Occupational therapy demands that practitioners demonstrate competency and knowledge
to best address the issues of their clients. Towson’s program excels at providing
both the applied skills and knowledge to prepare you for one of the fastest growing
fields in health care.
The professional master’s degree in occupational therapy is designed for students
without a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. The completion of prerequisite
coursework is required before entering the program. The curriculum includes didactic,
lab and field experiences that prepare students across all areas of occupational therapy
practice, providing students the knowledge and practice experience which enables them
to be successful on the certification examination. Our faculty are leaders who excel in teaching, research and service and bring years of experience
to the classroom. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational
Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association www.acoteonline.org located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, phone 301-652-2672.
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To further prepare for your career, you receive hands-on experience in three Level I fieldwork placements while completing your course work. You then spend an additional six months
in two full-time Level II Fieldwork experiences. Opportunities are available in many
of the nation’s top healthcare settings in the Baltimore-Washington area and approved
When you graduate, you are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination
for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification
in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successfully completing the exam, you will be an occupational therapist, registered
(OTR). Most states require licensure to practice. However, state licenses are usually
based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. (Persons convicted of
felonies may be unable to sit for the certification examination and should inquire
in advance of program entry regarding eligibility.)
Our students have presented their work at the national conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress. Well before graduation,
the majority of students receive job offers for positions in hospitals, community-based
programs, assisted living centers, rehabilitation centers, early intervention programs
and public and private schools.
You could be eligible for early admission to the program. Up to 25 percent of each
entering class is admitted early. Learn more about the Early Admission Option.