There are a variety of universities throughout Ohio that provide master's and/or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. These programs require hands-on clinical experiences and range in length from 2 to 5 years, depending on the type of program. Get details for some of these programs and find out what makes them unique.
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Ohio Schools with Graduate Programs in Occupational Therapy
The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University in Columbus has a full-time Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) program that can be completed in 2.5 years. The program totals 99 credits and requires a capstone project. Students in the program receive hands-on clinical training through labs, fieldwork experiences and a 6-month, full-time specialty practicum. According to the school's website, graduates of the 2016 and 2017 class had a 100% pass rate on the National Board Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists (NBCOT).
Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University in Cleveland provides a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program that has full- and part-time options available. Students who take the program full-time can complete it in 2 years, while those who go part-time complete it in 3 years, but both options total 79 to 81 credits. Students complete practicum experiences and a final 6-month long, full-time fieldwork experience at the end of the program for clinical experience. The program also requires a capstone project that is accomplished by students through small groups.
Walsh University in North Canton offers an MOT program that can be completed in 6 semesters (2 years). The program totals 72 credits and uniquely incorporates the spirituality and teachings of Jesus Christ into the curriculum, as the university is affiliated with the Roman Catholic faith. Students receive hands-on training through Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences, including 2 final, full-time experiences that may be 6- or 12-weeks in length. The program boasts small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities and provides clinical experiences all over Ohio and the United States.
Xavier University in Cincinnati has a 2.5-year MOT and beginning in the fall of 2020 they will also have a 4.5-year OTD program. Students in both programs will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on experiences throughout Cincinnati and international service work in Guatemala. Students in the MOT program complete Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences and two graduate research projects. The OTD program will also include Level I and Level II fieldwork, as well as a capstone experience.
Shawnee State University
Shawnee State University in Portsmouth offers a Bachelor's to Master's 3+2 program and a traditional MOT program. The specialty bachelor's to master's program allows students to enter the MOT program after 3 years of undergrad studying health and occupation. The MOT program totals 77 credits and includes research seminars, a practice capstone course and Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences. The final, full-time fieldwork experience may last 6 to 9 months and all fieldwork must be completed 2 months before students take the NBCOT.
Common Entrance Requirements
Graduate programs in occupational therapy in Ohio may be competitive and often require a minimum GPA around a 3.0 and/or GRE scores, which may also need to meet minimum standards that vary by program. Many of these programs also require prerequisite coursework in areas like abnormal psychology, statistics, writing, anatomy and physiology and may even require a minimum GPA in these prerequisites. It is also fairly common for these programs to require applicants to document a specific number of observation, work experience and/or volunteer hours in occupational therapy and some programs may require these hours to be in a variety of clinical settings. Applications for these programs typically require students to include their official transcripts, GRE scores and letters of recommendation or list of references. Some programs may also request a personal statement and/or interview process.
Ohio provides several different MOT and OTD programs that typically require Level I and Level II fieldwork and a full-time practicum experience. These programs usually prepare students to take the NBCOT for certification in the field.