Occupational Therapy

Degree Offered

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M.S. in Occupational Therapy

Campus Options

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

Application Deadline

Fall:        February 2, 2015 
Spring:    No Spring Admission

M.S. IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy is a 73 credit program designed to provide entry level education in occupational therapy.  Students admitted to this program will earn a Master of Science in occupational therapy in just 2 ½ full-time years of study. A student who has earned a baccalaureate degree from Kean University or another accredited institution is welcome to apply to our program.  At Kean, we understand that students have varied interests and we welcome applicants with various baccalaureate degrees. Students from diverse educational and experiential backgrounds create our unique program. The application process takes place through the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University. Approximately 30 students are admitted into the program each September. Each student accepted into the program completes five semesters of required academic courses and a minimum of six months of supervised fieldwork in an approved clinical setting. Clinical fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of academic courses. Students successfully completing the program will be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be able to identify him or herself as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states, including New Jersey, require licensure in order to practice. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Exam.*      

Kean University is renowned for its excellent value, the highest quality education with the lowest tuition rates. Our tuition is among the lowest of New Jersey's fine state colleges and universities.

The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  Correspondence should be directed to: ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. Their phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. Website: www.acoteonline.org.

* Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to take the certification examination and/or attain state licensure.

M.S. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS    

This program admits in the fall semester only.

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 from all colleges attended
  • Minimum grade of "B" or better in each prerequisite course
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from an occupational therapist. The Letter of Recommendation Form must be attached to the typed letter. Letters must be within two years of applying. 
  • Documented observation of occupational therapy services within a variety of age groups and practice areas for a minimum of 40 hours in two or more practice settings. Each applicant may choose from a diverse variety of settings, such as: hospital settings, community based programs, skilled nursing facilities, early intervention, school based programs, home care, outpatient programs, hand therapy sites and/or mental health sites. Please complete the OT Observation Rating Form for each site.
  • Current Professional Resume/CV
  • Respond to a departmental question-"Describe a current event or societal issue and how you feel OT could impact the situation."
  • Departmental interview may be required
  • TOEFL (for applicants whose native language is not English)
NoteMeeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee interview or admission.  Interviews will be conducted at the discretion of the occupational therapy department admissions committee.

 

M.S. PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK

The courses outlined here are the Kean University courses that satisfy the prerequisite requirements required for admission and are also listed below.

Minimum grade of "B" or better in each prerequisite course

  • General Psychology (3 credits)
  • Intro to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology l and ll (8 credits, with lab)*+
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology* (3 credits)
  • Psychological Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introduction to OT** (3 credits)
*These courses must be taken within 5 years of application to program
**This course can only be taken at Kean University
+This course cannot be taken online
 

With the exception of Introduction to Occupational Therapy, prerequisites do not need to be taken at Kean University. The applicant may complete prerequisites at any accredited college or university in the USA, including two-year community colleges. It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine whether or not their prerequisite courses match the Kean University requirements. Specific questions regarding prerequisite courses will be gladly answered at one of our information sessions, or by emailing ot@kean.edu.  All course work will be entered on the online application.

Please note: At the time of application, prospective students may have only three prerequisite courses outstanding/in progress. If admitted to the program, acceptance will be conditional, requiring the student receive a grade of “B” or better in the outstanding course(s) before the fall semester commences. Due to the competitive applicant pool, the Admissions Committee strongly encourages the completion of all prerequisite courses prior to application.

M.S. APPLICATION INFORMATION

Please forward all supporting documentation (official transcripts, letters of recommendation, OT observation rating form, current professional resume/CV) to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083

If you have questions regarding admission, please contact Admissions Chair Melissa Fedosh, MS, OTR, RYT, at ot@kean.edu.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions relating to the admissions process for the M.S. program.

M.S. COURSE SEQUENCE

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Semester One – 17 Credits

OT 5002

Foundations of OT

1 credit

OT 5210

Conditions Across the Lifespan I

2 credits

OT 5612

Group Development Across the Lifespan

3 credits

OT 5400

Theoretical Guidelines to Practice I

4 credits

OT 5500

Kinesiology

3 credits

BIO 5405

Gross Anatomy

4 credits

 

Semester Two – 15 Credits

OT 5401

Theoretical Guidelines to Practice II

4 credits

OT 5303

Occupations Across the Lifespan

3 credits

OT 5611

Community Partnerships & Service

1 credit

OT 5223

Conditions Across the Lifespan II

3 credits

BIO 5406

Neuroscience

4 credits

 

Summer Session – 3 Credits

OT 5520

Research Methods in OT I

3 credits

 

Semester Three

Track A – 15 Credits

OT 6521

Research Methods in OT II

3 credits

OT 6920

Seminar in Psychosocial Practice

6 credits

OT 6923

Seminar in Pediatric Practice

6 credits

Track B – 15 Credits

OT 5550

Administration, Supervision and Advocacy

3 credits

OT 6921

Seminar in Adult Rehab Practice

6 credits

OT 6610

Orthotics, Prosthetics & Modalities

3 credits

OT 6521 Research Methods in OT II 3 credits

 

Semester Four

Track A – 15 Credits

OT 5550 Administration, Supervision and Advocacy 3 credits

OT 6525

Advanced Research in OT

3 credits

OT 6610

Orthotics, Prosthetics & Modalities

3 credits

OT 6921

Seminar in Adult Rehab Practice

6 credits

Track B – 15 Credits

OT 6525

Advanced Research in OT

3 credits

OT 6920

Seminar in Psychosocial Practice

6 credits

OT 6923

Seminar in Pediatric Practice

6 credits

 

Semester Five – 8 Credits

OT 6960

Advanced Fieldwork Seminar I

4 credits

OT 6961

Advanced Fieldwork Seminar II

4 credits

TOTAL OF 73 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

Please refer to the Nathan Weiss Graduate College 2013-2015 Catalog for descriptions of the courses in the sequence, starting on page 38.
 
Please Note: Tracks are determined prior to the students entering the professional phase of the program. Tracks are based on geographic location for potential fieldwork placements, full/part time status in the program, and dual degree versus graduate status. 
 

 

DUAL DEGREE ENTRY TO THE OT PROGRAM

 
The dual degree program in occupational therapy provides the opportunity for a student to begin their graduate education during their senior year of undergraduate education. A student accepted to this program will earn a combined baccalaureate degree in one of 9 majors and master of science in occupational therapy in just  5 ½ years.
 
A WISE INVESTMENT
Admission to the dual degree program will save the student one year of academic study, as credits earned in the first year of the master of science program are applied to complete the bachelor’s degree requirements.
 
HOW IT WORKS
At Kean, we understand that students have varied interests. It is important that you choose a major in which you are interested.  Remember that the major you select will be the major for which you will receive your bachelor’s degree from Kean. Your major choice does not affect your chance of being accepted into the occupational therapy program.  All students are required to complete the prerequisite courses for the occupational therapy program, regardless of major selected.
 
Students interested in the dual degree program may choose from one of 9 available undergraduate majors:
 
1.       Biology (General)
2.       Communication (Public Communication Option)
3.       Earth Science (General)
4.       Fine Arts
5.       History
6.       Psychology
7.       Recreation Administration (Therapeutic Recreation Option)
8.       Sociology
9.       Spanish
 
During junior year, the student applies for admission to the occupational therapy program. If accepted, courses taken during the first year of the MS in OT program will be used to complete the senior year of the undergraduate major.
 
At the end of their senior year, the student will receive a bachelor’s degree in their selected major. At the end of the fifth year, the student will receive their Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Clinical fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of academic coursework.  Students successfully completing the program will be eligible to take the national certification examination, administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT).
 
NOTE: If not accepted into the Dual Degree program, the student will continue to complete their undergraduate degree requirements for their senior year, and can choose to reapply after graduating with a baccalaureate degree. Please then refer to the M.S. Occupational Therapy Admission tab.
 

DUAL DEGREE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

This program admits in the fall semester only.
 
To be considered for admission into the dual degree occupational therapy program, the following requirements must be met:
  • Required general education course and requirements of undergraduate major
    • A copy of the student’s updated and guide sheet, which indicates all courses taken thus far, must be provided. The student must indicate when incomplete courses will be taken. The guide sheet MUST be completed in its entirety and signed by your advisor. Please see your undergraduate academic advisor for this sheet.
  • A minimum of 32 credits taken at Kean University, half of which must be applied to their major
  • At least 88 credits towards their undergraduate degree prior to beginning the OT program
  • Prerequisites of the OT program completed by the end of Summer Session II, prior to beginning the OT program
  • Click here to access and complete the Dual Degree Prerequisite Form. This form MUST be completed and submitted with your application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite courses
  • Three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from an occupational therapist. The Letter of Recommendation Form must be attached to the typed letter. Letters must be within two years of applying.
  • Documented observation of occupational therapy services within a variety of age groups and practice areas for a minimum of 40 hours in two or more practice settings. Each applicant may choose from a diverse variety of settings, such as: hospital settings, community based programs, skilled nursing facilities, early intervention, school based programs, home care, outpatient programs, hand therapy sites and/or mental health sites.  Please complete the OT Observation Rating Form for each site.
  • Respond to a departmental question
  • Departmental interview may be required
Please note:
  • Remaining elective credits will be used to begin the OT program. The credits earned in the first year of the OT program are counted as elective credits toward the baccalaureate degree in the student’s chosen major.
  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee interview or admission.  Interviews will be conducted at the discretion of the occupational therapy department admissions committee.
 

DUAL DEGREE PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK

The courses described  here are the Kean University courses, which satisfy the prerequisite requirements. Print out and complete the appropriate prerequisite form, found here.  This form MUST be submitted as part of your application packet.
 
Minimum grade of "B" or better in each prerequisite course is required
  • General Psychology (3 credits)
  • Intro to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology l and ll (8 credits, with lab)*
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology* (3 credits)
  • Psychological Statistics (3 credits)
  • Introduction to OT** (3 credits)
  • Essentials of Chemistry (w/lab) (4 credits)
*These courses must be taken within 5 years of application to program
**This course can only be taken at Kean University
 

DUAL DEGREE APPLICATION INFORMATION

You will need to complete and print the application. Please return a hard copy of the application to the occupational therapy department. No applications sent via email will be accepted. To download the application to the dual degree program, please CLICK HERE.
 
The application deadline is the 3rd Friday in January for admission the following September.
 
Please forward all supporting documentation—official transcripts, letters of recommendation, OT observation rating form, current professional resume/CV, prerequisite course list— to the Department of Occupational Therapy:
 
Department of Occupational Therapy
East Campus Room 224
Kean University
215 North Ave
Hillside, NJ 07205
 
If you have questions regarding admission, please contact Melissa Fedosh, Admissions Chair at ot@kean.edu.
 

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions relating to the admissions process for the dual-degree program.

Note: Beginning in 2015, all applications will be online.
 

DUAL DEGREE COURSE SEQUENCE 

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Semester One – 17 Credits

OT 4002

Foundations of OT

1 credit

OT 5210

Conditions Across the Lifespan I

2 credits

OT 4612

Group Development Across the Lifespan

3 credits

OT 5400

Theoretical Guidelines to Practice I

4 credits

OT 4500

Kinesiology

3 credits

BIO 3405

Gross Anatomy

4 credits

 

Semester Two – 15 Credits

OT 5401

Theoretical Guidelines to Practice II

4 credits

OT 4303

Occupations Across the Lifespan

3 credits

OT 4611

Community Partnerships & Service

1 credit

OT 4223

Conditions Across the Lifespan II

3 credits

BIO 3406

Neuroscience

4 credits

 

Summer Session – 3 Credits

OT 5520

Research Methods in OT I

3 credits

 

Semester Three

Track A – 15 Credits

OT 6521

Research Methods in OT II

3 credits

OT 6920

Seminar in Psychosocial Practice

6 credits

OT 6923

Seminar in Pediatric Practice

6 credits

Track B – 15 Credits

OT 5550

Administration, Supervision and Advocacy

3 credits

OT 6921

Seminar in Adult Rehab Practice

6 credits

OT 6610

Orthotics, Prosthetics & Modalities

3 credits

OT 6521

Research Methods in OT II

3 credits

 

Semester Four

Track A – 15 Credits

OT 5550

Administration, Supervision and Advocacy

3 credits

OT 6525

Advanced Research in OT

3 credits

OT 6610

Orthotics, Prosthetics & Modalities

3 credits

OT 6921

Seminar in Adult Rehab Practice

6 credits

Track B – 15 Credits

OT 6525

Advanced Research in OT

3 credits

OT 6920

Seminar in Psychosocial Practice

6 credits

OT 6923

Seminar in Pediatric Practice

6 credits

 

Semester Five – 8 Credits

OT 6960

Advanced Fieldwork Seminar I

4 credits

OT 6961

Advanced Fieldwork Seminar II

4 credits

TOTAL OF 73 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

Please refer to the Nathan Weiss Graduate College 2013-2015 Catalog for descriptions of the courses in the sequence, starting on page 38.
 
Please Note: Tracks are determined prior to the students entering the professional phase of the program. Tracks are based on geographic location for potential fieldwork placements, full/part time status in the program, and dual degree versus graduate status. 
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

department chair

admissions chair

Admissions Counselor

Laurie Knis-Matthews, Ph.D., OT
Professor

East Campus, Room 226B

T: 908-737-5850

F: 908-737-5855

ot@kean.edu

Melissa C. Fedosh, M.S., OTR, RYT

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

East Campus, Room 224D

T:  908-737-5853

F:  908-737-5855

mfedosh@kean.edu

Ms. Reenat Hasan
Graduate Admissions Counselor
T. 908.737.7134
hasanr@kean.edu

Updated  9/23/14