Program Director: Angela Patterson, OTD, OTR/L
Graduate Study in Occupational Therapy
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy will provide foreign trained occupational therapists that have graduated from a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) accredited program an advanced degree in clinical occupational therapy practice, leadership, and education. The program will help prepare and advance foreign trained rehabilitation professionals’ clinical and academic skills and knowledge to become effective leaders in their respective organizations. The clinical focus of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is on the occupational therapy role in musculoskeletal, neurological, and psychosocial disorders across the lifespan. The academic focus of the degrees is to prepare and facilitate the development of the rehabilitation clinical scholar in academic and healthcare environments to assume leadership roles as faculty, managers, and clinical experts.
- Expand and refine foreign trained and baccalaureate prepared rehabilitation professionals’ clinical skills and healthcare knowledge.
- Enhance foreign trained and baccalaureate prepared rehabilitation professionals’ knowledge and skills in designing, implementing, and evaluating clinical interventions, program development, and service delivery across the lifespan.
- Prepare foreign trained and baccalaureate prepared rehabilitation professionals to assume roles as clinical scholars, to be critical research consumers, and collaborative research conductors.
- Advance knowledge and skills of foreign trained and baccalaureate prepared rehabilitation professionals’ in client centered and evidence based interprofessional and ethical practice.
- Facilitate foreign trained and baccalaureate prepared rehabilitation professionals’ understanding of the role of the occupational therapist in global healthcare systems, institutions, and public agencies.
- Prepare foreign trained and baccalaureate prepared rehabilitation professionals to assume educational roles as leaders in the academic, clinical, and community settings.
- Develop and demonstrate foreign trained and baccalaureate prepared rehabilitation professionals’ understanding of leadership theory and application to assume leadership roles nationally and internationally.
Preferred candidates for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy will be graduates of a WFOT accredited foreign (non-U.S.) occupational therapy program with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy.
- Completed application and non-refundable $50 application fee
- Two letters of recommendation (please use the electronic recommendation process with the online application). The recommendations should be completed and submitted by persons other than family members who are qualified to assess your performance in an academic or work setting.
- Personal Statement (minimum two pages; no longer than four pages): Based on your CV/Resume and your other application materials, we should have a good picture of where you have been and what you have done, with a focus on the goals you have set for yourself, and why this program is a good fit for you.
- Bachelor’s degree and transcripts in English for all bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s coursework, sent directly from the issuing school and containing the institution’s official stamp.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS): All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 72 iBT (200 CBT/533 PBT) or IELTS score of 6.0.