Occupational Therapy, MS

This program prepares students to sit for the occupational therapy national certification exam, through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Occupational Therapy, MS

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is a 70-credit, full-time learning program, completed over two years with face-to- face meetings on weekends, in Albany, NY. Upon successful completion, program graduates are eligible to sit for the occupational therapy national certification exam, through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Passing the certification exam allows graduates to apply for occupational therapy licenses in the states of their choosing.

Occupational therapy is a growing profession, serving people of all ages and backgrounds. Occupational therapists work in schools, hospitals, skilled nursing, other rehab settings and the community. Maria’s program is designed to emphasize opportunity education and to benefit under-served populations with an emphasis on cultural awareness, wellness and community integration. Many students are able to work part-time while in the program.

We welcome diversity.

In Maria’s MSOT program, we welcome and encourage applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and walks-of-life. We encourage applications from adult and non-traditional learners, from second career individuals and those with undergraduate degrees outside of those typically found in occupational therapy. These backgrounds can include but are not limited to the visual and performing arts, philosophy and education, theology and or philosophy, and many other disciplines.

The Maria experience.

Maria offers very competitive tuition rates, exceptional personal attention with a warm and friendly environment, and a weekend schedule for courses in the MSOT program. With our state-of-the-art learning spaces and quality student services, you will have access to the technology and resources to succeed in a small school environment. Finally, our program utilizes a blended weekend format designed for working adults. Please see the curriculum outline for course sequences.

Accreditation Status

Our program is new and currently has Candidacy Status Accreditation under the American Council on Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Maria’s MSOT Program
Our new MSOT program at Maria College, in Albany NY, and admits its next class in the Fall semester, 2021. Full accreditation through ACOTE is expected in August 2022.

You may contact ACOTE at the address below:
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.

For general questions about the program, please contact the Director, Don Kallembach, at dkallembach@mariacollege.edu.

  • Admissions Requirements

    Qualified applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The minimum GPA requirement is 3.2 for prerequisite courses. We encourage those with bachelor’s degrees in any field including liberal arts, and performing and visual arts to explore Occupational Therapy as a career field.

    Required Prerequisite Courses:

    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Anatomy & Physiology I and II with Labs
    • Gross Anatomy with Lab or Neurobiology with Lab
    • Sociology
    • General Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology or Lifespan Human Development
    • Statistics and/or Research Methods

    Please submit the following items, via the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS):

    • Academic transcripts from all colleges attended.
    • Resume of professional, educational, and volunteer experiences, if appropriate.
    • Personal essay/statement.
    • Contact information for two academic and/or professional references.
    • Supportive documentation showing a minimum of 20 hours of supervised clinical observation.

    Waivers are possible for students unable to get the observation hours due to COVID-19 restrictions

    Start the OTCAS Application today!

  • Technology Requirements

    Upon entering the program, applicants will have regular and reliable internet access and a laptop, or other portable device, and be able to utilize the following functions:

    • Blackboard Learning Management System
    • Accessing library databases for purposes of research
    • Video conferencing, chat, web browsing and internet searches
    • Bibliography management software (provided by the College)
    • Microsoft Office Cloud functions
  • Course Sequence

    First Year: First Semester (Fall)




    OCT 501

    Occupational Therapy Domain and Process


    OCT 502

    Theories and Models of Occupational Therapy Practice


    OCT 505

    Professional Writing in Occupational Therapy


    OCT 513

    Movement Sciences Affecting Occupational Performance





    First Year: Second Semester (Spring)

    OCT 503

    Assessment of Occupational Performance


    OCT 504

    Psychosocial Factors Influencing Wellness


    OCT 510

    Transformative Thinking for Intervention Development


    OCT 512

    Conditions Affecting Occupational Performance


    OCT 515

    Physiological and Neurological Effects of Occupation




    First Year: Third Semester (Summer)

    OCT 506

    Developmental Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention


    OCT 507

    Interventions with Assistive Technology


    OCT 508

    Healthcare Systems


    OCT 509

    Topics in Occupational Therapy Research


    OCT 514

    Cultural Competence




    Second Year: First Semester (Fall)

    OCT 601

    Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention in Adulthood


    OCT 603

    Research Intensive


    OCT 604

    Level I Fieldwork


    OCT 605

    Occupational Therapy Practice Integration




    Second Year: Second Semester (Spring)

    OCT 606

    Professional Roles and Responsibilities


    OCT 607

    Level II Fieldwork (1st Rotation)




    Second Year: Third Semester (Summer)

    OCT 609

    Occupational Therapy Administration


    OCT 608

    Level II Fieldwork (2nd Rotation)