Occupational Therapy Graduate Programs in Michigan

Jan 02, 2019

Michigan has several different master's and/or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy that require multiple hours of clinical experience. Compare and contrast some of these programs and their admission standards.

A handful of different cities throughout Michigan offer colleges with graduate degree programs in occupational therapy. These programs are available at the master's and doctoral levels and may include a final project. Learn more about the coursework and clinical requirements for these programs.

Schools in Michigan with Graduate Degree Programs in Occupational Therapy

Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti has a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program that boasts a 100% pass rate for graduates on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam since 2014, per the school's website. The program can be completed in 2 years, including summer and winter sessions. Students in the program participate in Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences, including 2 separate 12-week long clinical skills experiences. Students are also required to complete a final research project.

Wayne State University

Wayne State University in Detroit is home to one of the oldest OT programs in the United States. Students can earn the MOT in 3 years, including summers and winters. The program totals 92 credits and includes 2 Level II fieldwork experiences. One of these fieldwork experiences focus on a medical model, while the other focuses on a community model. Other core courses for the program include topics in interventions, anatomy, assessment and program administration.

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo's Western Michigan University provides a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program. The program can be completed in 28 months and requires a total of 72 credits. Classes for the program are uniquely available in on-campus, online and in hybrid formats. The program includes courses in occupational therapy research and concludes with a 6-month, Level II fieldwork experience.

Baker College

Baker College in Flint offers an MSOT program that builds on the school's pre-occupational therapy bachelor's degree program. The program totals 38 credit hours and includes Level I and Level II fieldwork. Students take coursework that discuss topics in rehabilitation, mental health, leadership and clinical reasoning. These courses are often designed to help students learn through research, case studies, debates and discussions.

University of Michigan-Flint

Beginning in the fall of 2019, the University of Michigan-Flint will have the state's first Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. The program has a unique partnership with Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor to provide guest lectures, hands-on learning opportunities and research opportunities to students. Students in the program must complete Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences, a doctoral capstone project and a doctoral residency. The program can be completed in 3 years, including winter sessions.

Common Entrance Requirements

Several graduate programs in occupational therapy in Michigan require applicants to have a bachelor's degree and minimum GPA of at least 3.0. These programs also typically require prior coursework at the undergraduate level in courses such as psychology, physiology, anatomy, statistics and/or writing. It is also fairly common for these programs to require students to have a specific number of contact, volunteer or work experience hours in the field of occupational therapy, often under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist. The required hours may vary based on the program, but some may have a minimum of at least 20 hours. Additional application materials for these programs usually include official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume and an essay and some programs may require the GRE.

Master's degree programs in occupational therapy are the most common in Michigan and they typically require Level I and Level II fieldwork experience. Most of these programs can be completed in 2 years and are available on-campus, but some may offer flexible coursework.

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