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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

B.S. in Occupational Science/M.S. in Occupational Therapy

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Overview of Occupational Therapy Program and Certification/Licensure Eligibility

The entry-level degree for certification and licensure in occupational therapy is the Master’s Degree.

In the Nazareth College combined 5-year BS/MS Degree in Occupational Therapy, the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science component of the overall program offers students the opportunity to establish a foundation for understanding the influence of human occupation on development, health, and wellness; and the impact of a disability on the individual within his/her society and culture.  The Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science however, does not provide eligibility for certification or licensure in Occupational Therapy. Students must complete the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree to be eligible for certification and licensure as an Occupational Therapist.  The Master of Science coursework requires the completion of 31 graduate credits in Nazareth College’s program for the student to be eligible for certification and licensure.

Occupational Therapy BS/MS Degree General Admission Requirements

The Occupational Therapy program has a Freshman admission policy. Candidates for freshman admission are required to complete a rigorous high school preparatory program of study.  Students must demonstrate successful completion of high school math and science courses. Grades should be B level or better for consideration.

Transfer students are accepted on a competitive, space-available basis in the second year of the BS/MS program (see requirements below). A minimum grade of B in any previously taken science courses is required to be accepted into the occupational therapy program. Science courses considered for acceptance must have been taken within 5 years of the student’s application to the OT Program. Note - all students transferring into the OT program must do so at the Sophomore level due to OT course curriculum requirements.

Occupational Therapy Program Requirements

The combined 5-year BS/MS Degree in Occupational Therapy requires completion of 164 total credit hours (133 credit hours at the undergraduate level; 31 credit hours at the graduate level). Occupational Therapy undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0, a GPA of 3.0 in sciences courses, and a grade of B or higher in all Occupational Therapy courses in order to proceed in the major. All graduate level coursework must be completed with a grade of B or higher (minimum overall GPA 3.0). Note - OT courses, as well as courses in the liberal arts and sciences program may be subject to change.

Occupational Therapy Program Fieldwork Requirements

The fieldwork educational component of the BS/MS Occupational Therapy program at Nazareth College is designed to meet all of the standards required by ACOTE for Fieldwork Education. There are two levels of fieldwork for the occupational therapy student.  These are described as Level I and Level II experiences.

Level I Fieldwork

The AOTA Standards describe the goal of Level I Fieldwork.  It is “to introduce students to the fieldwork experience, and develop a basic comfort level with an understanding of the needs of clients” (AOTA, 1999).

In their senior year, OT students will complete three Level I Fieldwork experiences, one related to adults, one related to pediatrics, and one related to psychosocial issues.

Level II Fieldwork

According to the AOTA, “The goal of Level II Fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.” (AOTA, 2012).  The Level II Fieldwork experience, an integral part of an OT education, should be designed to promote clinical reasoning and reflective practice, to support ethical practice through transmission of the values and beliefs of the profession, to communicate and model professionalism as a developmental process and a career responsibility, and to expand knowledge and application of a repertoire of occupational therapy assessments and interventions related to human occupation and performance (AOTA, 2012).

Six months of Level II fieldwork are required by AOTA.  The first fieldwork is scheduled for 12 weeks in the Summer semester following the Senior year.  A second 12 week fieldwork experience is completed in the Fall of the 5th year of study. Both Level II fieldwork experiences are in the graduate phase of the program.

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Required Courses for the B.S. in Occupational Science/M.S. in Occupational Therapy

OT B.S./M.S. Degree Course Requirements

Psychology & Statistics Requirements

Sample Program

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ACS 101 Academic and College Success   1 ENGW 102 Argument and Research   3
FYS course taken with ACS 101:
MTH.F 102 or MTH.F 109  recommended
3 BIO 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology I    3
Health & Wellness course 0 BIO 210L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I   1
BIO.Q 103 Biological Systems I   3 History PEQ 3
BIO.Q 103L Biological Systems I Lab   1 SOC.Q 101 Introduction to Sociology   3
ENGW 101 Exposition    3 RES.Q 101 Exploring Religion   3
PSY.Q 110 Introduction to Psychological Science   3 OTR 102 Observation in Occupational Therapy: Pediatrics  or OTR 101 Observation in Occupational Therapy: Adults   1
OTR 101 Observation in Occupational Therapy: Adults  or OTR 102 Observation in Occupational Therapy: Pediatrics   1    
Note - it is recommended that students use one course required in the major to count as one of their Integrative Studies (IS) courses.
Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
BIO 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology II    3 OTR 250 Human Development & Occupation Across the Lifespan   4
BIO 211L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II   1 PHY.Q 207 Introductory Physics I with Integrated Laboratory   4
OTR 204 Occupational Science   4 PHY.Q 203L Introductory Physics I Laboratory   0
ANT.Q 101 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology   3 PHL.Q 101 Philosophical Inquiry   3
OTR 201 Introduction to the Occupational Therapy Profession   3 Integrative Studies (IS) course 3
English/Literature PEQ 3 Visual & Performing Arts PEQ 3
OTR 311 Human Gross Anatomy   6    
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Integrative Studies (IS) course 3 CME 050 Core Milestone Experience   0
OTR 313 Kinesiology & Functional Movement Analysis for Occupational Performance   4 OTR 312 Neuroscience   4
OTR 315 Functional Analysis and Modification I: Occupational Performance   4 OTR 314 Pathophysiology   3
OTR 316 Occupational Theories and their Application   3 OTR 318 Functional Analysis and Modification II Environmental Modifications   4
PSY 200 Statistics and Research Methods for Clinical Practice  or MTH 207  or MTH 208   3-4 OTR 320 Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy   4
    PSY 343 Abnormal Psychology   3
Fall Semester Spring Semester (UG & GR Coursework)
OTR 400 Level I Fieldwork and Seminar (I)  (possible Experiential Learning pathway) 1 OTR 422 Occupational Therapy Evidence Based Evaluation and Intervention II: Neurodevelopmental and Neurologic Disorders   4
OTR 420 Occupational Therapy Evidence Based Evaluation and Intervention I: Sensory Processing Disorders   4 OTR 426 Occupational Therapy Evidence Based Evaluation and Intervention V: Cognitive/Perceptual Disorders   4
OTR 424 Occupational Therapy Evidence Based Evaluation and Intervention IV: Physical and Orthopedic Disorders   4 OTR 430 Health Policy and Administration   3
OTR 428 Occupational Therapy Evidence Based Evaluation and Intervention III: Psychosocial Disorders   4 OTR 434 Level I Fieldwork and Seminar (II)   1
    OTR 510 Research I: Project Proposal Development   3
Summer Semester, Graduate Year    
OTR 500 Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Level II A    6    
OTR 501 Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork Seminar A   1    
OTR 511 Research Project Proposal Writing I   1    
Fall Semester, Graduate Year Spring Semester, Graduate Year
OTR 512 Research Project Proposal Writing II     1 OTR 513 Research Project Implementation and Analysis III       1
OTR 550 Occupational Therapy Fieldwork II B   6 OTR 514 Research II: Writing and Presentation   3
OTR 551 Level II Fieldwork Seminar   1 OTR 516 Contemporary Issues in Interprofessional Team Practice   2
    OTR 518 Leadership and Management in Occupational Therapy   3
    OTR 530 Inter-Professional Health and Wellness   3


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