The Saint Francis University entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy program was established in 1996. Eligible students holding an earned baccalaureate degree with the necessary prerequisite coursework may be admitted to the first year of the professional curriculum based on space available. The professional curriculum consists of two years of intense professional occupational therapy study which integrates practical fieldwork experiences in a variety of settings. Six months of full-time fieldwork experience as well as submission and defense of a scholarly project will be required.
A Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree will be awarded upon successful completion of the 2-year professional curriculum. Students are prepared for occupational therapy as generalists. The occupational therapy program covers 6 semesters (including summer terms) for a total of 72 credits. The uniquely designed courses totally immerse the student in occupational therapy. Classes are all-day, 5 days a week. This schedule provides the luxury of easily moving between class and laboratory sections to reinforce material being taught. Recurring modules of the OT process, fieldwork, research, technology, management/leadership, ethics, personal goal development, and resume writing reinforce professional behaviors.
Students begin the program in the summer term (usually mid-June). Full-time study is required. While the entire curriculum is taught on campus, selected educational experiences may occasionally require short-distance travel to local health care facilities. All clinical education coursework requires travel to clinical sites for practical experience.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume entry-level positions in a variety of diverse health and human service settings. Graduates of the program will be 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 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 Certification Examination.
Candidates should apply for admission by November 15 for the following summer semester. See our website to obtain the application.
Saint Francis University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Master of Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-2682.
International Student Requirements:
International students must send their transcripts to an international agency where the transcripts will be converted to the American academic scale. We recommend World Education Services, 1-800-937-3897. In addition to meeting the requirements for admission, international students must submit satisfactory scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.), administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey. Applicants whose native language is English are exempt from this requirement. International students should apply for admissions and the required testing well in advance in order to ensure evaluation of their credentials in a time frame which is equitable to themselves and the admissions committee.
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Saint Francis University offers an affordable master's degree program. Once you have been accepted, we will schedule a time for you to talk with our financial aid office to assist you in making your education affordable. FAFSA Code: 003366