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Entry-Level Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy embodies three fundamental values: excellence in education, a sensitivity to students, and a spirit of community.

The foundation on which the occupational therapy professional education is built consists of University Curriculum requirements. The occupational therapy faculty's mission is to create an atmosphere that promotes student self-actualization, intellectual growth, service to the community, clinical scholarship and research. The occupational therapy program cultivates student growth within a developmental-humanistic model. This process acknowledges that the student has physical, psychosocial and cultural needs and abilities. These abilities are developed through academic experiences that provide a general education, a professional knowledge base, and entry-level skills and judgment.

Faculty encourage clinical reasoning and problem solving, based on the principles, current philosophy and varied theories of the occupational therapy profession.

The three levels of the curriculum design--foundation, application and integration--provide a developmental framework for active learning. This design enables students to develop as entry-level therapists who can advocate for clients within the occupational therapy process using evidence to inform practice through practical and critical thinking. Graduates have the skills to learn for a lifetime with a strong professional identity in occupational therapy.

Learning outcomes for graduates of the entry-level 5.5-year combined BSHS-MOT degree include:

  1. meet the essential learning outcomes of the University
  2. understand the foundational concepts of occupation across the lifespan and across practice settings
  3. comprehend, apply, analyze and evaluate the occupational therapy process
  4. become an effective change agent through the implementation of the occupational therapy process
  5. use evidence to inform practice decisions
  6. solve problems in health care practice
  7. assume an occupational therapy professional identity
  8. meet the accreditation standards to practice as a generalist across a broad diversity of client variables and contexts including: age, cultural and ethnic background, socioeconomic, practice setting and levels of health and occupation

The faculty facilitates professional development by promoting a continuum of lifelong learning founded on classroom education, fieldwork experiences, laboratory experiential learning, contribution and service to the community. This program prepares graduates for entry-level practice and collaboration within a diverse health care community.

Admission to the Program

The high school student applying for admission to the occupational therapy program should present four years of mathematics and four years of science. The general Quinnipiac University requirements for admissions must be met. All students applying for admission are strongly encouraged to have at least 20 hours of observation in occupational therapy. The department is prepared to provide reasonable accommodations for students who have special needs or challenges.

Transfer Students from Other Colleges and Universities
Transfer students from other colleges and universities are accepted into the occupational therapy program dependent upon successful completion of the University Curriculum and science prerequisite courses with a GPA of 3.0. In addition the 20 hours of observation are strongly encouraged. Once accepted into the program, students need to complete OT 111, 112, 210, 212 before they enter the junior year with a grade of B- or better in each course. These courses may be offered in the summer, in January and during the semester. All biology classes must be completed meeting the minimum standards by the biology department.

Transfer Students from within Quinnipiac
Students currently attending Quinnipiac in other programs are accepted into the occupational therapy program. Students may apply through the department at the end of the spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year. All prerequisite courses as listed in the catalog must be completed with a GPA of 3.0. In addition, 20 hours of observation in occupational therapy is strongly encouraged. Once accepted into the program, students need to complete OT 111, 112, 210, 212 before they enter the junior year with a grade of B- or better in each course. All math and science courses must be completed prior to the junior year. All biology classes must be completed meeting the minimum standards set by the biology department.

Professional Component

Entry into the junior year (professional program) depends upon a B- or better in OT 111, 112, 210, 212, and satisfactory completion of all lower division requirements with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. A GPA of 3.0 each semester must be maintained in the occupational therapy courses during the junior, senior and graduate years. All professional courses in the junior, senior and graduate years are accepted only if the student earns a grade of "C+" or above. All fieldwork level I courses (as identified in the course descriptions and student manual) must be completed with a minimal grade of B+. A grade lower than a B+ in any fieldwork level I course or a course grade of C or lower with a semester GPA of less than 3.0 will result in dismissal from the program. All three fieldwork level II experiences must be completed with a "P" or pass to graduate.

If a student is dismissed from the program because of low grades, a semester GPA below a 3.0, or an "F" or "W" in Fieldwork Level II Experience (OT 500, OT 580, and/or OT 581), the student may follow the appeal process in the student manual. If the OT Department Progression and Retention Committee overturns the dismissal and places the student on probation, the terms of the probation are final and no subsequent future appeals will be allowed. If a student does not meet a probation contract, then dismissal from the program will occur without the right of appeal.

All students are responsible for transportation to all fieldwork experiences and maintaining viable health insurance, malpractice insurance, CPR certification, and immunizations according to their fieldwork placements. Membership in the American Occupational Therapy Association is required yearly.

Initial placement in the English and mathematics courses is determined by examination and an evaluation of high school units presented. The minimum mathematics requirement is MA 275 or its equivalent. BIO 101-102 are required for graduation and may be used to meet the University Curriculum sciences requirement. The occupational therapy course requirements must be fulfilled in the appropriate semester as indicated. The final three years of the program are a full-time, day program. Deviations from the sequence, waivers from occupational therapy courses and transfer courses from other occupational therapy programs must be approved by the Occupational Therapy Progression Committee and the department chairperson. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification exam or attain state licensure. Criminal background checks are required in the summer prior to their junior year and are updated, if required, before each Fieldwork Level II experience.

Curriculum + Requirements

The foundation on which Quinnipiac University’s entry-level master’s degree in occupational therapy is built consists of a curriculum in liberal arts, sciences, economic and managerial traditions. It will prepare you for entry-level practice and interdisciplinary collaboration within an ever-changing practice environment in a world of diverse cultures and people.

Our educational atmosphere promotes student self-actualization, intellectual growth, clinical scholarship and research. You’ll develop a continuum of lifelong learning founded on classroom education, fieldwork experiences, laboratory experiential learning, contribution and service to the community.

First Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
BIO 101 Science (UC) 4 BIO 102 Science (UC) 4
EN 101 Freshman Composition (UC) 3 EN 102 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
MA 275 Quantitative Literacy (UC) 3 UC Humanities 3
UC Social Sciences 3 UC Elective 3
QU 101 The Individual in the Community 3 UC Social Sciences 3
OT 111 Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy 1 OT 112 Occupation Based Activity Analysis 1
Total 17 Total 17

Second Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
PHY 101 Physics 101 4 UC Fine Arts 3
UC Elective 3 Elective 3
UC Humanities 3 Elective 3
OT 210 OT Skills in Therapeutic Use of Self 2 OT 212 SL Group Leadership (Service Learning) 2
QU 201 Seminar on National Community 3
Total 16 Total 18


Third Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
OT 315 Anatomy & Lab 4 OT 316 Kinseiology & Lab 4
OT 325 Principles of Human Development & Occupation 3 OT 326 Principles of Human Development - The Older Adult 3
OT 335 Functional Neuroanatomy 3 OT 336 Functional Neuro-behaviors 3
OT 345 Theory of Occupation: Wellness 3 OT 356 Documenting OT Practice & Field Work I 3
OT 355 Occupational Therapy Framework (Service Learning) 2 OT 357 Professional Seminar in Occupational Therapy 1
OT 335L Community Service Learning 1 OT 364 Problem Based Learning: Risk Factors Impacting Human Occupation 1
QU 301 Seminar on Global Community 3
Total 16 Total 18


Fourth Year

Fall Semester Spring Semster
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
OT 415 Health Conditions I 6 OT 416 Health Conditions II 6
OT 420 Evaluative Process & Lab with Fieldwork I 8 OT 421 OT Intervention Strategies & Lab with Fieldwork I 8
OT 445 Applied Theory in OT 3 OT 446 Group Process & Lab 4
OT 466 Problem Based Learning: Health Conditions & Occupation I 1 OT 467 Problem Based Learning Groups Health Conditions & Occupation II 1
Total 18 Total 19


Total credits: 139

Upon successful completion of the fourth year, the BS in health science studies is awarded. Award of this degree leads to matriculation into the graduate level of the program. Completion of all of the requirements in the BS degree are required to move to 500-level fieldwork and courses.

Summer Between Fourth Year & Graduate Year (6 credits)

  • OT 500 Fieldwork Level II (6 credits)

This involves 12 weeks of full-time supervised experience. All fieldwork II policies must be followed according to the OT program manual available from the chairperson.

Graduate Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
OT 510 Impact of Laws & Regulations on OT Practice 2 OT 536 Intervention: Ergonomics & Assistive Technology, FW, Lab 6
OT 511 Administration & Management in OT 4 OT 555 Pharmacology & Environmental Toxins Affecting Human Performance 3
OT 535 Integrative Interventions: Sensory Integration & Neurorehabilitation 6 OT 556 Professional Development 3
OT 550 OT Research 4 OT 565 Integrative Case Studies 2
OT 560 Contemporary Modalities 2 OT 570 Capstone Project 3
Total 18 Total 17

 Total credits: 35

Summer & Fall Following Graduate Year (12 credits)

  • OT 580 Fieldwork Level II (6 credits)
  • OT 581 Fieldwork Level II (6 credits)

All fieldwork must be completed within 12 months from completion of course work.

All course work and fieldwork must be completed with grades as stated in the occupational therapy program manual. Retention and dismissal criteria are also written in the occupational therapy program manual which is available from the chairperson. Any variations in the program of study leading to the MOT must be approved by the Occupational Therapy Retention and Progression committee. The occupational therapy course work must be completed in the sequence provided on a full-time basis. The only exceptions, which require approval from the Occupational Therapy Retention and Progression Committee, may be transfer students. The curriculum, as designated occupational therapy courses, is subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high quality educational experience.

Quinnipiac University sponsors and supports all of the programs as listed in the University catalog. The University holds the ultimate responsibility for the appointment of faculty, admission of students, and curriculum planning. This includes course content, satisfactory completion of the educational program, and granting of the degree. Quinnipiac University, and the appropriate dean and chair, are responsible for the coordination of classroom teaching and supervised fieldwork practice and for providing assurance that the practice activities assigned to the students in a fieldwork setting are appropriate to the program (ACOTE Standard A.1.4.).

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