Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational Therapy
Quick Facts
Degree Level Master's
Admission Deadline March 1
Program Start Fall Trimester
GPA Requirement

2014 Admitted Average: 3.54

Entrance Test

2014 Admitted Average: 299; 4.0 writing


English 1 & 2, Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with labs); Pathophysiology/ Disease Conditions; General Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Sociology/ Anthropology; Public Speaking; College Algebra; Statistics; Medical Terminology; four credits of Biology, Physics, or Chemistry with lab;

Choosing to pursue a graduate degree can be seen as a public declaration that you are committed to higher learning and to giving yourself the best opportunities for advancement. Pursuing a Master's in Occupational Therapy is a great way for people with a wide variety of Bachelor's degrees to gain this advanced knowledge while, in some cases, beginning a new career. Many of our applicants have been in the work force and have decided to return to school to pursue a career where they can feel like they're making a difference in someone's life.

Choose Only the Best

The Master's in Occupational Therapy at ADU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Students in the program will have the benefit of a very flexible schedule with classes two days per week and the utilization of blended learning they can do from home. In the clinical setting, our Academic Fieldwork Coordinator has worked hard to secure over 200 contracts with various schools and agencies around the country to give our students a wide variety of options during their seven clinical rotations. The program is seven trimesters in length, or two and a half years, with the last two trimesters being solely clinical. This will allow students to complete the final requirements anywhere, even out of state.

Occupational Therapy Career Outlook

One of the largest benefits of having a Master's in Occupational Therapy is to give yourself more options for independent employment once your degree is finished. OTs are able to start their own business, develop new equipment for use with their patients, or work in a more traditional setting if that is their preference. A Master's will also open the door to additional research opportunities and will prepare students for doctoral work. Recent graduates of an Occupational Therapy program can expect to earn $55,000-80,000 per year in the Central Florida area.

Program Accreditation

Adventist University of Health Sciences is accredited to award Master's, Bachelor's, and Associate of Science degrees and certificates by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500. The University is also accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges and Universities.

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program at Adventist University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination (https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx). The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and various state licensing agencies require disclosure of all felony convictions. The results of this background check may impact eligibility for certification and licensure. Eligibility should be determined in advance of beginning an educational program. Felony convictions must be resolved by the NBCOT’s Qualifications Review Committee. Mental health intervention may also affect the individual’s ability to obtain state licensure.

Additional Resources

Want to know more about a career as an Occupational Therapist? Visit the American Occupational Therapy Association's website at www.aota.org.

For accreditation information about Adventist University of Health Sciences' OT program, visit the American Occupational Therapy Association website at www.acoteonline.org.

To get started on your future career, apply now!

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