Master of Science in Occupational Therapy - Bridge Program

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy - Bridge Program


The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Bridge Program at Keiser University is designed to educate health care providers with COTA credentials to build upon their existing professional experience. In the course of completing the MSOT graduate degree, students in the program will develop managerial, program assessment, and client evaluation skills while expanding their leadership roles in the field of occupational therapy.

NYUS’s Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy will include instructional delivery methods that are both campus-based and hybrid.  The program integrates didactic, face-to-face, and clinical experiences to prepare students to achieve success on the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) exam, and to function as a generalist occupational therapist within the profession.

Program Objectives

Keiser University’s MSOT program enables students to:

  • Articulate and apply occupational therapy theory, client-centered evaluation, and OT practice-related evidence to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupations.
  • Articulate occupational therapy theory, analyze practice-related evidence and apply the subsequent evaluation strategies for effective planning of OT services and treatment implementation.
  • Apply occupational therapy theory and evidence-based research to inform practice.
  • Develop and modify intervention plans based on assessment of the client, client priorities, client discharge needs, environmental factors, and expected outcomes.
  • Demonstrate entry-level clinical competence through a combination of academic and fieldwork education culminating in meeting established professional criteria.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively utilize available resources and create/generate new resources to meet the needs of OT clients and populations.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and leadership abilities reflective of an ethical, competent health care professional within the occupational therapy profession.
  • Engage in scholarly endeavors to describe the scope of the profession.
  • Demonstrate effective interdisciplinary collaboration skills in order to maximize OT clients’ and populations’ functional outcomes.
  • Engage in scholarly endeavors to interpret and apply evidence-based practice data to OT practice.
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills in writing through organizing, thinking critically, and communicating ideas and information in documents and presentations.

Prerequisites for Major Courses

The prerequisites for major courses are as follows (earned credits from an OTA program are acceptable):

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • College Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • English Composition I (3 credit hours)
  • English Composition II (3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Life Span Development (3 credit hours)

Candidates must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) with no grade less than C for all pre-requisite/co-requisite courses. Any pre-requisite courses taken prior to admission to the MSOT program must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university.  Candidates without all prerequisites will be allowed to take up to four (4) courses as co-requisites during their first semester in the MSOT program.

Note: Students who enter the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program must have computer access with internet capabilities.  Basic computer skills (Word, PowerPoint, and e-mail) are required.

Program Outline

To receive a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, students must earn 171.0 program-specific semester credit hours, inclusive of: Pre-requisite/Co-requisite courses, Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant degree courses (84 semester credit hours), upper-division undergraduate courses, and graduate courses.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Upper Division Undergraduate Core Courses
(24 credit hours)
OTH3000 Foundations of Occupational Therapy 4.0 credit hours
OTH3036 Occupational Perspective on Health 4.0 credit hours
OTH4517 Health Care Management 4.0 credit hours
OTH4758 Life Balance: Multidisciplinary Theories & Research 4.0 credit hours
OTH4716 Leadership in Occupational Therapy 4.0 credit hours
OTH4759 Evidence-based Approaches in Occupational Therapy 4.0 credit hours

Upon completion of the above requirements, inclusive of pre-requisites and equivalent to 120.0 semester credit hours, a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Health will be awarded.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Graduate Core Courses
(51 credit hours)
OTH5243 Functional Human Motion 4.0 credit hours
OTH5445 Assistive Technology in Occupational Therapy 3.0 credit hours
OTH5245 Neuroanatomy for Occupational Therapy 4.0 credit hours
OTH5352 Occupational Therapy Process: Mental Health 4.0 credit hours
OTH5428 Occupational Therapy Process: Physical Disabilities 4.0 credit hours
OTH5854 Field Work Level I, part 2 (Adults) 3.0 credit hours
OTH5604 Occupational Therapy Process: Geriatric 4.0 credit hours
OTH5519 Occupational Therapy Process: Pediatric 4.0 credit hours
OTH5853 Field Work Level I, part 1 (Pediatric/Adolescent) 3.0 credit hours
OTH6770 Applied Research in Occupational Therapy 2.0 credit hours
OTH6937 Fieldwork Seminar I 2.0 credit hours
OTH6941 Fieldwork Level II, part I 6.0 credit hours
OTH6938 Fieldwork Seminar II 2.0 credit hours
OTH6942 Fieldwork Level II, part II 6.0 credit hours

NOTE: The MSOT program 16-week semesters are each comprised of two eight-week terms, exclusive of fieldwork semesters.  Students are scheduled for two courses concurrently, except for the first semester.   In the first semester students will take one (1) MSOT course and up to two (2) co-requisite courses per eight-week term.

The on-line component of each course is asynchronous in nature; however, students are required to attend scheduled practical laboratories on-campus approximately one (1) weekend per month (Fridays and Saturdays).

The NYUS Occupational Therapy Bridged Program has applied for accreditation and has been granted “Candidacy Status” by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) at NYUS.US of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) at NYUS.US.  ACOTE is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE’S telephone number C/O AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. Upon completion of the accreditation process, graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT; After successful completion of the national certification examination, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

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