Applications for this program, which will welcome its first cohort in fall 2024, are now open.
April 1, priority deadline is January 15
Entrance exam: GRE
Exam waiver available: Yes
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Walking the dog. Brushing your teeth. Simple activities for most. But for those with acquired or developmental challenges, the simple activities that many take for granted are monumental, if not impossible, tasks.
Occupational therapists assess the fit between the environment, a person’s abilities and the tasks the individual wants or needs to do, in order to optimize their participation in those tasks. Through App State’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program, you will discover how science, creativity and compassion converge in this helping profession, which is in high demand across medical, educational and human service settings.
The program will provide you with a strong foundation in culturally competent and compassionate care, along with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a highly qualified and certified occupational therapist. Your studies will focus on working with people across the lifespan, helping them develop or reclaim the skills to do things they want, need or have to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities.
In addition to a robust curriculum, students will complete two 12-week fieldwork placements with regional occupational therapy providers, working under the supervision of faculty and staff in the Beaver College of Health Sciences.
App State’s MSOT program is currently in eligibility status for accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, with full accreditation expected by spring 2026. Students who graduate from accredited MSOT programs are eligible to take the national certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. The program is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Median annual salary of OT graduates nationwide, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
U.S. News & World Report’s Most Innovative School in the South for 2024.
The Princeton Review named App State among the best schools in the U.S. and the Southeast for 2024.
Where can an App State degree take you? Anywhere you want to go!
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