Occupational Therapy

Degree Offered

M.S. in Occupational Therapy

Campus Options

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

Application Deadline:

Fall:        February 3, 2014 - APPLICATION CLOSED
Spring:   No Spring Admission

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

 

The Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy is a 73 credit program designed to provide entry level education in occupational therapy for individuals who have a baccalaureate degree in another field. 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.*      

The Department of Occupational Therapy also offers a Dual Degree option for current Kean University students. Please refer to the "About the Program" tab for more information.      

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.

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)
  • Documented observation of occupational therapy services in two or more practice settings for a minimum of 40 hours. Please use the OT Observation Rating Form.
  • Current Professional Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
    • Applicants are expected to address the following question in their personal statement:  Summarize your understanding of healthcare reform in the United States.  Describe how it will impact you as a consumer?  How will this impact you as a potential occupational therapist?
  • TOEFL (for applicants whose native language is not English)
  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee interview or admission to the program

PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK

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

Note: With the exception of Intro to OT, students lacking the prerequisite courses can complete these courses at any accredited institution.  If you wish to complete these prerequisites at Kean University, you may apply to the University as an undergraduate second-degree, non-matriculated student. 

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

Vision, Mission, and Education Goals of the Program

DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON:

LAURIE KNIS-MATTHEWS, PH.D., OT
Professor
Nathan Weiss Graduate College
East Campus, EC 226B
T: 908-737-5850
F: 908-737-5855
ot@kean.edu

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. 908.737.5923
hasanr@kean.edu

Updated  1/23/14