As a student in our pre-occupational therapy bachelor’s degree program, you’ll take classes led by experienced occupational therapists. With small class sizes, you’ll get all of the individualized attention you need as you learn how to develop and implement treatment plans for your patients. Through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience in clinical rotations, you’ll be able to take what you’ve learned and apply it in real-world situations. This is a limited enrollment program.
This program is designed to be combined with our Master of Science occupational therapy degree program.
Occupational therapists require master’s degrees. At Baker College, students must complete the pre-occupational therapy degree program before entering the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. Occupational therapists provide therapeutic interventions to individuals of all ages. Interventions are designed to promote successful engagement in everyday activities (occupations). These include the skills necessary for learning, social interaction and recovery from emotional, physical and/or cognitive limitations.
This program is concerned with providing a practical education that will enable graduates to apply their skills to a diverse population in a variety of settings. The curriculum will provide students with early exposure to the occupational therapy profession and to those conceptual models that are applied by occupational therapists on a daily basis.
The Baker College pre-occupational therapy bachelor’s degree program is a four-year, ACOTE-accredited program consisting of 121 credit hours (28 prerequisites and 78 hours of major requirements). Our curriculum includes 15 hours of general education requirements, program planning/intervention strategies and a fieldwork experience.
I chose Baker because they had such a detailed, laid-out plan for me. It got me working as a nurse, and their goal is to see everyone off and working. Baker faculty are very prepared professionals. I felt like they set me up for success.
Students must have successfully completed all Level I and Level II clinical experiences and have graduated from an accredited occupational therapy degree program to be eligible to sit for the national Occupational Therapist Registered Examination. States have licensure laws that occupational therapists must comply with to practice in that state.
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and the American Occupational Therapy Association have mandated that all entry-level occupational therapists must be prepared at the master’s degree level beginning January 2007. Therefore, all pre-occupational therapy students will be required to apply to the Baker College Center for Graduate Studies upon completion of the pre-occupational therapy bachelor’s degree program.
The Baker College Bachelor of Science in Pre-Occupational Therapy and Master of Occupational Therapy programs are combined as a 4+2 degree program; students complete four years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study. Graduate admission is open only to students who have completed the pre-occupational therapy program at Baker College.
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. Students are encouraged to contact state licensure agencies and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) at 301-990-7979 or www.nbcot.org prior to applying to the program.
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 is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929; Phone: 301-652-2682; Web address: www.acoteonline.org. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination.
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