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Occupational Therapy
Location: Welch Hall
Phone: 1- 800-344-5484
Fax: 310-516-3542

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Admission Requirement

Students must have completed a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree from an accredited college or university. The degree must be completed at the time of admission to the program but may be in progress during the application process. 

In addition the students must have completed separate courses in Anatomy with laboratory (3 credits), and Physiology with laboratory (3 credits), Developmental Psychology, Life Span (3 credits), Abnormal Personality (3 credits), and Statistics (3 credits).

Students should have basic computer skills including word processing and file management abilities.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in bachelor’s degree and pre-requisite coursework and completed of 80 hours of documented volunteer experience under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist.

Three letters of recommendation are required. One must be from the occupational therapist supervising volunteer hours and the other two from professionals that can attest to student's ability to complete graduate coursework.

To meet the University writing proficiency standards for graduate admission, applicants are required to achieve a minimum Analytic Writing score of 4 on the GRE. Also required is a combined minimum cumulative Verbal and Quantitative GRE Score of 800.

Also required is a combined minimum cumulative Verbal and Quantitative GRE Score of 800. A personal interview with members of the Occupational Therapy Program Admissions Committee will be scheduled and if accepted, students will complete the CSUDH medical history questionnaire and physical examination, provide proof of required immunizations, and provide evidence of Live Scan Fingerprinting and Criminal Background Check.

Graduation Requirements
Successful completion of all required didactic and clinical work and Comprehensive Examination within five years of admission to the MSOT Program.

Accreditation
The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD, 20824-1220. The AOTA telephone number is: (301) 652 AOTA. Beginning January 1, 2007, Occupational Therapy educational programs will only be accredited at the post-baccalaureate degree level.

Licensure: Graduates wishing to practice in the state of California must apply for a state license to practice. State licensure is based on successful completion of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Certification: Graduates of the MSOT Program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR).

Felony conviction and the National Board Examination: A student having record of a felony conviction is advised to submit necessary documents to the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for a background review prior to application. This is recommended because a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) or to attain state licensure. NBCOT’s certification examination application contains character review questions that must be answered by all exam candidates applying for the certification examination. Applicants who answer “yes” to any of these questions must submit an explanation and official documentation regarding their background to NBCOT’s Regulatory Affairs Department at the time of application to take the examination. This information will be reviewed by the NBCOT on an individual basis prior to determining exam eligibility.

An individual who is considering entering an Occupational Therapy educational program or has already entered an educational program can have his or her background reviewed prior to actually applying for the exam by requesting an early determination review. The fee for this review is $100. If you have additional questions or would like additional information, you may contact the Credentialing Services at NBCOT, located at 800 S. Frederick Avenue, Suite 200, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877; (301) 990-7979. Contact character.review@nbcot.org.

Career Options:
The need for occupational therapists in the United States is urgent. Current U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates the nation wide shortage of Occupational Therapy personnel through 2020 to be between 34-37%. Because the demand for occupational therapy services out distances the supply of qualified personnel in Occupational Therapy, the employment picture is excellent. New CSUDH Occupational Therapy graduates typically have in excess of four employment offers at graduation and frequently a sign-on bonus is included as an employment incentive. Career opportunities exist in many areas of practice. The most popular practice areas are: Pediatrics in the Schools System, Acute and Long term Rehabilitation, Community Mental Health and In-Patient Behavior Health, Health Promotion and Illness Prevention and Geriatric Rehabilitation. Salary range varies with the type of practice setting. New graduates from the CSUDH Program enter practice at an annual salary of approximately $50,000.-$60,000. with excellent benefits and working conditions.