Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is a 30-month program. The curriculum consists of 81 hours and focuses on training high-quality occupational therapists for the rural region of Eastern Oklahoma. In addition to the professional programming within the coursework, cultural sensitivity education to the American Indians served in the area is integrated throughout the curriculum. The program is designed to meet the requirements for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association for professional accreditation. The program addresses the curricular standards of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

NSU's entry-level occupational therapy master's degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice: however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure. 

Certification Examination Results

The pass rate on the NBCOT Certification Examination for the 2016 graduates was 100%. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at

Catalog Information

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Introductory Psychology (3 hours)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • Life-Span Development (3 hours)
  • Sociology or Anthropology (3 hours)
  • *Human Anatomy (4-5 hours)
  • *Human Physiology (4 hours)
  • Medical Terminology or Medical Vocabulary (1-3 hours)
  • Physics I (4 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)

*Please note there may course requirements prior to taking prerequisite courses

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate professional competencies in communication and a commitment to professional growth through life-long learning

  • Demonstrate ethical awareness, compassion, cultural sensitivity including tribal mores unique to American Indians in Eastern Oklahoma, and cultural responsiveness when providing interventions and planning programs

  • Demonstrate leadership skills that advocate for individuals and groups, promote the profession and improve the service delivery of occupational therapy

  • Demonstrate entry-level practice competencies based upon a comprehensive understanding of human occupation and occupational performance to select and competently apply clinical assessments and therapeutic strategies

Course Work

The program consists of 81 hours of coursework on our Muskogee campus. Please see our course descriptions for additional information.


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Retention and Progression Standards

A student enrolled in the Occupational Therapy Program must maintain a 3.0 grade point average or above in all didactic and field experience course work. Any student earning a GPA below 3.0 is placed on probation. Once on probation, the student has 9 hours of coursework in order to bring his/her GPA up to a 3.0. Students failing to achieve the 3.0 GPA are suspended from the Graduate College and the program.

Students must receive a grade of "C" or above in each course taken within the curriculum. Students earning grades below a "C" may not progress to the next semester's courses. The students must retake the course the next time it is offered and must petition the program's faculty. Once they retake the course and receive a grade of "C" or above they may resume their progression through the curriculum.

Graduation Standards

  • Completion of course work with a 3.0 GPA or better within six years of the completion of the first course in the curriculum

  • Completion of field experiences with a 3.0 GPA or better

Graduation Rate

The first cohort of students began the program in January 2014 and graduated in August of 2016. Twelve students began the program and ten graduated. The graduation rate for the first cohort of the program was 100%. 

Faculty and Staff

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Degree Available at

  • Muskogee

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