M.S. in Occupational Therapy
Applications are currently open for the Fall 2024 start date through OTCAS. We review completed applications on an ongoing basis until each cohort is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to be considered for scholarships and other departmental incentives.
The Mission of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is to prepare occupational therapy students to think and act critically, missionally and globally in Christian service and leadership throughout their respective communities.
We believe in teaching students to recognize that occupation in its broadest sense is a great gift from God and therefore requires great responsibility. This responsibility is taught through our core values of faith, service, authenticity, innovation and competency.
What To Expect
These are the important details you will need to keep in mind as you prepare your application and degree plan.
The MSOT program runs for two years, starting in late August and ending with an August graduation. In addition to coursework, you’ll complete two phases of fieldwork: in level 1, you’ll do three fieldwork experiences under a licensed OT; in level 2, you’ll work through two 12-week assignments in various OT settings under direct supervision of an occupational therapist.
Program length: 24 months
Credit hours: 69
2023/2024 tuition per credit hour: $1,164
Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions
Implementing OT Treatment
We use a rolling admissions process; applications are reviewed until the cohort is filled. For the fall start date, we generally close applications by April 1.
Frequently Asked Questions
Kristen Cullers, MSOT ’19
“The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at ACU prepared me for the Houston Methodist Hand Therapy Fellowship by challenging my critical thinking, gaining proficient interdisciplinary communication skills and refining understanding of basic anatomy and physiology. The strong Christian leadership from the professors within the program has guided me to be the clinician I can be.”
The Houston Methodist Hand Therapy Fellowship program is a 12 month program for occupational therapists ready to advance their professional growth in the focused area of hand therapy. The program is an approved fellowship program by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and it strongly emphasizes mentoring, didactic education, and refinement of clinical reasoning skills in an outpatient hand therapy setting. Upon successful completion of the program, occupational therapists acquire the requirement for hand therapy experience in order to sit for the CHT exam and a strong entry point into the specialty of hand therapy.
You will complete 69 credit hours to obtain a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Courses include Musculoskeletal Anatomy, OT for Mental Health and Wellness, Ethical and Professional Decision Making in OT, and many other subjects vital to developing your abilities as a competent and confident occupational therapist.
MSOT Graduation Rates
The number of ACU MSOT program graduates successfully passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam is reported on the following website:
The entry level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-6611, and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Occupational therapy is a field of increasing demand, with a projected growth of 16 percent over the next ten years. In May 2019, the median annual wage for occupational therapists was $84,950.
Occupational therapists play vital roles in a variety of public and private professional environments, including elder care, physical and mental health clinics and services, and with young people in schools and pediatric facilities.