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Occupational TherapyMaster of Occupational Therapy

Help people live more independently.

Prepare for a career that’s rewarding every day.

Occupational therapists work with people who have physical and mental challenges, helping them improve their ability to perform everyday tasks and achieve more independence. They begin by making an assessment of the patient’s current abilities, and then develop and implement a plan of care that help the patient learn or regain the skills they need to live and work.

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Career Facts

$75,400

Median salary for Occupational Therapists

29%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$87,120

Median salary for Supervisors - Occupational Therapy

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Overview

Baker’s Master of Occupational Therapy program is a continuation of the Bachelor of Health Science Pre-Occupational Therapy program.

The graduate level program revolves around learning through problem-based case management, blending theory, logic, clinical reasoning, and pragmatic skills in an interactive learning environment. The curriculum is designed to encourage discussion and debate, and puts emphasis on the skills required to develop treatment choices based on sound research and theoretical assumptions. 

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared for entry-level practice, national certification, and state licensure.

Applications are available prior to the fall semester while students are completing required prerequisite courses.

A criminal conviction may prevent eligibility to sit for the national certification examination, qualification for state registration/licensure, specific employment opportunities, and placement at Level I and Level II clinical sites.

This program is not offered online.

Program Requirements

The MOT curriculum meets the current standards mandated by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). This program is fully accredited by ACOTE, located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; Phone: 301-652-2682; Web address:www.acoteonline.org.

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Program Performance

Baker College routinely tracks the pass rates for all graduates of the national certification examination for occupational therapy.  The direct link to the NBCOT program data results is: https://secure.nbcot.org/DATA/SCHOOLSTATS.ASPXoccupational therapy.

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Course Information
Occupational Therapy Major Requirements44 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
OCC 501
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5 Quarter Hours

Covers assessment and the development of treatment strategies using current frames of reference in detail. Students are prepared to apply theoretical concepts in practice settings serving children.

Program Planning/Intervention (Childhood)5
OCC 505
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers mental health assessment and treatment strategies using psychosocial frames of reference and evidence based research. Therapeutic use of self, occupation, and group processes are emphasized.

Assessment and Treatment Interventions for Mental Health Practice4
OCC 511
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with skills in utilizing methodologies of research by applying them to occupational therapy practices. Students will analyze research literature and learn how to prepare research proposals.

Occupational Therapy Research4
OCC 512
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on participation in data collection, analysis, and interpretation for both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. A research proposal will be completed at the end of the course and submitted for approval which will allow students to conduct a final research project.

Qualitative and Quantitative Research Techniques4
OCC 513A
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4 Quarter Hours

Allows students the opportunity to design, develop, and implement a research project utilizing skills from occupational therapy experiences and the statistical course sequence.

Independent Study in Occupational Therapy Research4
OCC 521
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4 Quarter Hours

Builds on knowledge gained in clinical kinesiology. Students will learn upper extremity anatomy in detail through lecture and clinical application. Emphasis will be on using knowledge of the upper extremity to develop clinical reasoning skills for the rehabilitation of upper extremity dysfunction.

Upper Extremity Anatomy4
OCC 522
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the selection, fit, and fabrication of splints. This course includes related topics of hand therapy assessment and treatment, modalities, and wound care.

Splinting and Related Hand Therapy Topics4
OCC 530A
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6 Quarter Hours

Utilizing a problem-based approach, students are guided through the process of applying clinical reasoning principles to a variety of cases. Clinical observations and case assignments will be utilized to reflect on and process experiences. Ethical issues related to treatment and service provision will be discussed.

Case Based Clinical Reasoning6
OCC 541A
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on developing leadership and management skills necessary in occupational therapy service delivery. Students will learn how to facilitate high quality care for clients while being responsive to productivity and reimbursement standards. Topics include, but are not limited to, legislative advocacy, personnel management, consultation, new program marketing, professional competency, and ethics.

Leadership and Management Roles in Occupational Therapy Practice4
OCC 561
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides supervised opportunities in the community to design, deliver, and evaluate service programing in traditional and emerging areas of practice that has as its focus psychological and social factors. Emphasis will be on the application of knowledge in real world settings.

Level I Fieldwork (Psychological and Social Factors)+C3924
OCC 691
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1 Quarter Hours

Provides the opportunity to synthesize the academic and clinical learning experience by focusing on a comprehensive review for the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination. The review will include the domain areas of the examination and test taking strategies.

Graduate Seminar in Certification Preparation1
Clinical Fieldwork Requirements12 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
OCC 571
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6 Quarter Hours

Provides a full-time, three-month clinical affiliation in a setting which provides students with experience in an occupational therapy practice. Students must complete all OT major coursework and gain approval by the program director of the Occupational Therapy program before enrolling in this course.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork6
OCC 572
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6 Quarter Hours

Provides a full-time, three-month clinical affiliation in a setting which provides students with experience in an occupational therapy practice. Students must complete all OT major coursework and gain approval by the program director of the Occupational Therapy program before enrolling in this course.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork6

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 56

Program Description

The delivery of the Occupational Therapy program at the graduate level revolves around instructors facilitating learning through problem-based case management. Students in the MOT program will be required to utilize theory, logic, clinical reasoning, and pragmatic skills in an interactive learning environment. It is expected that students will participate in discussion, debate, and develop treatment choices based on sound research and theoretical assumptions. The Master of Occupational Therapy curriculum emphasizes mastery of skills required for entry-level practice. The curriculum is designed so that graduates can review, understand, conduct, and interpret research activities. Evidence-based practice initiatives make it essential that practitioner's research skills are well developed.

A criminal conviction may prevent eligibility to sit for the national certification examination, qualification for state license, specific employment opportunities, and placement at Level I and Level II clinical sites.  All students must submit to a background check and possible finger printing.

Program Status: Limited Enrollment

Program Requirements

The delivery of the Occupational Therapy Program at the graduate level revolves around instructors facilitating learning through problem-based case management. Students in the MOT program will be required to utilize theory, logic, clinical reasoning, and pragmatic skills in an interactive learning environment. It is expected that students will participate in discussion, debate, and develop treatment choices based on sound research and theoretical assumptions. Students will demonstrate clinical skills as well as the ability to provide a rationale for treatment and expected outcomes. Students will not only display advanced clinical skills in laboratory settings, but they will also reflect advanced knowledge through scholarly writing by completing a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The MOT curriculum emphasizes mastery of skills required for entry-level practice. The curriculum is designed so that graduates can review, understand, conduct, and interpret research activities. Evidence-based practice initiatives make it essential that practitioner research skills are well developed.

This program is specifically designed as a continuation of the Bachelor of Health Sciences Pre-Occupational Therapy Program (in the Health Sciences program pages). Transfer students may be considered for admission after analysis of undergraduate prerequisite courses. The six month fieldwork requirement must be met no later than one year after all academic coursework is completed. Upon graduation the student will be qualified to take the national certification examination. A criminal conviction may prevent eligibility to sit for the national certification examination, qualification for state licensure, specific employment opportunities, and placement at Level I and Level II clinical sites.

Baker College's Master of Occupational Therapy program is a continuation of the Bachelor of Health Science Pre-Occupational Therapy program.

ACOTE ACCREDITATION

The MOT curriculum meets the current standards mandated by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). This program is fully accredited by ACOTE, located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; Phone: 301-652-2682; Web address: www.acoteonline.org.

MOT ADMISSION INFORMATION

Admission to a graduate degree program as a degree candidate is classified as either full or conditional status. Conditional status is an enrollment status applicable to students who may be deficient in one of the requirements or standards for matriculation such as: pending completion of their bachelor degree, letter of recommendation, or another credential required by the program. For applicants admitted on conditional status, the Center for Graduate Studies will specify the conditions for admissions. If the conditions are not met, the student will be dismissed from the program. Graduate school application forms and detailed directions are available from the administrative offices. Applications and required credentials must be received prior to the deadline to be considered for matriculation. Acceptance decisions are determined by the Admission Committee. Students applying for matriculation into the MOT program must submit the following materials:

  • Completed Graduate College Application form.
  • Non-refundable $25.00 application fee.
  • A typed essay (750-1000 words) in response to the following questions:
    1) How have your academic work, professional work, and/or life experiences prepared you for the Baker College Center for Graduate Studies program you seek to enter?
    2) What are your personal, professional, and/or career goals 5 and 10 years after your earn your Baker College Center for Graduate Studies degree?
    3) How will earning this degree help you achieve these goals?
    4) What do you view as your greatest strengths and challenges in order to successfully complete the graduate program?
  • Official college transcripts indicating an undergraduate degree in a health related discipline containing specific pre-OT courses.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. The applicant’s undergraduate degree must be from a regionally accredited college or university. Official college transcripts must be mailed from the institution granting the degree directly to the Center for Graduate Studies.
  • GRE scores may be submitted if the student wants the scores considered in the admissions decision.
Accreditation

The Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited as a combined baccalaureate/master degree program by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; Phone: (301) 652-2682; Web address: www.acoteonline.org.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

Program Performance

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy certification results:

Baker College routinely tracks the pass rates for all graduates of the national certification examination for occupational therapy. ACOTE accreditation standards require the average pass rate over the three most recent years for graduates attempting the national certification exam within 12 months of graduation from the program must be of 80% or higher (*regardless of the number of attempts). The following information is based on data received from the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

The direct link to the NBCOT program data results is: https://secure.nbcot.org/DATA/SCHOOLSTATS.ASPX

The total number of graduates from the Baker College Center for Graduate Studies Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 102, with an overall graduation rate of 94%.

Graduation Year Students Entering Students Graduating Graduation Rate
2013 24 24 100%
2014 45 44 95%
2015 39 34 87%
Total 108 102 94%
Application Information

TO: All students seeking Occupational Therapy as their program of choice
FROM: Dr. Jo Anne Crain, PhD, OTRL, Dean and Program Director
RE: Limited enrollment selection process for the Occupational Therapy program 

This letter is to inform all students applying to the Baker College Occupational Therapy Program.

A maximum of 40 students are accepted at the end of the summer term each year.  Accepted students will begin the professional track of the program in September. This process also applies to those students who are transferring to Baker College with a bachelor degree.

This letter explains the application and acceptance process.   

The Baker College Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) as a combined bachelor and master degree program. This means that all students must complete the undergraduate occupational therapy courses as well as the graduate courses for eligibility to sit for the required national certification examination. A student with a previously earned bachelor degree will receive a second bachelor degree from Baker College. The number of required courses will depend on number of credits transferred as approved by the Baker College Registrar. Your admission advisor will assist you with this process. Credit for work or experiential learning is not accepted for any course in the program.

Information concerning accreditation can be found at ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449 or www.acoteonline.org

Information concerning performance on the national certification examination can be found at https://secure.nbcot.org/DATA/SCHOOLSTATS.ASPX

The applications for the Pre-Occupational Therapy Program are distributed only in the OCC 101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy course.

A student requesting transfer credit for Introduction to Occupational Therapy from another college/university must contact the program director at joanne.crain@baker.edu to request an application.  

The following describes the necessary requirements for applying to the program:

The maximum number of points a student can earn towards admission is 100.  Application points will be calculated using the following criteria:

1.  GPA of prerequisite courses (B- or better is required)
+90 points possible

  • Double weighted courses:  SCI 101 Anatomy & Physiology I, SCI 102 Anatomy & Physiology II, SCI 271A Clinical Kinesiology, OCC 101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
  • Single weighted courses:  MED 103 Medical Terminology, ENG 102 English Composition

2.  Written essay
+ 10 points possible

  • Guidelines for the essay will be provided with the application.

The first step in the process is to contact the Admission Department at Baker College of Flint at 810-766-4000 for an appointment or visit the Flint Admission Department at 1050 West Bristol Road, Flint Michigan 48507


Jo Anne Crain, PhD, OTRL
Dean, Master of Occupational Therapy
Baker College Center for Graduate Studies

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

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