Coordinator: Ellen McLaughlin, EdD, OTR/L
The post-professional master’s of science in occupational therapy is a 30-credit graduate program with two tracks, an interdisciplinary and pediatric concentration. Students in all tracks of the program will complete a total of 30 graduate credits distributed among the following categories: theory and core: 9 credits; research: 9 credits; concentration: 12 credits.
This program is offered in a variety of formats using an adult learning model, including online distance education, weekend or night courses, and workshop formats. The pediatric track includes courses currently being offered in the post-professional pediatric certificate program. This allows students to transfer their graduate credits from the certificate program into the post-professional master’s degree program. The interdisciplinary track includes courses from a variety of departments including education, nursing, and organizational management.
Occupational Therapy Post Professional Programs Retention Criteria -Post Professional Pediatric Certificate, Masters, and Doctoral Programs
Once students begin the first semester of the post professional curriculum, they must maintain a 3.0 gpa in coursework. If a student’s gpa falls below a 3.0, they will have one semester of probation to improve their gpa to the minimum. If a student receives a grade of C in a graduate course, or if their gpa falls below a 3.0 as a result of B minus grades, they will be able to do one grade replacement. If a student receives a second C in a graduate course, they will be dismissed from the post professional program.
Curricular Goals of the Program Include:
- The student will be able to foster the most effective interventions when working with occupational therapy clientele to promote independence and success in their life roles and activities.
- The students will advance their knowledge base in specialty areas related to occupational therapy and their practice through the choice of four elective courses within the MS program.
- The student will be able to synthesize their knowledge base in research and evidence based practice in order to implement best practice in occupational therapy.
- The student will advance their knowledge base in order to integrate and evaluate occupational therapy theory in clinical practice.