Occupational Therapy Colleges in Baltimore with Course Overviews

The Baltimore area has several colleges that offer occupational therapy programs. Learn about the degree programs, admissions policies and program requirements for three schools within 39 miles of downtown to make an informed education decision.

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Baltimore Occupational Therapy Schools

Students interested in occupational therapy programs in the Baltimore area have at least three options, all within 53 minutes of downtown. The programs of these three schools are featured in this article along with a table comparing tuition, school size, and setting.

  • The Community College of Baltimore County is a 2-year public school located just over seven miles from downtown Baltimore and has an associate's degree program to prepare individuals for occupational therapy assistant careers.
  • Towson University is located seven miles from Baltimore in Towson, MD. This 4-year public school offers several undergraduate and graduate degree options for prospective occupational therapists, including a combined baccalaureate and master's-level program, a professional master's degree and a doctorate.
  • Howard University in Washington, D.C., also offers an entry-level master's degree program in occupational therapy. This 4-year private not-for-profit school is situated about 33 miles from Baltimore.

School Comparison

Whether seeking an occupational therapist or OT assistant program, tuition is often an important consideration when deciding on a school. This table compares attributes for the schools featured in this article.

Community College of Baltimore County Towson University Howard University
School Type* Two-year, public Four-year, public Four-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 19,349 (all undergraduates) 22,705 9,392
Campus Setting* Large suburb Small city Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $4,022 for in-district, $7,038 for in-state and $10,340 for out-of-state residents $9,694 for in-state and $22,140 for out-of-state residents (undergraduate); $9,504 for in-state and $17,172 for out-of-state residents (graduate) $32,884 (graduate)

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Community College of Baltimore County

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) offers more than 200 associate degree and certificate options in a variety of subjects, including occupational therapy. CCBC has offered an occupational therapy assistant (OTA) associate degree option since 1988 through the School of Health Professions.

Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Therapy Assistant

The two-year OTA program at CCBC consists of 69 credits. Students take several general education courses, as well as prerequisites in anatomy and physiology, psychology and statistical methods before registering for major-specific courses. Program coursework covers therapeutic activities, physical dysfunction, clinical techniques, professional skills and psychosocial dysfunction. Additionally, students complete a general and psychosocial fieldwork experience. Graduates can take the OTA national certification exam and gain entry-level employment under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

Towson University

Towson University offers more than 100 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs through its seven colleges. Through the College of Health Professions and the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science, students can choose from several degree programs in occupational therapy, including a combined bachelor's and master's degree program.

Combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Students who successfully complete this program receive a Bachelor of Science in Occupation and Well-Being and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Students must complete prerequisites, followed by 53 credits within the occupational therapy major, 31-34 credits of additional required coursework, nine credits of clinical coursework and 36 credits of graduate-level occupational therapy and elective courses. Undergraduate general education classes are required as well.

Program coursework includes anatomy and physiology, philosophy of occupational therapy, clinical kinesiology, research methods and issues in occupational therapy. Students engage in several supervised fieldwork experiences in a variety of settings and subjects, including physical dysfunction, physical rehab, children and youth and psychosocial practice.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy - Professional

This program is for individuals with a bachelor's degree in another area who are interested in becoming occupational therapists. The 82-credit curriculum can be completed in seven semesters. Coursework covers clinical kinesiology, principles of psychosocial occupational therapy and clinical assessment throughout the lifespan. Students complete two full-time hands-on fieldwork experiences. They also complete a research project.

Doctor of Science in Occupational Science

This program is designed for practicing occupational therapists or students who hold a master's degree in a related field. Students who successfully complete this program are prepared for leadership roles in academic settings, advanced clinical practice or advocacy and research positions. Coursework addresses research, the history of occupational science and contemporary community-based practices. Students also participate in an applied project and complete a dissertation based on original research.

Howard University

Howard University is comprised of 13 colleges that offer more than 120 academic programs in a wide range of subjects. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is offered through the College of Nursing & Allied Health Sciences.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

This is an entry-level master's program that consists of 77 credits and integrates lectures, research, theory and five clinical experiences. The program can be completed in two-and-a-half years, including all coursework, clinical experiences, exams and thesis or non-thesis requirements. Coursework covers musculoskeletal anatomy, occupational therapy concepts, clinical kinesiology, principles of disease, mental health assessment, interventions in pediatrics and ethics.

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