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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)


Program Description

Occupational therapists work with individuals who may be recovering from illnesses or injuries, contending with developmental disabilities, or coping with changes resulting from the aging process. Occupational therapists advance the person's well being by promoting adaptation and independence through meaningful activities of everyday living to enhance and restore health. By preventing, reducing, or overcoming physical, social, and emotional impairments in people, occupational therapists help to restore and sustain the highest quality of productive life to persons of all ages.

To become a registered occupational therapist (OTR), a person must graduate from an accredited school of occupational therapy, and successfully pass the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Many states including Oklahoma, also require a license to practice occupational therapy within the state.

For further information about the profession of occupational therapy, contact the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) at (http://www.aota.org).

The Master of Occupational Therapy degree professional program consists of 80 semester hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses. All didactic course work is offered on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Master of Occupational Therapy degree professional program begins in the summer of every year and consists of 80 credit hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses including 26 weeks of fieldwork to be completed in no more than five years.

The progression and retention policies for the Program in Occupational Therapy are described in the College of Allied Health Academic Standards (http://catalog.ou.edu/current/Health_Sci_Ctr_Allied_Health.htm) and include:

  • a minimum grade of C or S in each program course.
  • a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher each semester.
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher while enrolled in an academic program in the College.
  • a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all required courses in the academic program in which the student is enrolled.
  • professional performance and behavior.
  • satisfactory progress, as determined by the Academic Progress Committee and the Dean.

Program Defined

Occupational therapy is a vital health-care profession that contributes to the ability of individuals to perform their life roles, such as parent, student, or worker, in the occupations of work, personal care, and leisure. Practitioners of occupational therapy advance the person’s well being by promoting adaptation and independence through meaningful activities of everyday living to enhance and restore health. By preventing, reducing, or overcoming physical, social, and emotional impairments in people, its practitioners help to restore and sustain the highest quality of productive life to persons of all ages. They may be recovering from illnesses or injuries, contending with developmental disabilities, or coping with changes resulting from the aging process. The unique feature that separates its knowledge from all other professions is the study and management of the purposeful occupations and the meaningful activities in which humans engage. In short, occupational therapy provides skills for the job of living.

Occupational therapists provide direct service to individuals and groups, consultation, and education to its consumers. As they gain experience, occupational therapists may choose to specialize and may become board certified in a specialty area. Occupational therapists can be supervisors, faculty members, researchers, and entrepreneurs. Occupational therapists may work in teams that include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, speech/language pathologists, psychologists, social workers, educators, dietitians, and recreational therapists. Through participation in treatment given individually or in groups, occupational therapists help people perform the everyday skills and tasks needed for living their productive lives.

To become an occupational therapist, registered (OTR), a person must graduate from an accredited school of occupational therapy, and successfully pass the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Many states, including Oklahoma, also require a license to practice occupational therapy within the state.

For further information about the profession of occupational therapy, contact the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD, 20824-1220; phone (301) 652-2682; TDD (800) 377-8555. You may want to request the latest edition of “Occupational Therapy Careers.” Refer to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s web page at: www.aota.org for additional details.

If you would like to explore occupational therapy further, view the following YouTube video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24ecvXE3ZjY.

American Occupational Therapy Association:  http://www.aota.org/
Occupational Therapist Job Outlook:  http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos078.htm


Admission Requirements
  1. Have successfully completed, or be in the process of completing, prerequisite course work (90 credit hours - no more than 60 credit hours from a two-year college will count toward the required 90) from any accredited college of university, prior to starting the program;
  2. Complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or complete requirements to be eligible to earn the B.S. in Health Studies degree after completion of 30 hours in the program;
  3. Be in good standing with the college or university last or currently attending;
  4. Have at a minimum both a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and a 2.75 science grade point average on a 4.0 scale;
  5. Have successfully completed all departmental prerequisite courses with grades of C or better;
  6. Document 40 hours of observation due with your on-line application (the following worksheet is available for you to utilize in order to keep track of your hours: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/Application/documents/Doc_Observation_Experience.pdf);
  7. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (the General Test) prior to the application deadline date (www.gre.org). Beginning with the 2014 Application period, we will only accept the REVISED GRE scores (exams taken prior to August 1, 2011 will NOT be accepted for the 2014 and subsequent application periods). It is recommended that you take the revised GRE no later than one month prior to the application period for which you are applying to ensure your scores are received by the application deadline. Scores received after the application deadline will result in an automatic denial;
  8. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL web site is http://www.toefl.org;
  9. All international/Non US Citizen applicants are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES). Wes web site is http://www.wes.org; and
  10. Submit a completed on-line application. Application deadline is February 1 for Summer. All official, sealed transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (if applicable) must be received by the application deadline. Late transcripts and test scores will result in an automatic denial.

Note: If you plan on applying to the program this year, submit an official, sealed transcript from every institution attended AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to ensure that we receive the transcripts by the application deadline. Transcripts take time to process from one institution to the other; therefore, order your transcripts ASAP! Once your fall grades have been posted, please mail us an updated transcript. Click on the following link for the address to mail your transcripts to: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/Application/transcripts.asp


Prerequisites

Course numbers are those of the University of Oklahoma.  Approved prerequisite courses are offered at many institutions.  Check the Transfer Equivalencies Database or with your school advisor regarding equivalent courses.  There are instructions on that page on how to request a transcript evaluation for particular courses if your courses are not listed in the database.

Click on the following link to use the prerequisite worksheet to keep track of your prerequisite classes:

http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/Application/documents/MOT%20Prereq%20worksheet.pdf.

Footnotes are located after the course title in parenthesis. Example: Principles of English Composition I (2). Descriptions of footnotes are located directly underneath the table.

OU Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSC 1113 American Federal Government (2) 3
PSY 2603 Developmental Psychology 3
MATH 1503 College Algebra (2) 3
PSY 1113 or SOC 1113 Elements of Psychology or Sociology (2) 3
Foreign Language 1st Course (2)
Foreign Language 2nd Course (2)
BIOL 2234 or 2255 Human Anatomy 4-5
BIOL 2124 Human Physiology 4
AVIA 1003 Introduction to Computers: Concepts & Applications (3) 3
PSY 2403 Introduction to Personality or Abnormal Psychology 3
BIOL 1114or BIOL 1005
Introduction to Zoology or Concepts in Biology
4-5
CLC 2413 Medical Vocabulary 2-3
  Natural Science Elective 1st course (Biol, Chem, Micro, Phys, Zoo) (4)  1-5
  Natural Science Elective 2nd course (Biol, Chem, Micro, Phys, Zoo) (4)  1-5
Natural Science Elective 3rd course (Biol, Chem, Micro, Phys, Zoo) (4) 1-5
Non-Western Culture (2) 3
PHYS 2414 Physics I for Life Science Majors 4
ENG 1113 Principles of English Composition I (2) 3
ENG 1213 Principles of English Composition II (2) 3
HIST 1483 or 1493 U. S. History 1492-1865 or U.S. History 1865-Present (2) 3
Understanding Art Forms (2) 3
PSY 2003 Understanding Statistics 3
Upper Level General Education Course (1) 3
  Upper Level Courses (5) 10
Western Civilization & Culture (2) 3

(1) is required if applicant has not completed a Bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that the applicant take an upper level/division (3000 or 4000 level) non-western culture, western civilization & culture, or understanding art forms class. By taking an upper division course in one of those categories, two prerequisites can be completed with that one class.

(2) is not required for applicants that have an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree from an Oklahoma college. Not required for applicants that have a Bachelor’s degree. Foreign Language 1st and 2nd course are waived for applicants who completed two years in the same language in high school.

(3) is not required if applicant has an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree or higher. To satisfy requirement otherwise, complete a computer skills course, pass an institution assessment test, or substitute one year of high school computer courses (excluding keyboarding).

(4) natural science electives must be additional hard-core science courses.  Even though the OU Norman Transfer Equivalencies Database has courses listed as acceptable for Natural Science with Lab that are the following types of courses, we will not accept them for Natural Science Electives:  nutrition, botany, astronomy, physical science, earth science, ecology, evolution, etc.  We will however accept Physiology of Exercise, Kinesiology, and Human Movement towards the Natural Science Electives but they will not calculate into your science gpa for admission consideration.

(5) ten hours of upper division courses are required and can be taken in any chosen subject area.  The three hour Upper Level General Education Prerequisite can count towards those ten hours.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

• Students attending a two-year college may use their transfer credit to meet certain lower-division course requirements only. The maximum number of hours accepted from a Junior College(s) is 60.

 

Please note:  If you are planning to attend the University of Oklahoma Norman campus to fulfill your Western Civilization and Culture, Non-Western Culture, Understanding Art Forms, and/or Upper Level General Education prerequisite, please click on the following link to review acceptable courses offered in these categories on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus:  www.ou.edu/content/gened/courses/requirements.html.  Please remember to review footnote #1 above for instructions on the Upper Level General Education Course.


Application Procedure
  1. Review and follow the instructions for application to the College of Allied Health found at the following web site: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/Application/default.asp.
  2. A letter of acceptance, alternate status, or denial to the Occupational Therapy program will be mailed the latter part of April. If notification is not received by May 24th, contact the department.
  3. The applicant must accept the position in writing within two weeks of notification, or the position will be considered declined. Alternates will be selected according to ranking. Alternates may be admitted up to the first class day for the summer semester if all positions have not been filled.
  4. Students accepted for admission are required to confirm their intention to enroll and attend by paying a non-refundable deposit on enrollment. The deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term.

Cost

Full time students pay a flat rate for tuition each semester. Students will have other special fees that include, but are not limited to, a personal computer, textbooks, lab fees, parking, activity fee, library resource fee, technology service fee, insurance, and supplies. Students are required to assume financial responsibilities for expenses associated with clinical requirements, which may include travel and housing.

2014-2015 Flat rate tuition fee per semester:

Residents semester tuition:

Fall = $3,581.00
Spring = $3,581.00
Summer = $1,966.97

Non-residents semester tuition:

Fall= $8,595.00
Spring = $8,595.00
Summer = $4,472.72

Students who are not enrolled full-time in 2014-15 (due to probation or administrative leave) pay $340.18 per credit hour for Oklahoma residents and $807.46 per credit hour for non-Oklahoma residents. All students will have other special fees that include, but are not limited to, a personal computer, textbooks, lab fees, parking, activity fee, library resource fee, technology service fee, insurance, and supplies.  All students are required to assume financial responsibilities for expenses associated with clinical requirements, which may include travel and housing.

For financial aid information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (405) 271-2118 or visit the web site at http://w3.ouhsc.edu/sfs/.

Additional cost information for the program can be found at http://www.ouhsc.edu/financialservices/SFA/OUHSCCosts.asp and http://www.ouhsc.edu/financialservices/bursar/tuition_fees.asp.


Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education awarded the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Occupational Therapy Program accreditation for a period of 10 years 2005/2006 through 2015/2016.
The occupational therapy / occupational therapy assistant 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

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational therapy profession through administration of a national certification examination. NBCOT serves the public interest by developing, administering, and continually reviewing a certification process that reflects current standards of competent practice in occupational therapy. The NBCOT also works with state regulatory authorities, providing information on credentials, professional conduct, and regulatory and certification renewal issues (http://www.nbcot.org/).

As graduates of a NBCOT recognized occupational therapy education program at the post-baccalaureate degree level, OUHSC students are eligible to take the NBCOT national certification examination. After successfully passing the NBCOT national certification examination, individuals become an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Oklahoma, like most states require licensure to practice, and acquiring a state license is based on successfully passing the NBCOT Certification Examination and initial national registration.

It is important to note, that any arrest, charge, or conviction for a felony or a misdemeanor may not only affect a student's ability to attend certain clinical sites for clinical education and fieldwork, but it may also affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or obtain state licensure.

RESULTS OF NATIONAL BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
(NBCOT) EXAMINATION
)

Year

Number of Program Graduates

Number of first-time test takers

Number of first-time test takers who passed the exam

Percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam

2010

27

27

26

96%

2011

19

19

17

89%

2012

17

17

17

100%

Total 3-year

63

63

60

95%


Faculty

College of Allied Health Departmental Faculty


Early Admission Requirements

Early Admission for College Students
The early admission option for the occupational therapy program was created to offer outstanding prospective college students the opportunity to secure positions in the program earlier than the normal admissions cycle. Positions are limited, and applicants not admitted will be considered in the regular pool. The application deadline for early admission is December 1.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must:

  1. be in good standing with the college or university last attended or currently attending;
  2. have at least a 3.75 cumulative grade point average and a 3.75 science grade point average on a 4.0 scale;
  3. have completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade of B or higher by the end of the fall semester preceding the program start date: Developmental Psychology, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Intro to Personality, Intro to Zoology/Animal Biology or Biology I, Medical Vocabulary, three Natural Science Electives, Physics I, and Understanding Statistics;
  4. submit an official, sealed transcript from each institution attended as well as a high school transcript (if applicable);
  5. have documented 40 hours of observation experience in occupational therapy;
  6. submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores by the early admit application deadline and score at least a 4.0 on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE. Beginning with the 2014 Application period, we will only accept the REVISED GRE scores (exams taken prior to August 1, 2011 will NOT be accepted for the 2014 and subsequent application periods). It is recommended that you take the revised GRE no later than one month prior to the application period for which you are applying to ensure your scores are received by the application deadline. Scores received after the December 1 early application deadline will not be considered for early admission; and
  7. have earned a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not the first language. TOEFL’s web address is www.toefl.org.

Application Procedure

Click on the ‘Application Procedure’ link on the left side of your screen.

Admission Contingency

A student admitted to the occupational therapy program must satisfy all admission requirements listed above prior to beginning the program and must maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and a 3.25 science grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Should a student not fulfill these requirements, the early admission is forfeited and the student may apply through the next regular admissions process.

Click on the following link to open a pdf version of the requirements for early admission:
www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/students/documents/MOT&DPTEarly_Admit.pdf.


Early Admission for High School Students

The high school early admission option for the occupational therapy program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center was created to offer outstanding prospective students the opportunity to secure positions in the program prior to leaving high school. This program is only available to students who complete a high school degree in Oklahoma.

To be considered for admission, an applicant must:

  1. be in good standing with the high school currently attending;
  2. have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for all high school work attempted;
  3. have completed at least 3 high school science credits with grades of B or better;
  4. have documented 10 hours of observation experience in occupational therapy; and
  5. have scored at least a 24 on the American Collegiate Testing (ACT) or equivalent SAT-I score of 1090.

Application Procedure

The following are required for application to the High School Early Admission Master of Occupational Therapy program:

  1. Complete the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Allied Health Application for Admission;
  2. Applicants must submit the following by December 1 of their senior year to University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Allied Health, 1200 North Stonewall, Room 1009, Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1215:

    · a completed University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Application for Admission;

    · official transcripts from all high schools attended;

    · documentation of observation experience (10 hours);

    · ACT/SAT-I Scores; and

    · a $50 non-refundable application fee.

  3. The applicant will receive an acceptance or denial letter during the latter part of December of the applicant's senior year.
  4. The applicant must accept the position in writing by March 1st of their senior year.

Admission Contingency
A student admitted to the program must satisfy all the M.O.T. admission requirements before beginning the program and must maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and a 3.25 science grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Should a student not fulfill the requirements, the early admission is forfeited and the student may apply through the regular admission process.

Click on the following link to open a pdf version of the requirements for high school early admission:
www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/students/documents/MOTHighSchoolEarlyAdmit.pdf.


To read more about why this program was created, click here.


Additional Resources

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the prospective student's page to utilize resources such as the transfer equivalency tables, admission statistics, job shadowing, gpa calculation, tuition cost, scholarships, student life, campus resources, etc.


Application Statistics

http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/Application/admission_data.asp


View Curriculum

Year 1

Summer Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
Anatomy AHS 8415 5

Fall Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy OCTH 7113 3
Clinical Process OCTH 7133 3
Principles of Human Movement OCTH 7143 3
Capstone: Concepts in Rehab Sciences OCTH 7153 or 7173 3
Evidence-Based Practice OCTH 7162 2
Professional Literature Development OCTH 7171 1

Spring Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
Media for Occupational Performance OCTH 7532 2
Orthopedic Mgmt UE Dysfunction OCTH 8274 4
Neuroscience AHS 8275 5

Summer Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
Fieldwork Education I OCTH 7232 2
Contexts for Occupational Performance OCTH 7312 2
Movement Science I OCTH 8392 2

Year 2

Fall Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
Behavioral Dynamics OCTH 7413 3
Promoting OP for Chronic Conditions OCTH 7443 3
Neurorehabilitation for Children OCTH 8154 4
Teaching in Practice OCTH 8332 2
Interdisciplinary Case Management OCTH 9391 1

Spring Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
Group Intervention OCTH 7232 2
Neurorehabilitation for Adults OCTH 8234 4
Developmental Disabilities OCTH 8272 2
Assistive Technology OCTH 8292 2
Clinical Practice Management I OCTH 8352 2

Summer Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
Fieldwork Education II OCTH 7232 2
Clinical Practice Management II OCTH 8372 2

Year 3

Fall Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
Exploring Community Participation OCTH 7192 2
Occupational Therapy Research I OCTH 7712 2
Fieldwork Education III OCTH 7723 3

Spring Semester

Course NameCourse NumberCredit Hours
Occupational Therapy Research II OCTH 7812 2
Fieldwork Education IV OCTH 7823 3

Electives: 2 credit hours

Last updated: July 11, 2012

Curriculum Notes

Course Descriptions


More Information about the OT Student Experience

OT Student Blog: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/students/blogs.asp

OT YouTube video created by our students: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eik2Fafr_tQ


Contact Information

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
P.O. Box 26901
Oklahoma City, OK 73190-0901
Phone: (405) 271- 2131
Email: alliedhealth-info@oushc.edu
Website: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/rehab/

Office of Academic and Student Services
Phone: (405) 271-6588
Fax: (405) 271-3120
Email: alliedhealth-info@ouhsc.edu


Program Brochure

Regular Admission: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/documents/brochures/OccupationalTherapy.pdf

Early Admission (College Students): 
http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/students/documents/MOT&DPTEarly_Admit.pdf

Early Admission (High School Students): 
http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/students/documents/MOTHighSchoolEarlyAdmit.pdf