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Program Description
Course Sequence
Admission Requirements
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Weekday Program Description

The Occupational Therapy Program has a proud tradition of producing highly qualified, technically proficient occupational therapy practitioners since 1981. In 1997, the first class of Professional Entry Level Master's degree students graduated, marking the completion of an educational transition that began in 1992. The College offers a five year master's of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Students accepted into the Program participate in an educational process that prepares them to become entry level occupational therapy practitioners while instilling an understanding for, and a desire to achieve, the skills of scientific inquiry and critical reasoning.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination. Successful passing of the NBCOT examination makes students eligible to apply for occupational therapy licensure in their respective states.

Options in the weekday entry-level BS/MS program include a psychology BS degree or health sciences BS degree, and a pediatric specialization.


 

Required Sequence-Classes of 2014 and Beyond:
 

Five Year Entry Level BS/MS in Occupational Therapy Curriculum

 

Freshman Year

Fall Spring
3 cr MTH Bank I (Core) 3 cr MTH 115 Statistics (Core)
3 cr Core 3 cr Core
4 cr PHY 117/717 Physics Intro I (Core) 3 cr *Core
3 cr PSY 123 Intro to Psychology (Core) 3 cr SOC 101 Comparative Sociology (Core)
3 cr OT 103 Introduction to OT 3 cr Core
0 TC 100 (S/U)    
0 FYE 690 (S/U)    
16 cr Total 15 cr Total
Summer after Freshman Year
3 cr Core*(move to spring of freshman year-pending approval)    

Sophomore Year

Fall Spring
3 cr OT 205/705 Occupations I 3 cr OT 221 Human Development II
3 cr OT 220 Human Development I 3 cr OT 275/775 Occupations II
3 cr OT 320 Impairments & Disabilities Influencing Occupational Performance 3 cr OT 335 Context & Environment
4 cr BIO 211/709 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 cr BIO 212/709 Anatomy & Physiology II
3 cr Core
 
3 cr PSY 290 Psychopathology
16 cr Total 16 cr Total

Junior Year

Fall Spring
4 cr OT 312/712 Functional Anatomy 4 cr OT 313/713 Applied Neuroscience
3 cr OT 330 Conceptual Foundations 4 cr OT 510/770 Pediatric-Occupational Performance Interventions I
3 cr OT 405/715 Occupational Performance Analysis 3 cr OT 520 Research Design in OT
3 cr OT 407/707 Clinical Skills 0 cr OT 591 FW Level 1-Pediatrics
3 cr Elective 3 cr  Core
0 HP 999 CPR Certification 3 cr Core
16 cr Total 17 cr Total

Senior Year

Fall Spring
3 cr OT 410 Community Based Practice I 3 cr Elective
4 cr OT 511/771 Adult-Occupational Performance Interventions II 3 cr OT 433 EBP in OT
3 cr OT 690 Research Project I 4 cr OT 512/772 Geriatric-Occupational Performance Interventions III
0 cr OT 592 FW Level 1-(P/F) 0 cr OT 593 FW Level 1-(P/F)
3 cr Core 3 cr Core
 3 cr  Elective 3 cr Core
16 cr Total 16 cr Total

Summer after Senior Year

2 cr OT 601  

Fifth Year

Fall Spring
12 cr OT 601 (5 credits)/OT 602 Level II Fieldwork (7 credits) 3 cr OT 570 Management & Entrepreneurship
in Occupational Therapy
   
 
2 cr OT 630 Issues & Trends
    3 cr OT 695 Research Project II
    0 OT 699 Practice Exam Prep
    3 cr Elective
  3 cr Elective
  Students may take an optional graduate elective, resulting in 17 credits.
12 cr Total 14 cr Total

Total Undergraduate Credits: *116    Total Graduate Credits: 40  


This course sequence is subject to change. Occupational therapy courses must be taken in the sequence outlined. Refer to the occupational therapy course descriptions for any prerequisite course work. There is an opportunity for students to reduce the total number of credits in any given semester by taking courses during the summer. These opportunities must be discussed with your academic advisor before you register.


Occupational Therapy Weekday Program Admissions Policy

Admissions- Weekday five year professional entry-level master's degree program

Students with backgrounds which include good academic performance, diverse extracurricular activity involvement, a history of leadership, and an appreciation for the profession of occupational therapy, who meet the criteria stated below, will be considered for the occupational therapy program.

Successful freshman applicants to Misericordia University's weekday 5 year entry level BS/MS Occupational Therapy program will need to have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.00 and a combined SAT score of 1000 (math and critical reading) with a critical reading score of at least 480. A minimum ACT composite score of 23 may be presented instead of the required SAT scores. If the ACT composite is used, a minimum of 23 in the English subset and a minimum of 23 in the reading subtest are required.

A high school science background required in biology, mathematics, and physics is also recommended.

Technical competency in using Word, Excel, and an electronic classroom is an expectation for all new students.

Applicants must also submit the following:
Two letters of reference
Submission of a 500-word typed statement of personal and professional goals.

By the beginning of the fall of their freshman year, documentation of a full day (6-8 hours) of documented service in a health care setting with a licensed occupational therapist is required. Students may apply and be reviewed for admission without this documentation.

COTA applicants must submit evidence of current NBCOT certification If a COTA, one year of full-time employment as a COTA is recommended.


Transfer into the weekday five-year professional entry-level master's degree program

A limited number of applications for transfer to the weekday 5 year entry level BS/MS occupational therapy program may result in acceptance at the freshman and sophomore level, based on space availability, successful completion of appropriate prerequisites and favorably undergoing a competitive review process.

In order to apply for transfer, applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 3.0, having completed at least 15 college credits. Potential transfer students with less than 30 college credits must also present: (a) minimum SAT scores of 1000 in math and critical reading combined with a minimum SAT critical reading score of 480, OR (b) an ACT composite of 23 which includes a minimum of 23 in the English subset and a minimum of 23 in the reading subtest.

Transfer applicants need to also present the following:
Two letters of reference
Submission of a 500-word typed statement of personal and professional goals.

By the beginning of the first semester of enrollment, documentation of a full day (6-8 hours) of documented service in a health care setting with a licensed occupational therapist is required. Students may apply and be reviewed for admission without this documentation.

COTA applicants must submit evidence of current NBCOT certification If a COTA, one year of full-time employment as a COTA is recommended.

Misericordia University reviews individual applications carefully, and the above stated standards are general guidelines. The Director of Admissions and individual department chairs reserve the right to exercise discretion in any admissions decision.

Contact Information

For Admissions Information
 

Dr. Joseph Cipriani, OT Professor and Week-day Admissions Coordinator
570-674-6412
jciprian@misericordia.edu .

Glenn Bozinski, Director of Admissions
570-674-6434
gbozinsk@misericordia.edu

 For Transfer Information
David Pasquini, Assistant Director of Admissions/Transfer
570-674-6255
e-mail: dpasquin@misericordia.edu