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Weekday Entry-Level BS/MS Program

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.


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 Physics Intro I (Core) 4 cr PHY 118 Physics Intro II (Core)
3 cr PSY 123 Intro to Psychology (Core) 3 cr SOC 101 Comparative Sociology (Core)
3 cr Core 3 cr OT 103 Introduction to OT
0 OT 1XX FW Prof. Development (S/U) 0 OT 1XX FW Prof. Development (S/U)
16 cr Total 16 cr Total
An additional 3 credits must be completed during a Summer Session. While it is recommended that this be done after the freshman year, it may occur after the sophomore or junior year if necessary.

Sophomore Year

Fall Spring
3 cr OT 220 Human Development I 3 cr OT 221 Human Development II
3 cr OT 205 Occupations I 3 cr OT 275 Occupations II
3 cr Core 3 cr OT 335 Context & Environment
4 cr BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 cr BIO 212 Anatomy & Physiology II
3 cr OT 320 Impairments & Disabilities Influencing Occupational Performance
 
3 cr PSY 290 Psychopathology
0 OT 2XX FW Prof. Development (S/U) 0 OT 2XX FW Prof. Development (S/U)
16 cr Total 16 cr Total

Junior Year

Fall Spring
4 cr OT 312 Functional Anatomy 4 cr OT 313 Applied Neuroscience
3 cr OT 330 Conceptual Foundations 3 cr OT 520 Research Design in OT
3 cr OT 405 Occupational Performance Analysis 4 cr OT 510 Pediatric-Occupational Performance Interventions I
3 cr Elective 3 cr Core
3 cr OT 407 Clinical Skills 3 cr  Core
0 OT 3XX FW Prof. Development (S/U) 0 OT 3XX FW Prof. Development (S/U)
16 cr Total 17 cr Total

Senior Year

Fall Spring
4 cr OT 511 Adult-Occupational
Performance Interventions II
4 cr OT 512 Geriatric-Occupational
Performance Interventions III
3 cr OT 690 Research Project I 2 cr OT 433 EBP in OT I
2 cr OT 410 Community Based Practice I 3 cr Core
3 cr Core 3 cr Core
3 cr Electivve 2 cr OT 411 Community Based Practice II
    3 cr Elective
0 OT 4XX FW Prof. Development (S/U) 0 OT 4XX FW Prof. Development (S/U)
15 cr Total 17 cr Total

Fifth Year

Fall Spring
6 cr OT 601 Level II Fieldwork I 3 cr OT 695 Research Project II
6 cr OT 602 Level II Fieldwork II 2 cr OT 630 Issues & Trends
   
 
3 cr OT 570 Management & Entrepreneurship
in Occupational Therapy
    0 OT 990 NBCOT Practice Exams (S/U)
    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: 120   Total Graduate Credits: 40  Total Curriculum: 160


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.


 

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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.

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
570-674-6434
gbozinsk@misericordia.edu

 

For Transfer Information
David Pasquini
570-674-6255
e-mail: jfoster@misericordia.edu