Combined B.S./M.S. in Occupational Therapy

Undergraduate Portion of Combined B.S./M.S. Program

In addition to the Core Curriculum requirements, Occupational Therapy majors must complete 44 units in occupational therapy courses, 24–25 units in other required courses, and 27 units in clinical and fieldwork courses at the undergraduate level. All students must complete two 12-week 480-hour full-time Level II fieldwork experiences*, one in physical disabilities and one in psychosocial practices. Either may be with a children and youth focus where they apply theoretical knowledge and demonstrate entry-level competence for a licensed occupational therapist. Level II fieldwork is a full-time commitment, often requiring additional time in the evenings and weekends. Students are advised to eliminate employment during this time. While local sites (within 90 miles of the university are available, students may need to be assigned out of the local area or out of the state for one or both of the fieldwork experiences. All other Core Curriculum and elective courses must be completed by the end of the fifth term of the program A total of 36 units in occupational therapy courses and approved electives are required at the graduate level. Courses applicable toward the major may not be taken under the Pass/Fail grading option.

Academic Standards

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 following admission into the Occupational Therapy major. Should the degree student’s average fall below a 2.75, a letter of academic warning will be sent. The GPA must be restored to a 2.75 within 12 units or completed in a one-year period from the term in which the GPA fell below 2.75, whichever comes first. A student on academic probation who does not restore the GPA to 2.75 as required will be dismissed from the degree program. By the end of the term preceding OCTH 435, students must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00, and consistently demonstrate professional behaviors and necessary competencies to enroll in OCTH 435. All Core Curriculum requirements and undergraduate courses must be completed prior to advancement to graduate status. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and successfully complete a portfolio review process to be admitted into the graduate portion of the occupational therapy program. A grade equivalent below 2.00 in a required course will not count toward major units. Students receiving a grade equivalent below 2.00 in a major course or a U in OCTH 435/OCTH 436 may retake the course once to improve their standing. Failure of OCTH 435 or OCTH 436 (U grade) may result in denial of readmission. Students may repeat no more than 2 courses required for the bachelor’s degree portion of the major.

Students must successfully complete all undergraduate course work in order to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Occupation and Well-Being.

After advancement to graduate student status, completion of 36 graduate units is required. All students must complete the Occupational Therapy Knowledge Exam (OTKE) as a degree requirement. Occupational Therapy Combined B.S./M.S. students must meet all department and Graduate School academic standards and policies.

Registration

Departmental consent is required for admission to all Occupational Therapy major courses.

The combined BS/MS in Occupational Therapy program typically takes 5 years to complete. This includes one year of prerequisite and Core Curriculum courses, three years of undergraduate study, and one year of graduate study.

Departmental consent is required for admission to all OCTH courses.

Undergraduate Portion - Prerequisites (13 Units)
BIOL 190INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS4
ENGL 102WRITING FOR A LIBERAL EDUCATION3
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
SOCI 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
Undergraduate Portion (77-81 Units)
Select one of the following:1-3
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS
BIOL 221
221L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB]
4
BIOL 222
222L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LAB]
4
BIOL 427NEUROMUSCULAR MECHANISMS OF THE UPPER BODY2
HLTH 207HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.3
OCTH 211PHILOSOPHY OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
OCTH 213SMALL GROUP DYNAMICS3
OCTH 216LIFE SPAN ADAPTATION AND OCCUPATIONS3
OCTH 217ANALYSIS OF OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE4
OCTH 218ANALYSIS OF OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE II3
OCTH 221CLINICAL KINESIOLOGY3
OCTH 313ADULT NEUROLOGICAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
OCTH 314PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOSOCIAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE5
OCTH 317ADULT MUSCULOSKELETAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
OCTH 319PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION LEVEL I FIELDWORK3
OCTH 320PSYCHOSOCIAL LEVEL I FIELDWORK3
OCTH 323GERONTOLOGICAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
OCTH 325OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH5
OCTH 326CHILDREN AND YOUTH LEVEL I FIELDWORK3
OCTH 428OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ORGANIZATIONS IN MODERN SOCIETY3
OCTH 430RESEARCH METHODS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
PHYS 202GENERAL PHYSICS FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES4 -5
or PHYS 211 GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED
PSYC 361ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY3
Select one of the following:3-4
STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I
BASIC STATISTICS
ELEMENTARY BIOSTATISTICS
BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS
Graduate portion of BS/MS Program (36 Units)
OCTH 603ISSUES IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
OCTH 609ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS AND DATA ANALYSIS IN OCCUPATION BASED PRACTICE3
OCTH 611ADVANCED THEORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF OCCUPATION3
OCTH 612OT HEALTH PROMOTION INITIATIVES IN THE COMMUNITY3
OCTH 635PHYSICAL REHAB LEVEL II FIELDWORK9
OCTH 636PSYCHOSOCIAL LEVEL II FIELDWORK9
OCTH 678ASSESSMENT THROUGHOUT THE LIFESPAN3
OCTH 782RESEARCH PRACTICUM3

M.S. Requirements

Graduate Portion - Summer
OCTH 610DATA ANALYSIS IN OCCUPATION-BASED RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE3
OCTH 678ASSESSMENT THROUGHOUT THE LIFESPAN3
Graduate Portion - Seventh Term (Fall)
OCTH 611ADVANCED THEORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF OCCUPATION3
OCTH 612OT HEALTH PROMOTION INITIATIVES IN THE COMMUNITY3
OCTH 613ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS IN OCCUPATION BASED PRACTICE3
Graduate Elective 13
Graduate Portion - Minimester
Graduate Elective 13
Graduate Elective 13
Graduate Portion - Eighth Term (Spring)
OCTH 603ISSUES IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
OCTH 781GRADUATE SEMINAR IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
Graduate Elective 13
Graduate Elective 13
Graduate Portion - Summer
OCTH 880GRADUATE PROJECT IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
Graduate Elective 13
Total Units36
1

Four graduate electives are required.

Accelerated Option

Graduate Portion - Summer
OCTH 610DATA ANALYSIS IN OCCUPATION-BASED RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE3
OCTH 678ASSESSMENT THROUGHOUT THE LIFESPAN3
Graduate Portion - Seventh Term (Fall)
OCTH 611ADVANCED THEORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF OCCUPATION3
OCTH 612OT HEALTH PROMOTION INITIATIVES IN THE COMMUNITY3
OCTH 613ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS IN OCCUPATION BASED PRACTICE3
Graduate Elective 13
Graduate Portion - Minimester
OCTH 781GRADUATE SEMINAR IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
Graduate Elective 13
Graduate Portion - Eighth Term (Spring)
OCTH 603ISSUES IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
OCTH 880GRADUATE PROJECT IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
Graduate Elective 13
Graduate Elective 13
Total Units36
1

Four graduate electives are required.

This sequence may change without prior notice.

All Occupational Therapy students must complete 960 hours of Level II full-time fieldwork within 24 months following completion of academic preparation.

Students in this program may not take Occupational Therapy courses prior to the terms in which they are scheduled on this plan.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
ENGL 102 (Core 2)13TSEM 102 (Core 1)3 
BIOL 19014MATH 111 or 115 (Core 3)3 
PSYC 10113Core/Elective23 
SOCI 10113Core/Elective23 
Elective/Core3Core/Elective23 
 16 15 
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2UnitsSummer (Optional)Units
OCTH 2113PSYC 3613Select one of the following:30-4
OCTH 2163OCTH 2133
OCTH 2174OCTH 2183
BIOL 221
221L
4BIOL 222
222L
4
Core/Elective0-3BIOL 4272
 14-17 15 0-4
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2UnitsSummer (Optional)Units
OCTH 2213HLTH 2073Elective/Core listed in Freshman Term 20-3
OCTH 3145OCTH 3133 
OCTH 3203OCTH 3173 
PHYS 202 or 211 (Core 7/8)5OCTH 3193 
Statistics if not taken in Summer or Elective/ Core course (3), which can also be take Minimester between Junior Term 1 and Term 2.0-4OCTH 3233 
 16-20 15 0-3
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
OCTH 3255OCTH 4359 
OCTH 3263OCTH 4369 
OCTH 4283  
OCTH 4303  
Core/Elective (if necessary)0-3  
 14-17 18 
Total Units 123-140
1

This is a prerequisite for occupational therapy. One of these can move to Freshman Term 2 if student cannot get all prerequisites for occupational therapy in Term 1. BIOL 190 must be taken in Term 1 however.

2

Choose from Cores 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14.

3

Statistics (3-4 units) if not taken in Summer or  Elective/ Core course (3), can also be taken Minimester between Junior Term 1 and Junior Term 2

1. Students will demonstrate competency in using databases, search engines, and presentation software to access and properly display evidence of analysis and critique of literature related to occupational therapy philosophy, theory, and practice
2. BA/BS graduates will demonstrate readiness for fieldwork and graduate school through portfolio review process
3.Recent BA/BS graduates' performance on the OTKE examination will meet or exceed a score of 55
4.BA/BS graduates will succeed in first two semesters of graduate school