At least three colleges in Georgia offer occupational therapy graduate programs that prepare students for professional licensure or allow them to advance their careers in the field. These programs require clinical fieldwork experiences and vary in length and format. Compare and contrast some of the available occupational therapy programs in the state.
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Georgia Schools with Occupational Therapy Graduate Programs
Georgia State University
Georgia State University in Atlanta offers a master's degree program in occupational therapy (OTM) that can be completed in 24 months. The program admits 40 students into a cohort every fall and provides them with ample amounts of hands-on training through fieldwork, labs and other clinical experiences. The final fieldwork experience occurs during the last six months of the program; students complete a 24-week Level II Fieldwork experience that takes place in two different clinical settings to prepare students for careers as occupational therapy practitioners. In order to graduate, students must complete all fieldwork experiences, pass a competency exam and maintain a 3.0 GPA with no grades lower than a ''C''.
Augusta University has a Masters of Health Science in Occupational Therapy program that takes two years to complete. The program requires 89 credit hours and includes multiple week-long fieldwork rotations and two 12-week-long fieldwork experiences for hands-on, clinical experience. Students also take research seminars and a course in professional development as well as courses in topics like evaluation and intervention for different populations, assistive technology, kinesiology and neuroscience. According to the school's website, the three graduating classes from 2015 to 2017 have an overall graduation rate of 96%.
Brenau University offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) at its Gainesville and North Atlanta/Norcross campuses and a post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Gainesville.
The MSOT program at Gainesville is a traditional, weekday program that can be completed in seven semesters with some online course options and two full-time fieldwork experiences. The MSOT program at North Atlanta/Norcross can be taken as a 9-semester, hybrid weekend program that consists of online courses and on-campus classes on Fridays and Saturdays. A 7-semester, hybrid day program with online courses and on-campus classes offered three days a week is also available.
The OTD program is primarily online, but includes one on-campus weekend session each semester of the 2-year program. It also requires a capstone seminar and project.
Common Entrance Requirements
Applicants to occupational therapy graduate programs in Georgia typically need to hold at least a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA and meet minimum GRE score requirements that vary by institution. Additionally, many master's degree programs require students to have prerequisite coursework in subjects including anatomy and physiology, psychology, statistics, human development and medical terminology. Master's applicants also need to have 40 to 60 hours of work, volunteer or shadowing experience in an occupational therapy setting. Doctoral applicants in Georgia generally need to hold a master's degree in occupational therapy and a valid occupational therapy license. Some programs may require applicants to undergo an interview process in addition to submitting typical application materials, such as official transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, a resume or CV and/or a personal statement.
Georgia is home to a few colleges with master's and doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy that include hands-on clinical experiences. Many of these programs come in hybrid formats that include some online and on-campus coursework.