Occupational Therapy Major (B.S.)

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Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Program

The University of New Hampshire Department of Occupational Therapy offers a combined bachelor's degree/master's degree program. Students must complete the professional master's degree in occupational therapy to be eligible to take the National Board Certification of Occupational Therapists examination, which is required to practice as an occupational therapist. Students may enter as first-year students or transfer within UNH into the BS/MS program during the sophomore year, space permitting in the program. Students interested in transferring into this program should contact the Department of Occupational Therapy for information about transfer requirements and application deadlines. This information is also available on the department website www.chhs.unh.edu/ot.

Students begin the BS/MS curriculum with preprofessional courses, which include courses in biological and social sciences as well as occupational therapy. In addition to meeting the University Discovery Program requirements, students take the following courses during the first three years of the program.

Core Curriculum

BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
OT 500Behavior and Development of Children4
OT 501Developmental Tasks of Adulthood4
OT 510Exploring Occupational Therapy and Occupation4
OT 610Occupation, Identity, Disability4
KIN 652Clinical Kinesiology4
KIN 706
KIN 707
and Neurology Lab
PSYC 401Introduction to Psychology4
Select one statistics course from the following:4
Statistics for Health and Human Service Professionals
Statistics in Psychology
Select one health or social policy course from the following:4
Family Programs and Policies
Children, Adolescents and the Law
Families and the Law
United States Health Care Systems
Introduction to Public Health
Public Health: History and Practice
Health Ethics and Law
Health Policy
American Public Policy
Recreation and Event Management
Social Welfare Policy: History of Social and Economic Justice
Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice
Experiential learning/occupation-based course 13-4
Total Credits49-50

(Details on satisfying these requirements are provided by the student's academic adviser and are outlined in the OT Department Policy and Procedure Manual. All students receive a copy of the manual in their first year, and it is also available on the OT student organization site online.)

Volunteer or work experience in a health and human service organization is recommended, although not required.


Students should work with their advisor to identify an experiential learning/occupation-based learning course. This is a course that requires cognitive learning that is translated into a motor skill. Many courses can meet this requirement.

Professional Curriculum

Students in the BS/MS curriculum with a GPA of 3.0 or higher transition into the professional program during their undergraduate education. The following courses are required.

OT 710OT Practice and Professional Roles4
OT 745Administration and Management for Occupational Therapy Practice4
OT 752
Human Movement and Environmental Effects on Everyday Occupations
and Human Movement Lab
OT 753Mind Body Systems: Neurologically-based Function and Dysfunction--Pediatric Conditions4
OT 757Mind Body Systems: Neurologically-based Function and Dysfunction--Adult Conditions4
OT 760
Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention
and Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention Lab
OT 762
Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Children
and Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Children Lab
and Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Children Recitation
OT 763
Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Adults
and Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Adults Lab
and Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Adults Recitation
OT 785Research Methods and Application to Practice4
OT 792Level I Fieldwork1
Select one of the following:5
Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance
and Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance Lab
Enabling Participation in Community Groups
and Enabling Participation in Community Groups Lab
OT 741Human Occupation 14
Total Credits49

This course also fulfills the writing intensive in major course.

At the end of the senior year, students are awarded a bachelor of science degree in occupational science. Students then apply to the Graduate School as advanced-standing students in the professional master's program. An overall minimum grade point of 3.0 is required for admission to the master's degree program, and students must attain a minimum grade of B- in all OT classes, and meet professional behavior expectations. Students must have no more than 8 credits of B- coursework in OT senior-level courses. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for additional information about the master's program and the final 1.5 years (three semesters) of the professional occupational therapy curriculum including fieldwork requirements.

Students entering as first-year undergraduate students have 5.5 academic years (11 semesters) to complete the professional curriculum, including level II fieldwork. They then will be eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT). A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to complete fieldwork, sit for the NBCOT certification examination, and/or obtain state licensure.

Students are responsible for transportation to off-campus practicum and fieldwork locations.

Curriculum review and revision is undertaken annually. The department works closely with students during academic advising sessions and shares information about any policy and requirement changes during registration periods as well as throughout the academic year. Students also are expected to take an active role in verifying expectations and should check with their department advisers each September for updated policies and requirements. Program requirements and policies for retention in the major are in the OT Department Policy and Procedure Manual, which is available online.