Which Online Schools Have Programs for Occupational Therapists?

Students interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy can find multiple schools that offer hybrid programs combining online learning with on-campus training. Prospective students can evaluate programs based on the course schedule and clinical experience preferences. Schools offering Occupational Therapy Assistant degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Schools Overviews

Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon are among schools offering hybrid programs in occupational therapy. Keep reading to learn about these partially online programs, each of which is accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association's Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

Important Facts About Online Occupational Therapy Programs

Prerequisites Bachelor's degree or a specified minimum number of college credits; some programs open to certified occupational therapy assistants or physical therapy assistants
Common Courses Human anatomy, neuroscience, kinesiology, physiology
Concentrations Specialty coursework available in geriatrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation
Continuing Education Necessary to maintain state-required certification
Median Salary (2018) $84,270 (for occupational therapists)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 24% (for occupational therapists)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program where much of the coursework is completed online; however, students must attend on-campus classes one day per week. The program includes four semesters of courses covering the sciences, occupational therapy theories, the role of the therapist and more. Students also learn to work with children and adults and explore mental health policy. The program culminates with 12 credits of fieldwork during semester five. Shenandoah students who are guaranteed accepted to the school's occupational therapy division as freshman can apply to the program in their junior year.

Belmont University

Belmont University offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program for current occupational therapy assistants and, when space permits, current physical therapy assistants who are working with occupational therapists. Students complete online coursework, in addition to meeting on Belmont's campus every third weekend. They can choose from more than 800 clinical sites for their five fieldwork placements. Those who successfully complete this 6-semester program (including summers) are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam.

Concordia University Wisconsin

Concordia University Wisconsin offers a hybrid master's program in occupational therapy that can prepare students for clinical or administrative work, as well as positions in research or education. The program begins in January and requires students to meet on campus each week. Additionally, students might choose to take part in global education opportunities offered in Curacao, Nepal, Nicaragua or Guatemala. Prospective students can apply to the program using the online Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). They do not need to submit GRE scores, supplemental applications or supplemental application fees.

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