Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. 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.

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

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 Rate

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2018 20/19 95%
2019 20/20 100%
2020 20/19 95%
TOTAL 60/58 97%

Pass Rate on NBCOT Certification Examination

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at

Graduation Year Pass Rate
2018 100%
2019 100%
2020 100%


You are invited to an Occupational Therapy Open House!

Muskogee Campus, Mike Synar Center, Room 214

Times & Dates:
Call 918-444-5216 for times and dates.

For more information and to reserve a seat, please contact Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at 918-444-5216 or email us at

Course Catalog

Occupational Therapy Course Sequence

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