Occupational Science & Technology

Occupational Therapy Program


Occupational Therapy student fabricating a hand splint

Occupational Therapy is a profession as diverse, unlimited, and creative as the people it serves. When you work as an Occupational Therapist, you use the "occupations" of work and productive activities, play, leisure, social participation and self-care to teach skills to physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients, leading them to full participation in independent, satisfying lives. You'll design therapies as basic as bathing, dressing or eating, or as complex as operating a computer with modified control switches. As diverse as these therapies are, they will all share two common goals; promoting full engagement in everyday life and preventing disease and illness.

Many occupational therapists work in hospitals, but you might choose a career in the growing areas of occupational health, prevention and wellness programs, community-based programs, and technology. In a school, you could serve children with disabilities, improving their performance as students. Working within home health organizations, you could help people function more independently in their homes after illness or injury. In industrial settings, you could assist injured workers in returning to their jobs, or contribute to the prevention of injuries through job design. In a community setting, you could design services to promote health, participation, and function in an aging adult's own neighborhood. The rewards and possibilities are endless!

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA (2682) and it’s web address is www.acoteonline.org.

All students admitted to the MS in Occupational Therapy degree program will be required to complete a Background Information Disclosure form (HFS64). A background check, which identifies a past criminal record, does not necessarily preclude an individual from pursuing studies in occupational therapy or becoming a successful practitioner. Should there be a discrepancy between the information reported by the student on HFS-64 and the reports issued by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Family Services, the student will be subject to dismissal from the occupational therapy program and reported to DHFS per HFS 12.20 (1)(c), Wis. Adm. Code.

Graduates of the master's program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Candidates for the NBCOT Certification Examination will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felonies when applying for the exam. For further information on these limitations and other certification requirements, contact NBCOT at www.nbcot.org or The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (301) 990-7979. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.