Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

https://chhs.unh.edu/ot/occupational-therapy-ms-professional-track

Professional Occupational Therapy Program Requirements for Advanced-­Standing Students B.S./M.S.

The program is two-and-a-half years (five semesters) of coursework, including fieldwork experiences. Students enroll in a 1-credit January term (J term) Level 1 fieldwork course in between the first and second semesters of the first year of the professional program. There are no summer course requirements.

Advanced­-standing students complete the first year of the professional program as part of their B.S. degree in occupational science.

Professional Occupational Therapy Program Requirements for Entering Graduate Students M.S.

The program is two-and-a-half years (five semesters) of coursework, including fieldwork experiences. Students enroll in a 1-credit January term (J term) Level 1 fieldwork course in between the first and second semesters of the first year of the professional program. There are no summer course requirements.

Academic Standards and Policies

In order to be awarded an M.S. in occupational therapy from UNH, students must earn a minimum of B- in all required occupational therapy courses and receive a passing criterion score on the American Occupational Therapy Association Fieldwork Evaluation for the Occupational Therapist in both 12-week Level II fieldwork experiences. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and meet professional behavioral standards, which are explained in detail in the OT Department Policy and Procedure Manual.

Because curriculum review and revision is undertaken annually, occupational therapy faculty work closely with students during academic advising sessions and share information about any policy and requirement changes during registration periods as well as throughout the academic year. Students are expected to take an active role in verifying expectations and requirements and should check with their departmental advisers each September for updated policies and requirements. Program requirements and policies for retention in the major are posted annually in the OT Department Policy and Procedure Manual, which is available on the OT department’s organization site on MyCourses; students are provided a hard copy or a digital copy of the manual when they enter the program.

Students will participate in a variety of off-­campus and fieldwork experiences throughout the course of study. Students are responsible for transportation to fieldwork sites and other off-campus learning experiences and are covered with basic personal liability insurance through UNH for all practical components of the curriculum. Students are responsible for meeting the health and criminal record clearances established by their fieldwork sites and off-campus learning experiences. Proof of immunization such as poliomyelitis, rubella, H1N1, and hepatitis B may also be required. For Level II fieldwork, health insurance and a physical examination, including a tuberculin test, are required. All fieldwork experiences are scheduled in centers approved by the Department of Occupational Therapy and with whom active Memoranda of Understanding with UNH exist.

After successfully completing all Level II fieldwork requirements and academic work, students are awarded a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. They are then eligible to sit for the National Board Certification Examination in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Consistent with NBCOT expectations, students must sit for the certification examination within two years of completion of coursework and fieldwork. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or obtain State Licensure.

Curriculum and schedule: Most classes will be scheduled during weekdays during the day and into early evening. Some courses require experiential, off-campus learning: Level I and II fieldwork experiences are two­ and twelve-weeks, respectively. These full­ time experiences are planned collaboratively with the fieldwork coordinators.

PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCED-­STANDING Students B.S./M.S.

Undergraduate Courses
OT 710OT Practice and Professional Roles4
OT 741Human Occupation4
OT 751Mind Body Systems/Neurologically Based Function and Dysfunction4
OT 752Human Movement and Environmental Effects on Everyday Occupations4
OT 752LHuman Movement Lab1
OT 792Level I Fieldwork (J term)1
OT 785Research Methods and Application to Practice4
OT 760
760L
Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention
and Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention Lab
5
OT 745Administration and Management for Occupational Therapy Practice4
Select one of the following:5
Enabling Participation in Community Groups
and Enabling Participation in Community Groups Lab
Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance
and Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance Lab
Graduate Courses
Advanced-standing students are required to have 44 graduate credits, which includes 16 to 18 credits of fieldwork, in addition to 36 credits, which includes 1 to 3 credits of fieldwork, taken as part of the occupational science degree.
OT 862
862L
OT Evaluation and Intervention for Children
and OT Evaluation and Intervention for Children - Lab
4
OT 863
863L
Occupational Therapy Intervention for Adults
and Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Adults - Lab
4
OT 854Level II Fieldwork, I 18
OT 855Level II Fieldwork Discussion 11
OT 856Level II Fieldwork, II8
Select one of the following: 25
Enabling Participation in Community Groups
and Enabling Participation in Community Groups Lab
Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance
and Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance Lab
OT 865Occupational Therapy Practice and Professional Reasoning 33
OT 875Leadership in Occupational Therapy Systems of Practice3
OT 886Engagement in Research3
Select at least 3 credits of graduate-level elective course(s)3
Total Credits78
1

The spring semester of the second year is an extended semester of fieldwork. Students' Level II fieldwork is completed the third week of June.

2

Whichever was not taken in year one

3

Course requirements for OT 865 Occupational Therapy Practice and Professional Reasoning, include a capstone experience in which students synthesize knowledge from academic coursework and fieldwork experiences to develop an innovative occupational therapy program that addresses the needs of a specific population or program.

Professional OT Program MS Requirements for Entering Graduate Students

The professional master’s degree track requires the completion of 74 graduate-level credits, which includes 19 credits of fieldwork.

Required OT courses include:

OT 810OT Practice and Professional Roles3
OT 841Human Occupation4
OT 845Administration and Management for Occupational Therapy Practice3
OT 851Mind Body Systems/Neurologically-based Function and Dysfunction3
OT 852
852L
Human Movement and Environmental Effects on Everyday Occupations
and Human Movement and Environmental Effects on Everyday Occupations Lab
4
OT 892Level I Fieldwork (J term)1
OT 885Research Methods and Application to Practice3
OT 860
860L
Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention
and Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention Lab
4
OT 862
862L
OT Evaluation and Intervention for Children
and OT Evaluation and Intervention for Children - Lab
4
OT 863
863L
Occupational Therapy Intervention for Adults
and Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Adults - Lab
4
OT 846Transitions: Student to Professional2
OT 854Level II Fieldwork, I8
OT 855Level II Fieldwork Discussion1
OT 856Level II Fieldwork, II8
OT 865Occupational Therapy Practice and Professional Reasoning3
OT 875Leadership in Occupational Therapy Systems of Practice3
OT 886Engagement in Research3
Select one of the following:5
Enabling Participation in Community Groups
and Enabling Participation in Community Groups Lab
Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance
and Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance Lab
Select 3 credits of graduate-level elective course(s)3
Total Credits69
1

Whichever was not taken in year one

Course requirements for OT 865 Occupational Therapy Practice and Professional Reasoning, include a capstone experience in which students synthesize knowledge from academic coursework and fieldwork experiences to develop an innovative occupational therapy program that addresses the needs of a specific population or program.

Elective Courses

OT 887Upper Extremity Rehabilitation and Splinting4
OT 890Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration4
OT 891Ergonomics for Occupational Therapy4
OT 892Level I Fieldwork1
OT 824Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities4
OT 826Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities4
OT 866AMPS Training4
OT 895Readings and Research in Occupational Therapy1-6

Plan of Study for Advanced-Standing B.S./M.S.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
OT 710 OT Practice and Professional Roles 4
OT 741 Human Occupation 4
OT 751 Mind Body Systems/Neurologically Based Function and Dysfunction 4
OT 745 Administration and Management for Occupational Therapy Practice 4
OT 752
752L
Human Movement and Environmental Effects on Everyday Occupations
and Human Movement Lab
5
OT 760
760L
Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention
and Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention Lab
5
OT 785 Research Methods and Application to Practice 4
OT 792 Level I Fieldwork 1
Select one of the following: 4-5
Enabling Participation in Community Groups
and Enabling Participation in Community Groups Lab
 
Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance
and Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance Lab
 
 Credits35-36
Second Year
OT 830
830L
Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance
and Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance Lab
5
OT 862
862L
OT Evaluation and Intervention for Children
and OT Evaluation and Intervention for Children - Lab
4
OT 846 Transitions: Student to Professional 2
OT 854 Level II Fieldwork, I 8
OT 855 Level II Fieldwork Discussion 1
OT 856 Level II Fieldwork, II 8
OT 863
863L
Occupational Therapy Intervention for Adults
and Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Adults - Lab
4
OT 871
871L
Enabling Participation in Community Groups
and Enabling Participation in Community Groups Lab
5
 Credits37
Third Year
OT 865 Occupational Therapy Practice and Professional Reasoning 3
OT 875 Leadership in Occupational Therapy Systems of Practice 3
OT 886 Engagement in Research 3
Choose additional graduate level electives 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits84-85

Plan of Study for Entering Graduate Students M.S.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
OT 810 OT Practice and Professional Roles 3
 Credits3
Second Year
OT 862
862L
OT Evaluation and Intervention for Children
and OT Evaluation and Intervention for Children - Lab
3
 Credits3
Third Year
OT 865 Occupational Therapy Practice and Professional Reasoning 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits9