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.
Accelerate your learning and maximize your time in the classroom through this joint degree program. Towson University’s combined B.S./M.S. program allows you to earn a B.S. in occupation and wellbeing and a master’s degree in occupational therapy in a total of 5 years. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. (ACOTE 301-652-AOTA, www.acoteonline.org)
This program is a screened major, which means you must first apply to Towson, then apply to this program during the second semester of your freshman year. The program does not begin until you have completed a minimum of 23 units of college-level work, including prerequisites and service activities. View additional admission/application requirements. In addition to satisfactory completion of course work, you must demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors and skills prior to beginning clinical/ internship experiences. Students who have lower than a 3.00 GPA will not be permitted to enroll in Level II Fieldwork.
You’ll apply what you learn in fieldwork courses. Level I Fieldwork is embedded in course related to mental health, physical rehabilitation, children and youth, and community-based practice. Level II Fieldwork is a full-time commitment often requiring additional time for preparation in the evenings and on weekends. To support students on Level II fieldwork, you will not be concurrently enrolled in any other classes. You are also strongly advised not to work during this time. While local sites (within 90 miles of the university) are available, you may need to be assigned out of the local area or out-of-state for one or both of the fieldwork experiences.
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.)
Sign up here to attend an information session in spring 2016 to learn more about the application process and the program.
Our full-time faculty have years of experience teaching, conducting research and in clinical practice. Professors encourage you to participate in professional organizations and networking opportunities and provide direct supervision and guidance in your professional development.
Towson is ideally located in the metropolitan Baltimore-Washington area with access to a large number of health, education, and community-related fieldwork settings. Gain experience with a range of client populations in school or healthcare settings or through home or community care.