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

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 credits 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 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. . 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. 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.

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
BIOL 191
191L
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LAB]
4
ENGL 102WRITING FOR A LIBERAL EDUCATION3
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
SOCI 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
Undergraduate Portion
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
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

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

Undergraduate Portion Plan of Study

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
BIOL 191
191L1
4TSEM 102 (Core 1)3 
ENGL 102 (Core 2)13MATH 111 or 115 (Core 3)3 
PSYC 10113Core/Elective23 
SOCI 10113Core/Elective23 
Elective/Core3Core/Elective23 
 16 15 
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
OCTH 2113PSYC 3613 
OCTH 2163OCTH 2133 
OCTH 2174OCTH 2183 
BIOL 221
221L
4BIOL 222
222L
4 
Core/Elective0-3BIOL 4272 
 14-17 15 
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 
 OCTH 3233 
 16 15 0-3
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
OCTH 3255OCTH 4283 
OCTH 3263OCTH 4303 
Core 133Core 143 
Statistics (MATH 231, MATH 237, ECON 205 or ECON 205)3-4Elective3 
 Elective3 
 14-15 15 
Total Units 120-127

 B.S. in Occupation and Well-Being awarded. Student advances to Graduate portion of program.

Graduate Portion Plan of Study

First Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2UnitsTerm 3Units
OCTH 6033OCTH 6113OCTH 6359
OCTH 6093OCTH 6123OCTH 6369
 OCTH 6783 
 OCTH 7823 
 6 12 18
Total Units 36
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. BS graduates will demonstrate readiness for graduate school and fieldwork through portfolio review process
3.Recent BS graduates' performance on the OTKE examination will meet or exceed a score of 55