupational Engagement: A Fit between Person and Environment. These include courses that examine the client and environmental factors that impact occupational participation, including evidence that guides assessment and intervention strategies that promote occupational engagement considering typical development, as well as the impact of disease, injury, or illness.