Combined B.S./M.S. in Occupational Therapy
The Department is no longer admitting students to this program. Starting in the Fall of 2019, only those who have completed a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and all required prerequisites will be considered for graduate admission to the entry-level occupational therapy programs.
Undergraduate Portion of Combined B.S./M.S. Program
In addition to the Core Curriculum requirements, at the undergraduate level, Occupational Therapy majors must complete 13 units in prerequisite courses, 53 units in occupational therapy courses, which include 9 units in clinical courses, and 31-34 units in other required courses, including two approved electives, in order to receive the Bachelor's Degree in Occupation and Well-Being and to advance to the graduate portion of the BS/MS program. A total of 36 units of occupational therapy courses are required at the graduate level, including 18 units of level II fieldwork. All students must complete the two 12-week 480-hour full-time Level II fieldwork experiences*, one in physical disabilities (OCTH 635) and one in psychosocial practices (OCTH 636), where students apply theoretical knowledge and demonstrate entry-level competence for a licensed occupational therapist. Either may be with a children and youth focus. 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 TU 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. Courses applicable toward the major may not be taken under the Pass/Fail grading option.
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. Students must successfully complete all core curriculum requirements and undergraduate courses in order to earn the B.S. degree in Occupation and Well-Being. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the B.S. portion of the program and successfully complete a portfolio review process in order to be admitted to the graduate portion of the occupational therapy program. A grade equivalent below 2.00 in a required course will not count toward major units.in either the Bachelors or Masters portion. Students receiving a grade equivalent below 2.00 in a major course may retake the course once to improve their standing. Students may repeat no more than 2 courses required for the bachelor’s degree portion of the major. After advancement to graduate student status, completion of 36 graduate units is required, with 18 units in Level II fieldwork in OCTH 635 and OCTH 636. Students must receive a grade of Satisfactory in level II fieldwork. 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.
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|
|INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LECTURE]|
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LAB]
|ENGL 102||WRITING FOR A LIBERAL EDUCATION||3|
|PSYC 101||INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|SOCI 101||INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY||3|
|Select one of the following:||1-3|
|MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR HUMAN SERVICE WORKERS|
|MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND MEDICAL CONDITIONS|
|HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]|
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB]
|HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LECTURE]|
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LAB]
|BIOL 427||NEUROMUSCULAR MECHANISMS OF THE UPPER BODY||2|
|HLTH 207||HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.||3|
|OCTH 211||PHILOSOPHY OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY||3|
|OCTH 213||SMALL GROUP DYNAMICS||3|
|OCTH 216||LIFE SPAN ADAPTATION AND OCCUPATIONS||3|
|OCTH 217||ANALYSIS OF OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE||4|
|OCTH 218||ANALYSIS OF OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE II||3|
|OCTH 221||CLINICAL KINESIOLOGY||3|
|OCTH 313||ADULT NEUROLOGICAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY||3|
|OCTH 314||PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOSOCIAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE||5|
|OCTH 317||ADULT MUSCULOSKELETAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY||3|
|OCTH 319||PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION LEVEL I FIELDWORK||3|
|OCTH 320||PSYCHOSOCIAL LEVEL I FIELDWORK||3|
|OCTH 323||GERONTOLOGICAL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY||3|
|OCTH 325||OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH||5|
|OCTH 326||CHILDREN AND YOUTH LEVEL I FIELDWORK||3|
|OCTH 428||OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ORGANIZATIONS IN MODERN SOCIETY||3|
|OCTH 430||RESEARCH METHODS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY||3|
|PHYS 202||GENERAL PHYSICS FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES||4 -5|
|or PHYS 211||GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED|
|PSYC 361||ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY||3|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I|
|Graduate portion of BS/MS Program|
|OCTH 603||ISSUES IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY||3|
|OCTH 609||ADVANCED RESEARCH METHODS AND DATA ANALYSIS IN OCCUPATION BASED PRACTICE||3|
|OCTH 611||ADVANCED THEORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF OCCUPATION||3|
|OCTH 612||OT HEALTH PROMOTION INITIATIVES IN THE COMMUNITY||3|
|OCTH 635||LEVEL II FIELDWORK I||9|
|OCTH 636||LEVEL II FIELDWORK II||9|
|OCTH 678||ASSESSMENT THROUGHOUT THE LIFESPAN||3|
|OCTH 782||RESEARCH PRACTICUM||3|
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
Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.
Undergraduate Portion Plan of Study
|Term 1||Units||Term 2||Units|
|4||TSEM 102 (Core 1)||3|
|ENGL 102 (Core 2)1||3||MATH 111 or 115 (Core 3)||3|
|Term 1||Units||Term 2||Units|
|OCTH 211||3||PSYC 361||3|
|OCTH 216||3||OCTH 213||3|
|OCTH 217||4||OCTH 218||3|
|Term 1||Units||Term 2||Units||Summer (Optional)||Units|
|OCTH 221||3||HLTH 207||3||Elective/Core listed in Freshman Term 2||0-3|
|OCTH 314||5||OCTH 313||3|
|OCTH 320||3||OCTH 317||3|
|PHYS 202 or 211 (Core 7/8)||5||OCTH 319||3|
|Term 1||Units||Term 2||Units|
|OCTH 325||5||OCTH 428||3|
|OCTH 326||3||OCTH 430||3|
|Core 13||3||Core 14||3|
|Statistics (MATH 231, MATH 237, ECON 205 or ECON 205)||3-4||Elective||3|
|Total Units 120-127|
B.S. in Occupation and Well-Being awarded. Student advances to Graduate portion of program.
Graduate Portion Plan of Study
|Term 1||Units||Term 2||Units||Term 3||Units|
|OCTH 603||3||OCTH 611||3||OCTH 635||9|
|OCTH 609||3||OCTH 612||3||OCTH 636||9|
|Total Units 36|
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.
Choose from Cores 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14.
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
- 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.
- BS graduates will demonstrate readiness for graduate school and fieldwork.
- Recent BS graduates' performance on the OTKE examination will meet or exceed a score of 55.