Occupational Therapy, M.S.
You want to enrich the quality of life of your patients. We will provide the tools necessary for you to gain the skills to help individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives.
After completing your master's degree, you will be ready to help others maintain the daily skills necessary for independent and satisfying lives.
To practice as an occupational therapist (OT), you must obtain a master of science degree. Our 63-credit hour program, made up of two academic years and two summer sessions (24 months), combines rigorous academic coursework, extensive laboratory experience and hands-on clinical practice through integrated fieldwork.
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Take the next step toward completing your Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Through our program, you will become a reflective practitioner who responds adaptively to individual, community and societal needs.
Our vision is to develop the occupational therapy practitioners of tomorrow who exude steadfast loyalty to the value of human occupation in providing evidence-based, culturally competent and clinically-sound care to all populations.
We offer one cohort in Hickory, N.C. and another in Columbia, S.C. The program vision, curriculum and student learning outcomes are identical for both sites, incorporating strategic use of interactive video networking for dynamic learning to promote the achievement of student learning outcomes between cohorts.
You are welcome to apply to both sites, but, if you apply to only one, please know we reserve the right to offer you a seat to either location.
You will be a skilled professional, educated in the study of human growth and development, with specific emphasis on the social, emotional and physiological effects of illness and injury.
Our program begins with foundational, active, inquiry-guided learning, and continues to provide increasingly more complex experiential learning experiences that allow you to investigate your world, adapt to continual change, and serve individuals, communities and society with caring and ethical practices.
Graduates of our program learn to:
- Provide ethical and unbiased services to diverse populations,
- Understand how setting or context changes OT roles, goals, and supervisory responsibility,
- Demonstrate a general knowledge as skilled and caring clinicians,
- Respond adaptively to situations,
- Meticulously investigate their world and knowledge base,
- Advocate the value and efficacy of occupational and occupational therapy services to clients, funders, and other professionals,
- Apply theory and evidence to current and future cases.
The program provides you with opportunities and challenges that focus on occupation as the fundamental value central to the development of your professional identity and practice.
Attend an information session to learn more about our program. Occupational therapy faculty and admission staff will provide detailed information about our program and there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions.
I gained essential hands-on experience during my occupational therapy internships, which helped prepare me for providing acute inpatient rehabilitation as an occupational therapist.
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Offered in Hickory and Columbia
All OT courses and fieldwork Level II experiences must be completed prior to graduation. Verification by the school chair and registrar is required to take the national certification examination.
The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE c/o AOTA, 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, telephone (301) 652-2682, Web site: www.acoteonline.org) The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is located at One Bank Street Suite 300 Gaithersburg, MD 20878; (301) 990-7979; www.nbcot.org. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Lenoir-Rhyne University's School of Occupational Therapy was reaccredited by ACOTE on November 30, 2018, for a period of seven years for academic year 2018-2019 to 2025-2026.
The School of Occupational Therapy, in concert with the mission of Lenoir-Rhyne University, seeks to develop skilled and caring students who respond adaptively to situations, meticulously investigate their world and knowledge base and provide ethical and unbiased services. The school serves as a resource for OT practitioners and advocates for the value of occupation to the community.
Program Admission Requirements
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Master's degree applicants must present evidence of completion of all prerequisite courses and undergraduate degree before the start of the program. Prerequisite completion must be within 5 years of the application date. The areas of competency are covered in the following courses or their equivalents completed within the last five years: Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs, Statistics, Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Sociology or Introduction to Anthropology and Medical Terminology.
- OCC 503 - Applied Principles of Occupational Therapy
- OCC 503L - Applied Principles of Occupational Therapy Lab
- OCC 504 - Physical Rehabilitation
- OCC 504L - Physical Rehabilitation Lab
- OCC 505 - Health Systems
- OCC 506 - Applied Body Structure and Function
- OCC 506L - Applied Body Structure and Function Lab
- OCC 514 - Mental Health
- OCC 514L - Mental Health Lab
- OCC 521 - Advanced Occupational Therapy for Adults
- OCC 521L - Advanced Occupational Therapy for Adults Lab
- OCC 524 - Pediatrics
- OCC 524L - Pediatrics Lab
- OCC 525 - Advanced Occupational Therapy for Pediatric Practice
- OCC 525L - Advanced Occupational Therapy for Pediatric Practice Lab
- OCC 534 - Gerontology
- OCC 534L - Gerontology Lab
- OCC 540 - Level IA Fieldwork
- OCC 541 - Level IB Fieldwork
- OCC 542 - Level IC Fieldwork
- OCC 569 - Professional Practice
- OCC 571 - Level IIA Fieldwork
- OCC 602 - Grand Rounds I
- OCC 604 - Applied Occupational Therapy Process
- OCC 633 - Administration and Program Development
- OCC 650 - Research I
- OCC 652 - Research II
- OCC 654 - Research III
- OCC 672 - Level IIB Fieldwork
- OCC 691 - Professional Reasoning
- OCC 692 - Leadership
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