Department of Occupational Therapy
The Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy provides entry-level education in occupational therapy. Students admitted to this 73-credit 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 the program.
Kean recognizes that students have varied interests, and applicants with various baccalaureate degrees are welcome. 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.*
* Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to take the certification examination and/or attain state licensure.
Accreditation and credentials
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.
Upon successful completion of academic preparation and level II fieldwork experiences, students are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) exam. Kean has had a 100% pass rate for the past several years. The past year's pass rate on the certification exam is available here. For more information please seewww.nbcot.org.
Kean University is renowned for its excellent value, with high-quality education and low tuition rates. Our tuition is among the lowest of New Jersey's fine state colleges and universities.
M.S. Admission Requirements
This program admits in the fall semester only.
In addition to the University’s admission requirements:
- Baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 from all colleges attended
- Minimum grade of "B" or better in each prerequisite course
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- Three letters of recommendation
- Documented observation of occupational therapy services within a variety of age groups and practice areas for a minimum of 40 hours in two or more practice settings. Each applicant may choose from a diverse variety of settings, such as: hospital settings, community based programs, skilled nursing facilities, early intervention, school based programs, home care, outpatient programs, hand therapy sites and/or mental health sites. Please complete the OT Observation Rating Form for each site.
- Current Professional Resume/CV
- Personal Statement
- Respond to a departmental question-"Describe a current event or societal issue and how you feel OT could impact the situation."
- Departmental interview may be required
- Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports
Note: Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee interview or admission. Interviews will be conducted at the discretion of the occupational therapy department admissions committee.
M.S. Prerequisite Coursework
The courses outlined below are the Kean University courses that satisfy the prerequisite requirements required for admission.
Minimum grade of "B" or better required in each prerequisite course
- General Psychology (3 credits)
- Intro to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
- Anatomy & Physiology l and ll (8 credits, with lab)*+
- Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
- Lifespan Developmental Psychology* (3 credits)
- Psychological Statistics (3 credits)
- Introduction to OT** (3 credits)
*These courses must be taken within 5 years of application to program
**This course can only be taken at Kean University. For visiting students, you will need to submit an electronicRequest for Registration Eligibility Form for the Registrar's office.
+A&P online format will be accepted for the lecture part only. All A&P related labs must be completed in person for the hands-on learning.
With the exception of Introduction to Occupational Therapy, prerequisites do not need to be taken at Kean University. The applicant may complete prerequisites at any accredited college or university in the USA, including two-year community colleges. It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine whether or not their prerequisite courses match the Kean University requirements. Specific questions regarding prerequisite courses will be gladly answered at one of our information sessions, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All course work will be entered on the online application.
Please note: At the time of application, prospective students may have only three prerequisite courses outstanding/in progress. If admitted to the program, acceptance will be conditional, requiring the student receive a grade of “B” or better in the outstanding course(s) before the fall semester commences. Due to the competitive applicant pool, the Admissions Committee strongly encourages the completion of all prerequisite courses prior to application.
* There are limited part time options available. This is determined on a case by case basis.*
M.S. Application Deadline
Fall: January 15, 2018
Spring: No Spring Admission
For questions regarding your M.S. OT application please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions:
Phone: 908-737-GRAD (4723) Email: email@example.com
Please forward all supporting documentation (official transcripts, letters of recommendation, OT observation rating form, current professional resume/CV) to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
Office of Graduate Admissions
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
If you have questions regarding admission, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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