Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Occupational therapy demands that practitioners demonstrate competency and knowledge to best address the issues of their clients. Towson University’s program excels at providing both the applied skills and knowledge to prepare you for one of the fastest growing fields in health care.

OT students

The Occupational Therapy master’s degree is designed for students without a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. You must satisfy all admission requirements and deadlines to be considered for admission to 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 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.

Chart your path

Hands-on Experience

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 states. 

Degree Requirements

View the degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

National Certification

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.)

In Demand

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.