Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists are health professionals who are licensed to provide services to treat clients with mental, physical, emotional or developmental issues or disabilities and to promote health through the use of everyday activities. Occupational therapists work to develop, recover, improve and enhance the skills needed for participation in daily living in individuals across the lifespan. They work in a variety of settings, ranging from schools and pediatric hospitals, to locations such as the homes of individual clients, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, businesses, and nursing homes.
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is designed to prepare graduates to become registered and licensed occupational therapist practitioners. The graduate-level curriculum of 68 credits is divided into six semesters, including a summer semester, of didactic instruction plus six months of Level II fieldwork placements which must be completed within 18 months following completion of the didactic instruction. The full-time, on-campus program is offered weekdays and evenings, providing a sequential curriculum that integrates laboratory experiences with classroom instruction.
The mission of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Hofstra University is to facilitate the development of effective, compassionate, evidence-based practitioners with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and competencies needed to be lifelong learners with the ability to meet professional standards and societal occupational needs.
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.