In Michigan, aspiring occupational therapists can pursue a dual bachelor's and master's degree program, designed to be completed in five years. There are also master's degree programs available for those who already possess a bachelor's degree. Individuals with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy can advance their studies by pursuing a graduate-level certificate. Programs integrate field work to provide students with hands-on experience. In addition, master's-level students typically complete a final research project.
At the Center for Graduate Studies in Flint and the Flint campus, students can complete a dual degree program in occupational therapy within the health sciences department. At the Flint campus, students can begin the Bachelor of Health Science in Pre-Occupational Therapy/Master of Occupational Therapy program, which takes four years for the bachelor's degree and one for the master's. In the 192-credit pre-occupational therapy program, students complete courses in therapeutic use, mental health conditions, program planning and complementary therapies, as well as field experience. Graduates of this program are required to apply to the Master of Occupational Therapy program, which is offered through the Center for Graduate Studies. It's a limited enrollment, 56-credit program that includes fieldwork and a graduate seminar for certification preparation.
Eastern Michigan University
Located in Ypsilanti, this school enrolls approximately 23,000 students. The School of Health Sciences Information offers a Master of Occupational Therapy program designed for individuals who have already completed a bachelor's degree. This 63-credit program includes a culminating project and several fieldwork experiences. Classes cover supervision and professional roles, models of practice and neurological foundations of human occupation.
The university also offers a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy dual degree program that takes a total of five years to complete. This 3 + 2 program is designed for individuals who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree. Core courses include medical care organizations, analysis of occupation and the philosophy of occupational therapy. The program also includes a culminating project and fieldwork experiences.
Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University is located in Allendale and enrolls about 25,000 students. The school offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy that includes 79-80 credit hours of study. In addition to completing a research project or master's thesis, capstone courses and fieldwork, students take classes in topics such as occupational therapy services administration, adult practice and limitations on occupation.
Saginaw Valley State University
University Center's Saginaw Valley State University offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy that requires 68 credit hours of study through the Crystal M. Lange College of Health & Human Services. This program, which is designed for entry-level students who've already completed 80 credits, includes classes in occupational assessment of neurological conditions, assessment for orthopedic conditions and occupational adaptation of psychosocial conditions. It also includes fieldwork and a graduate research project.
The school also offers a Post-Baccalaureate in Occupational Therapy to Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. This 34-credit program is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. The curriculum includes courses in therapeutic technologies and community integration. Students also complete a research project.
Wayne State University
Wayne State University is located in Detroit and enrolls about 31,000 students. The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences has a Master of Occupational Therapy that includes 92 credits of study. The school also offers an entry-level master's degree program in occupational therapy, which it refers to as a '2 + 3 program'. In this program, students are awarded a bachelor's degree in health sciences after completing two years of study then further their studies at the master's level. The curriculum includes classes in occupational therapy assessments, health conditions, human anatomy for the health sciences and interventions, as well as two fieldwork experiences and a research project.
Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University's Department of Occupational Therapy offers a 64-credit Master of Science in Occupational Therapy through the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids campuses. The program takes 28 months to complete, including 22 months of academic study and six months of fieldwork. Classes focus on applied neurology, functional assessment and disabling conditions. Western Michigan University also administers a '4 + 1 program' that combines undergraduate and graduate study. In this program, students complete 40 credit hours of undergraduate and 30 credit hours of graduate study. Additionally, students have access to the Center for Gerontology and Marion R. Spear OT Clinic.
Michigan requires that occupational therapists (OT) be licensed. The Michigan Board of Occupational Therapists is responsible for licensing OTs. To become licensed, an individual must graduate from an approved occupational therapist program and pass the exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NCBOT). To sit for the NCBOT exam, an individual must graduate from a program accredited by the American Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Profiled below are the six schools in Michigan that offer occupational therapy degree programs accredited by ACOTE, as well as a chart comparing tuition and school type information.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Occupational Therapy Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Baker College||Four-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Health Science in Pre-Occupational Therapy\Master of Occupational Therapy||$11,745*|
|Eastern Michigan University||Four-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy,
Master of Occupational Therapy
|$15,573 in-state; $27,645 out-of-state*|
|Grand Valley State University||Four-year, public; large suburb||Master of Science in Occupational Therapy||$14,612 in-state; $19,331 out-of-state*|
|Saginaw Valley State University||Four-year, public; rural fringe|| Post-Baccalaureate in Occupational Therapy to Master of Science in Occupational Therapy,
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
|$12,686 in-state; $23,865 out-of-state*|
|Wayne State University||Four-year, public; large city||Entry-Level Master of Occupational Therapy,
Master of Occupational Therapy
|$15,853 in-state; $32,370 out-of-state*|
|Western Michigan University||Four-year, public; small city||Dual Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Health Services\Master of Science in Occupational Therapy,
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
|$13,650 in-state; $27,881 out-of-state*|
Source: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics.