Miami Occupational Therapy Universities with School Overviews

Jan 02, 2019

There are at least four schools in and around Miami, FL, that have occupational therapy degrees. To find out which one is right for you, read an overview of admission policies and program requirements at three colleges located within 25 miles of the city's center.

Occupational Therapy Degrees in Miami, FL

Miami offers a few options at the graduate level for students who are interested in studying occupational therapy. This article covers the required fieldwork and courses at three Miami-area schools that have programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association. There's also a table of additional facts on the schools as well as a little info on a fourth education option nearby.

  • Those looking to earn an occupational therapy master's degree from a private university in Miami can apply to Barry University, which is located just over eight miles from the downtown area.
  • If a public university is preferred, Florida International University offers an option for earning a master's degree in occupational therapy. The campus is about nine miles from central Miami.
  • About 20 miles from downtown Miami in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Nova Southeastern University has a master's and three doctoral programs in the field.

Comparison of Schools

Compare and contrast the profiled universities in a number of areas by reviewing the table below. It has stats on tuition, acceptance rates, enrollment numbers, graduation figures and more.

Barry University Florida International University Nova Southeastern University
School Type* Private, non-profit, 4-year university Public, 4-year university Private, non-profit, 4-year university
Total Enrollment (2017)* 7,358 56,718 20,793
Campus Setting* Large suburb Large suburb Large suburb
Annual Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $17,820 $11,097 in-state, $23,578 out-of-state $20,419
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 99% 86% 100%
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017)* 85% 54% 58%
Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 61% for full-time students 88% for full-time students 79% for full-time students
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (students who began in Fall 2011)* 35% 57% 52%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Barry University

The occupational therapy program at Barry University is held within the school's College of Health Sciences. The program employs eight faculty members who are practicing occupational therapists.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

This program admits only 42 students each fall. To be considered, applicants need bachelor's degrees, suitable GPAs, sufficient grades in all prerequisite courses, GRE scores, recommendation letters and 40 hours of volunteer experience or observation hours in the field. The curriculum prepares students to sit for the certification exam to become registered occupational therapists. Classes are held on the weekends, and students complete two fieldwork experiences as well as graduate projects. The program typically takes less than three years to complete.

Florida International University

FIU's College of Nursing and Health Sciences contains the occupational therapy program as well as programs in nursing, athletic training, communication sciences and disorders, physical therapy and health services administration. Nearly ten faculty members teach classes in the occupational therapy program.

Professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Admission into this program requires a bachelor's degree in any field, prerequisite courses and a minimum GPA. Students typically complete the program in less than three years. Coursework addresses such topics as occupational therapy theories, assistive technology and occupational therapy disorders. In the second year, students begin working on a master's project and participating in fieldwork.

Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern has multiple campuses across Florida where students can find several entry-level and post-professional programs in various health fields. The occupational therapy programs are offered in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. The Fort Lauderdale campus has 13 faculty members teaching occupational therapy courses.

Master of Occupational Therapy

Admission to this program requires at least a bachelor's degree and GRE scores. Applicants must also complete prerequisite courses and earn 40 hours of occupational therapy volunteer work. Once admitted, students take courses in areas of anatomy, kinesiology and leadership. Clinical training begins in the first year under faculty supervision. By the third year, students are able to choose where they want to conduct their fieldwork and in what area of occupational therapy. They must complete two 3-month fieldwork experiences during this third year.

Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Students of this program will study occupational therapy interventions, neuroanatomy, kinesiology and OT technology. The third and fourth year are spent on a project and residencies/fieldwork, which comprises three 3-week internships, two 12-week field experiences and a 16-week residency. This is a blended program.

Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

This post-professional program is designed for practicing occupational therapists with bachelor's or master's degrees in occupational therapy. The curriculum covers research and leadership courses and requires students to choose three credits of electives related to a specific area of occupational therapy. A capstone residency course is also included. Students complete majority of the curriculum online, although they're required to attend campus 2-3 days each semester.

Doctor of Philosophy in Occupational Therapy

Individuals wanting to conduct research in the occupational therapy field or teach at the university-level may be interested in this program. Among other admission requirements, applicants must have master's degrees. The program's format is similar to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program's in that students complete most of the coursework online and travel to the campus for a few days each semester. This 61-credit program includes classes on biostatistics, research methods, grant writing and leadership. Each student must complete a research residency, a qualifying exam and a dissertation.

Other School Options

Individuals who want to become occupational therapy assistants can find an associate's degree program in the field at Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale. The campus is 28 miles from downtown Miami.

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