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Shenandoah’s graduate program in occupational therapy prepares you to help clients reach their greatest level of quality of life and independence by serving as a caring and effective occupational therapist.  Close mentorship with faculty, combined with the program’s small class sizes and practical learning experiences, prepare you to enter the field as a professional dedicated to service, ethics, and leadership.

Shenandoah’s 75-credit Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is delivered in a flexible, hybrid format, with much of the content delivered online. Students attend classes on campus one day per week and fieldwork experiences are completed on non-campus days and during normal working hours. Additionally, students are expected to engage in hands-on experiences in their home communities as directed by faculty. The learning model requires students to think critically and act professionally in independent, interpersonal and community-based problem-solving experiences. Graduates of this program enter the field as skilled and compassionate occupational therapists, serving a diverse range of patient populations in a variety of health care and community-based settings.

 

Related links

www.acoteonline.org


Course Requirements

SEMESTER 1 (FALL)

OT 522    FOUNDATIONS OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY – 4 CREDITS
OT 523    THERAPEUTIC OCCUPATION – 2 CREDITS
OT 524    OCCUPATION AND MOVEMENT – 4 CREDITS
OT 525    FUNDAMENTALS OF SCHOLARLY INQUIRY – 3 CREDITS
OT 526    FOUNDATIONAL CASE GROUPS I – 1 CREDIT
OT 527    COMMUNITY APPLICATION WITH INDIVIDUALS – 2 CREDITS

TOTAL– 16 CREDITS

SEMESTER 2 (SPRING)

OT 531    SCHOLARLY INQUIRY: DESIGN AND ANALYSIS – 3 CREDITS
OT 532    NEURO-OCCUPATION – 5 CREDITS
OT 534    ANALYSIS OF HEALTH AND OCCUPATION – 2 CREDITS
OT 535    MANAGEMENT AND SYSTEMS IN OT SETTINGS – 3 CREDITS
OT 536    FOUNDATIONAL CASE GROUPS II – 1 CREDIT
OT 537    COMMUNITY APPLICATION IN SYSTEMS – 2 CREDITS

TOTAL– 16 CREDITS

SEMESTER 3 (FALL)

OT 621    SCHOLARLY INQUIRY: PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION – 2 CREDITS
OT 623    OT IN BIOMECHANICAL AND NEUROLOGICAL PRACTICE – 4 CREDITS
OT 624    OT IN MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE – 3 CREDITS
OT 625    OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND PARTICIPATION: CHILDREN – 4 CREDITS
OT 626    BASIC CASE GROUPS – 1 CREDIT
OT 628    *BASIC LEVEL 1 FIELDWORK – 1 CREDIT

TOTAL – 15 CREDITS

SEMESTER 4 (SPRING)

OT 630    SCHOLARLY INQUIRY: APPLICATION – 3 CREDITS
OT 631    SPECIALIZATION: OT WITH CHILDREN – 3 CREDITS
OT 633    ENVIRONMENTAL INTERVENTION – 3 CREDITS
OT 634    POLICY AND ADVOCACY – 3 CREDITS

OT 635    SPECIALIZATION: OT FOR ADULTS – 3 CREDITS
OT638    *BRIDGE LEVEL 1 FIELDWORK – 1 CREDIT

TOTAL – 16 CREDITS

SEMESTER 5 (SUMMER)

OT 640    *LEVEL 2 FIELDWORK – 6 CREDITS

OT 641    *LEVEL 2 FIELDWORK – 6 CREDITS

* ALL FIELDWORK EXPERIENCES ARE COMPLETED ON NON-CAMPUS DAYS AND DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS.

Admissions Requirements

SUDOT requires potential students to go through OTCAS for the application process.  This is an online centralized application service located at www.otcas.org which has a thorough and accurate list of all required documents and prerequisites for the program.  For a list of the prerequisites, please go to Shenandoah University that can be found on the list of participating programs located on OTCAS.  The application process is:

START TERM APPLICATION OPENS APPLICATION DEADLINE
Fall July 17

October 15


Faculty

Leslie Davidson

Division Director and Assoicate Professor
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Cathy Felmlee Shanholtz

Director of Clinical Education and Experiential Learning
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Alicia Lutman

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
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Autumn O’Hara

Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy
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