MSOT Program

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Bridge Program at Middle Georgia State (MGA) University is designed to allow Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants to further their education by building upon their existing knowledge and experience. In the course of completing the MSOT degree, students will develop skills in occupational therapy theory, evaluation, evidence-based intervention, and program development with both individuals, groups, and populations, as well as the opportunity to develop and/or enhance skills in management and leadership. A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission.

The MSOT Program is in the Rehabilitation Science Department within the School of Health and Natural Sciences (SoHNS). The 74-hour (not including prerequisites) curriculum includes coursework in three components: foundational knowledge, courses related to the occupational therapy process, and fieldwork experience. The program is a rigorous full-time two-year program (six sequential semesters), including two Level II Fieldwork experiences of 12 weeks each for a total of 24 weeks.

The program is offered in a partially online/hybrid format, with much of the coursework completed online using various technologies, along with supplemental on campus labs and experiential activities approximately once per month (3-4 times per semester in Fall/Spring and 2-3 times in Summer). The MSOT program is located on the Cochran campus, which also houses an Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and a Rehabilitation Science bachelor’s degree program.

MSOT Curriculum

MSOT Program Costs

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at Middle Georgia State University has applied for Applicant status with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301.652.AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses (including Georgia) are usually based on the results of the NBCOT® Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT® certification examination or attain state licensure. More information about NBCOT® can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program has been granted approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists make a difference in the lives of individuals by enabling them to be as independent as possible when physical, psychological, social, or environmental challenges prevent them from performing the everyday occupations (activities) that they find meaningful. Occupational therapists work with clients from newborn to older adults in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to:

  • Home
  • Community
  • Schools
  • Acute care hospitals
  • Inpatient rehabilitation facilities
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)
  • Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)
  • Community agencies/nonprofit organizations

Occupational therapists may also specialize in a variety of settings with further professional development/continuing education, including:

  • Driving rehabilitation
  • Hand therapy
  • Assistive technology
  • Work hardening/ergonomics
  • Sensory integration
  • Environmental modifications