Our MSOT program at Baker College is a continuation of our pre-occupational therapy bachelor’s degree program. This program reinforces the clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills based on research and theory necessary to develop client-centered treatment choices. This is a limited enrollment program.
The delivery of the master’s degree in occupational therapy program revolves around instructors facilitating learning through problem-based case management. Students in the MSOT 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 discussions and debates and develop treatment choices based on sound research and theoretical assumptions.
The master’s degree in occupational therapy curriculum emphasizes mastery of the 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 practitioners’ research skills are well developed.
The Baker College Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is a two-year, ACOTE-accredited program consisting of 38 credit hours of major requirements. Our curriculum includes occupational therapy research, leadership and management roles in occupational therapy practice and two three-month clinical experiences.
The Baker Occupational Therapy Program allowed us to meet individuals in the community. My classmates and I worked with various populations, from the elderly, pediatrics, mentally disabled, and other areas within the health field. These opportunities were the most rewarding because we were able to advocate for our profession as well as build confidence as students.
The occupational therapy program is a combined undergraduate (pre-occupational therapy) and graduate (master’s degree in occupational therapy) program. You will first complete the undergraduate courses through our pre-occupational therapy program, then complete two years in our occupational therapy master’s program.
Once both programs are completed, as well as your Level II clinical courses, you’ll be able to sit for the national certification exam to qualify for state licensure.
A felony conviction may affect your ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure.
Upon passage of the national Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) Examination, graduates seeking employment will obtain positions in or related to occupational therapy. At least 95% of all graduates will be employed as occupational therapists or in related positions within 90 days of eligibility.
The occupational therapy program at Baker College is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) www.acoteonline.org, located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929; Phone: 301-652-2682. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination.
This program is offered in-person on our campus in Auburn Hills. In Michigan our students come from Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Cadillac, Dearborn, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Owosso, Traverse City, and many other locations. Beyond Michigan, our online graduates hail from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and other states.
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