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Occupational Science BS/Occupational Therapy MS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 12.01 HEALTH PROFESSIONS- GEN, CIP: 51.2306 Occupational Therapy/Therapist)

School of Public Health and Health Professions

501 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

Sue Ann Sisto
Rehabilitation Science Department Chair

Janice Tona
Occupational Therapy Program Director

Turquessa Francis
Occupational Therapy Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

MaryAnn Venezia
Occupational Therapy Program Coordinator

Completing the Occupational Science BS/Occupational Therapy MS Program

Academic Requirements

Students wishing to enter the professional portion of the BS/MS Occupational Therapy program must complete a Promotion to Professional Sequence form, by January 15th of the year in which they intend to begin the program. At the time of application, students must have completed at least eight prerequisite courses including ES 207, PHY 101, OT 201, and STA 119, and seventy (70) hours of volunteer work in a US occupational therapy site providing the opportunity to observe interdisciplinary activities, and observe patients/clients in a variety of settings under the supervision of an occupational therapist. Remaining prerequisite and UB Curriculum requirements, except the capstone, must be completed in the Spring semester with grades of C- or better and a semester prerequisite GPA of 2.800 or above. Students may not take prerequisite courses more than twice and may not repeat more than two prerequisite courses.

Students fully admitted to the professional program must maintain a semester GPA of 2.800 in the undergraduate portion and 3.000 in the graduate portion of the professional sequence.

Academic Advice

Our professional program is a fast-paced, rigorous full-time program including 31 months of study within a 36 month time frame. We use team learning to allow students to learn from and with each other as they will continue to do in rehabilitation teams in the field. Successful students are self-directed learners, contribute fully to group work, and seek help from instructors and teaching assistants when needed. Students must be available full-time for coursework, group meetings, and learning experiences that can only take place outside of designated class time. Occupational therapy is a broad field and we encourage students to explore the many aspects of OT through the American Occupational Therapy Association and the New York State Occupational Therapy Association, and through volunteer work outside of class. We invite students to be creative and take time to enjoy the program, professors, classmates, and clients.

Prerequisite Courses

ES 207 Human Form and Function
OT 201 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
OT 217 Medical Terminology
PGY 300 Human Physiology
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy or PHI 107 Ethics or PHI 237 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine or PHI 217 Professional Ethics
PHY 101 College Physics I
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
PSY 322 Psychopathology
PSY 336 Developmental Psychology or NSG 250 Human Growth and Development
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
STA 119 Statistical Methods or PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
SOC 211 Sociology of Diversity, or SOC 322 Medical Sociology, or ARC 211 American Diversity and Design, or APY 106 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, or APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology, or APY 276 Introduction to Ethnomedicine

Required Courses

PAS 407 Gross Human Anatomy
OT 333 Human Occupation Across the Lifespan
OT 341 Analyzing and Writing Scientific Literature
OT 342 Neuroscience I
OT 344 Neuroanatomy I
OT 352 Assistive Technology
OT 355 Medical Conditions I
OT 356 Medical Conditions II
OT 361 Functional Anatomy
OT 366 Occupational Therapy Process
OT 382 Issues in Occupational Therapy Service Delivery
OT 402 Group Process and Interpersonal Skills
OT 417 Neurorehabilitation Across the Lifespan
OT 420 Fieldwork Seminar I
OT 450 Prosthetics and Orthotics
OT 472 Level I Fieldwork A
OT 520 Fieldwork Seminar II
OT 535 Medical Evaluation/Intervention: Neurological and Cognitive
OT 536 Medical Evaluation/Intervention: Musculoskeletal, Cardiopulmonary, Integumentary, Oncology
OT 547 Home Based Evaluation and Intervention
OT 548 Community and Vocational Evaluation and Intervention
OT 555 Educational Evaluation and Intervention
OT 566 Occupational Therapy for Underserved Populations
OT 572 Level I Fieldwork B
OT 573 Level I Fieldwork C
OT 574 Level I Fieldwork D
OT 575 Project Guidance I
OT 576 Project Guidance II
OT 577 Project Guidance III
OT 586 Management and Administration
OT 587 Applied Management and Administration
OT 589 through OT 598 Special Topics: Advanced Practice
OT 618 Professional Development
OT 620 Level II Fieldwork A
OT 621 Level II Fieldwork B
CHB 550 Public Health and Population Well Being
One advanced elective

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Occupational Science BS/Occupational Therapy MS degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)85
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)59
Additional Credits Required for UB CurriculumĀ  23
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 167

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's Policies and Procedures Manual for requirements for master's degree candidates.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:57:53