Occupational Therapy Major

Elizabethtown College offers a combined Bachelor of Science in Health and Occupation or Bachelor of Science in Health Science with the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program that requires five years of academic study and six months of clinical fieldwork. This bachelor/master program is exclusively offered to current E-town College students.

One School - Two Degrees, One Successful Career

Our personal and friendly atmosphere and small student to faculty ratio promotes individualized attention, and ensures you’ll build your foundational base as well as mentoring relationships while at E-town College!

You will begin course work in occupational therapy in your first year. During the first two years of study, the curriculum covers foundations of health, healthcare systems, introduction to research principles, and engagement in occupations across the lifespan. These two years will also focus on health and the impact on occupations and includes a strong emphasis on natural sciences as well as general college core requirements.

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During the third and fourth years, students will continue to complete college core requirements, electives, and a minor (if desired), leading to completion of the Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, the third year will introduce students to concepts of occupation and engagement in therapeutic activities along with conditions that impair occupation and performance of daily activities. The fourth and fifth years incorporate occupational therapy history and philosophy, theories of practice and applied clinical skills during the occupational therapy process, research and scholarship, and management of occupational therapy services. The fifth year will culminate with six months of full-time clinical fieldwork. Students who pursue the entry-level OTD will also complete an additional year of advanced coursework including six months of full-time clinical fieldwork and a 14-week capstone experience.

“The combination of my coursework and my fieldwork placements and internships provided me excellent preparation for entering my first year as an OT clinician. My fieldwork experience at Johns Hopkins Hospital led me to a full time occupational therapist position immediately upon graduation.”

Angela Regensburg ’09, MS, OTR/L - Johns Hopkins Hospital

Bachelor of Science in Health Science (beginning with class of 2022)

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This degree serves as a prerequisite to our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and the entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree (OTD). By completing only the undergraduate course of study, you are not eligible to become a registered occupational therapist. You will have academic credentials that will qualify you to be employed in health care and community settings.

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Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy or Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

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To begin the MS or OTD program in occupational therapy, you must have successfully completed the bachelor’s degree in Health and Occupation (through the class of 2021) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 at Elizabethtown College. Beginning in the fall of 2018, new undergraduate students must progress through the Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree and earn a minimum GPA of 2.9 by the end of the third year to qualify for the graduate portion of the Occupational Therapy degrees. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout the fourth year and graduate years in order to successfully graduate with the MS or OTD in occupational therapy.

Successful completion of the MS or the OTD affords you the opportunity to complete Level II fieldwork and take the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam and to become licensed to practice occupational therapy as individual states require. Note: A felony conviction may affect an individual’s qualification to take the NBCOT certification examination and/or obtain professional credentials.

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Questions About The Entry-Level Doctoral Degree in Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Is the OTD required?

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has mandated that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist will move to the doctoral level by July 1, 2027. Only entry-level doctoral occupational therapy degree programs will be eligible to receive or maintain ACOTE accreditation status as of July 1, 2027. Students who graduate with a master’s degree in OT prior to June 30, 2027 will not be affected by this mandate.
Note: as of 10/9/2018, this mandate is under review. More information is available here: https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/BOD/News/2018/AOTA-ACOTE-Entry-Level-Education-Update.aspx.

Does Elizabethtown College offer the OTD?

Yes. We have been granted candidacy status with ACOTE®, which means that we may begin admitting students into the BS/OTD program in January 2019. We anticipate a full accreditation review by the spring of 2024. We will continue to admit students to either the entry-level BS/MS degree or the BS/OTD program through 2020.

If I enter the master’s program, can I switch to the OTD at Elizabethtown before I graduate?

We anticipate that students may enter into either program (BS/MS or BS/OTD program) but will confirm their choice at the conclusion of their junior year. We will communicate with students as we have more curriculum and financial aid information available.

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