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Master of Occupational Therapy (Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies)

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Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies Degree Requirements

The bachelor’s degree is an academic degree conferred upon satisfactory completion of the first year of the Master of Occupational Therapy program, when students enroll in undergraduate courses focusing on the study of occupational therapy and related concepts. The Master of Occupational Therapy is an entry-level professional degree. The M.O.T. is a 3-year, full-time program starting each summer session. Students must apply to and be accepted into the M.O.T. program through the Department of Occupational Therapy Education.

Before admission to the combined B.S./M.O.T. program, students must have completed a minimum of 90 semester credit hours of undergraduate college course work on the KU Lawrence campus or at another university or community college. No more than 64 hours of community college classes may be transferred to KU. To obtain a bachelor’s degree from KU, a student must earn the last 30 hours of credit for the degree by resident study. The resident study requirement is fulfilled through enrollment in the B.S./M.O.T. curriculum at KU Medical Center. Transfer students should be aware that all transfer courses for which they have requested credit must be equivalent to courses required at KU, or additional course work will be required. All other degree requirements must be fulfilled.

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Master of Occupational Therapy Degree Requirements

Upon successful completion of the first year of the B.S./M.O.T. program and after earning the B.S. in Occupational Studies, students enter the second and third years of the curriculum, when they take graduate-level courses that lead to the entry-level M.O.T. degree. Completion of undergraduate and graduate levels of academic study and required fieldwork experiences allows the individual to sit for the national certification examination. Courses include basic science, occupational therapy theory and application, clinical reasoning, and practica. The student must complete a research project carried out with a group of students in collaboration with a faculty mentor. If an interruption in the program occurs for any reason, all requirements must be completed within 4½ years of the start date. Undergraduate courses, graduate courses, and fieldwork/practicum requirements for the entry-level M.O.T. degree are outlined below.

The professional program requires initial enrollment during the summer semester. Program requirements and course offerings are subject to change. Current curricula for this program may be found on the department's website.

Fieldwork Level II

FWII is a degree requirement and a vital part of an occupational therapy education. Courses are full-time practicum experiences carried out in service delivery settings. Students take FWII during the Spring 2a and Fall 3b semesters. An optional FWII experience may be scheduled during the Fall 3a semester. FWII must be scheduled and arranged only through the academic fieldwork coordinator or the fieldwork assistant. Students are responsible for transportation to and from fieldwork sites, living arrangements and expenses, tuition and fees for 12 to 18 credit hours, and any other expenses.

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Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies Curriculum

The following courses are required:

Summer 1 (9 credit hours)      
OCTH 388 Human Anatomy 6    
OCTH 395 Orientation to the Occupational Therapy Profession 3    
Fall 1 (15 credit hours)   Spring 1 (15 credit hours)  
OCTH 401 Theory and Practice in Occupational Therapy 2 OCTH 445 Contexts of Occupation 2
OCTH 422 Analysis and Adaptation of Occupations I 4 OCTH 462 Physical Considerations in Facilitating Occupational Performance 3
OCTH 430 Practicum I 2 OCTH 468 Facilitating Physical Performance Lab 1
OCTH 435 Life Span Development from an Occupational Perspective 4 OCTH 470 Practicum II 2
OCTH 455 Neuroscience Analysis of Occupational Performance 3 OCTH 472 Psychiatric Considerations in Facilitating Occupational Performance 3
    OCTH 482 Analysis and Adaptation of Occupations II 2
    OCTH 490 Evaluation and Assessment of Occupational Performance 2
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Master of Occupational Therapy Curriculum

The following courses are required:

Fall 2 (14 credit hours)   Spring 2a (minimum of 6 credit hours — January through March)  
OCTH 704 Planning and Intervention in Occupational Therapy 2 OCTH 770 Level II Fieldwork, Part 1 6
OCTH 710 Service Management: Delivery Systems 1 OCTH 780 Elective Level II Fieldwork (instructor permission required) 3-6
OCTH 720 Occupational Therapy Practice Models 7 Spring 2b (minimum of 3 credit hours — April and May)  
OCTH 730 Practicum III 2 OCTH 725 The Research Process 1
OCTH 783 Evidence-Based Practice 2 OCTH 750 Case-Based Clinical Reasoning 2
    Elective course (required before graduation) 3
Summer 2 (minimum of 3 credit hours)      
OCTH 780 Elective Level II Fieldwork (instructor permission required) 3-6    
Fall 3 (minimum of 9 credit hours)   Spring 3 (9 credit hours)  
OCTH 776 Population-Based Health Care 3 OCTH 755 Issues and Trends Seminar 1
OCTH 775 Level II Fieldwork, Part 2 6 OCTH 760 Professional Development and Leadership in Service Management 3
OCTH 780 Elective Level II Fieldwork (instructor permission required) 3-6 OCTH 765 Family and Community Service Systems 2
    OCTH 790 Research Practicum 3
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