Occupational Therapy Major (B.S.)
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. The Professional Master’s Degree Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (mailing address: ACOTE, C/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; telephone: 301-652-6611 X2914; website: www.acoteonline.org. 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.
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.
|BMS 507||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BMS 508||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|OT 500||Behavior and Development of Children||4|
|OT 501||Developmental Tasks of Adulthood||4|
|OT 510||Exploring Occupational Therapy and Occupation||4|
|OT 610||Occupation, Identity, Disability||4|
|KIN 652||Clinical Kinesiology||4|
& KIN 707
and Neurology Lab
|PSYC 401||Introduction to Psychology||4|
|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|
|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 1||3-4|
(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.
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 710||OT Practice and Professional Roles||4|
|OT 745||Administration and Management for Occupational Therapy Practice||4|
|Human Movement and Environmental Effects on Everyday Occupations|
and Human Movement Lab
|OT 744||Fieldwork and Professionalism - Level 1||1|
|OT 753||Mind Body Systems: Neurologically-based Function and Dysfunction--Pediatric Conditions||4|
|OT 757||Mind Body Systems: Neurologically-based Function and Dysfunction--Adult Conditions||4|
|Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention|
and Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention Lab
|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
|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 785||Research Methods and Application to Practice||4|
|OT 792||Level I Fieldwork||1|
|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 741||Human Occupation 1||4|
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 700-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.