Occupational Therapy

Master of Science Degree

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The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at New England Tech allows certified occupational therapy assistants to expand on their academic and clinical experience to become leaders in their profession. This program is designed to be a bridge for professionals to move to the next level of responsibility as registered occupational therapists. The program is offered in a weekend format that requires students to be on campus five (5) weekends in each ten-week academic quarter and to participate on-line during alternate weeks. A student following the MSOT program as outlined will complete the degree in ten (10) quarters. Registered occupational therapists (OTRs) assist people of all ages, with varying abilities or handicaps, to become independent in their day-to-day activities. Because every client has a unique set of circumstances, OTRs evaluate, develop, and help carry out a unique treatment plan for each one.

As an OTR, graduates can work in traditional medical environments or in any setting where people need to learn new ways to live satisfying and productive lives. In the field, OTRs often supervise occupational therapy assistants and other personnel. Students learn to use a variety of assessment techniques to identify a client’s functional problems as well as their underlying physical, mental, and psychosocial problem areas. The OTR takes the lead in using pertinent personal information as well as theoretical and scientific evidence to establish appropriate intervention plans for individual clients or groups. The OTR acts as part of the rehabilitation team, participating in various interdisciplinary meetings and assuring that all occupational therapy intervention meets the legal, ethical, and fiscal requirements that apply to various medical and community-based settings.

After completion of all classroom training on campus, and Level I Fieldwork off campus, students enter the community for Level II Fieldwork. Two full-time twelve-week Level II Fieldwork experiences give the student many opportunities to apply classroom training in real life situations. Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, the student will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists. Those who complete the program and pass the exam are awarded the title of Occupational Therapist Registered. Employment is available in a wide variety of settings in the areas of physical disabilities, pediatrics, and geriatrics, as well as in mental health and wellness programs.


The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.  ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA or find them online at 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.

Most states, including Rhode Island, require licensure in order to practice. State licensure is usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.  The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination as first-time new graduate test takers in 2012 was 14 out of 15, which is a pass rate of 93%. During that 1-year time period, the program had 19 graduates, the first graduates for the MSOT program. To access NBCOT examination data please use this link provided https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx. 

Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination
or attain state licensure.




Program Mission Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission

The mission of the NEIT Occupational Therapy (OT) Program is to provide a specialized Master’s degree program to prepare Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants to become occupational therapists who are leaders in critical thinking and problem solving for service management in health care and community programs. As occupational therapists, graduates will take on various leadership roles in the healthcare field. Through a combination of classroom, laboratory and fieldwork experiences students build on their professional knowledge and experience to provide occupational therapy services to individuals and populations who strive to live productive and fulfilling lives.

Student Outcomes
By the end of the occupational therapy program, students will:

  • Demonstrate a depth and breadth of understanding of OT theoretical knowledge and its practical application for all aspects of service management.
  • Demonstrate command of foundational skills in communication, math, science and social science to inform their critical thinking and problem solving about OT assessment, outcome prediction, and planning of service delivery.
  • Apply skills in problem detecting, problem solving, and thinking logically, flexibly, and critically about clinical and managerial questions.
  • Foster the student’s potential to contribute and lead in a rapidly changing society with respect to advances in technology, and changes in legislation, reimbursement, health care delivery and social contexts.
  • Continuously value and take responsibility for professional development and life-long learning and to encourage these qualities in others.
  • Consistently demonstrate the highest level of ethics and standards of practice for occupational therapy.

Courses Offered

OT 310 Service Delivery Models in Occupational Therapy
SCI 440 Functional Neuroscience
OT 320 Theoretical and Clinical Reasoning in OT
OT 410 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature 
OT 530 Service Management in Mental Health
OT 536 Level I A Fieldwork
OT 540 Service Management in Pediatrics
OT 546 Level I B Fieldwork
OT 548 Research Design
OT 550 Service Management for Adult Rehabilitation
OT 554 Wellness and Participation in Population
OT 556 Level I C Fieldwork
OT 560 Service Management for Geriatrics
OT 565 Practicum in Population-Based OT Services
OT 552 Leadership and Advocacy
OT 670 Practice Issues for Occupational Therapist Seminar
OT 673 Capstone Project
OT 688 Level II A Fieldwork full time (12 wks)
OT 698 Level II B Fieldwork full time (12 wks)