The Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy is a 73 credit program designed to provide entry level education in occupational therapy. Students admitted to this program will earn a Master of Science in occupational therapy in just 2 ½ full-time years of study. A student who has earned a baccalaureate degree from Kean University or another accredited institution is welcome to apply to our program. At Kean, we understand that students have varied interests and we welcome applicants with various baccalaureate degrees. Students from diverse educational and experiential backgrounds create our unique program. The application process takes place through the Nathan Weiss Graduate College at Kean University. Approximately 30 students are admitted into the program each September. Each student accepted into the program completes five semesters of required academic courses and a minimum of six months of supervised fieldwork in an approved clinical setting. Clinical fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of academic courses. Students successfully completing the program will be eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be able to identify him or herself as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states, including New Jersey, require licensure in order to practice. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Exam.*
Kean University is renowned for its excellent value, the highest quality education with the lowest tuition rates. Our tuition is among the lowest of New Jersey's fine state colleges and universities.
The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Correspondence should be directed to: ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. Their phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. Website: www.acoteonline.org.
* Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to take the certification examination and/or attain state licensure.
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