Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, Connecticut, offers an entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy designed for persons with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than occupational therapy. This 2-year, full time program prepares students to master entry-level clinical practice skills and develop beginning level skills in leadership and research in occupational therapy (OT).
What is Unique about Sacred Heart University's Occupational Therapy Program?
The graduate program in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University is extremely innovative in its curriculum design, in its approach to learning, and in its responsiveness to societal and demographic trends as well as to the changes in the profession's clinical practice arenas.
The curriculum utilizes a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach. PBL incorporates small group tutorials led by expert faculty members or clinical practitioners, designed to bridge course content with practice by having students actively engage in the clinical reasoning process through case studies.
Students solve clinical problems through self-directed and peer group study, evidence-based research and discussion in order to integrate a theoretical and foundational knowledge base into the application of occupational therapy assessment and intervention strategies and skills.
Students actively engage in and develop the clinical reasoning skills requisite to team collaboration, leadership and evidenced-based practice.
Accredited under the “Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist-2006” by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
# of Credits Required:
International Student Requirements:
Students holding an undergraduate degree from outside the United States must have their academic credentials verified and evaluated by an independent evaluation service. Sacred Heart University accepts course-by-course evaluations from World Education Service (WES). You can review their procedure and complete the necessary application process on the WES website.
All international graduate applicants for whom English is not their native language are required to submit an official test score report from one of the following exams: TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, Pearson PTE or iTEP exam.
The following minimum scores are accepted:
TOEFL PBT: 570
TOEFL iBT: 90
Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial Aid Offered: Yes
Classification: Master's College or University I
Loans Offered: Scholarships, discounts, grants, employment, loans, or payment plans are available. FASFA code: 001403