There are very few options available to students in Arizona interested in earning a degree in occupational therapy. Accredited programs lead to master's degrees in the field and require applicants to hold an undergraduate degree, preferably in a body-related field, or additionally have completed prerequisite classes. The graduate programs may be completed in just over two years and include fieldwork or clinical experiences in supervised settings with real patients.
A.T. Still University
The A.T. Still University's Arizona School of Health Sciences is located in Mesa, and students enrolled in the occupational therapy master's degree program can earn a degree in 28 months. Applicants to the program must hold a bachelor's degree and have completed prerequisite courses in human anatomy and physiology, human development, abnormal psychology, and medical terminology. The curriculum covers topics in occupational theory, occupational analysis, psychosocial occupational therapy, pediatric occupational therapy, and physical disabilities. Students are also required to complete fieldwork in a professional setting.
The Midwestern University offers occupational therapy programs through its Glendale campus. The continuous, 27-month Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program is available through the College of Health Sciences. Course topics include evaluation and interventions, ethics, treatment plan development and evaluation, goal establishment and leadership strategies. Hands-on experience is gained through clinical rotations and fieldwork. In order to be admitted into the program, students must hold a bachelor's degree and pass a background check.
In order to earn occupational therapy licensure in the state of Arizona, individuals need to complete an academic program and supervised fieldwork, as well as pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. Prospective occupational therapists are required to earn a master's degree in occupational therapy; however, the state of Arizona has limited education and training options.
A.T. Still University and Midwestern University are the only two schools that offer a program that is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Occupational Therapy Degrees Offered||Occupational Therapy Program Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|A.T. Still University||Four-year, private, not-for-profit; large city||Master of Science in Occupational Therapy||$35,754 (2020)*|
|Midwestern University - Glendale||Four-year, private, not-for-profit; large suburb||Master of Occupational Therapy||$45,812**|
Sources: *A.T. Still University, **NCES College Navigator.