Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan to promote and facilitate participation in all aspects of daily life through the therapeutic use of occupations (life activities). The program prepares graduates to practice in a variety of settings such as hospitals, homes, private practices, rehabilitation facilities, schools, community and governmental agencies, industry, and education or research centers.
The Professional Entry-Level Master of Occupational Therapy program at Missouri State University has applied for accreditation 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 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, graduates 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 the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduates “ability to sit for the NBCOT certification or attain state licensure”.
The program will be a part of the College of Health and Human Services. This provides exposure to and collaboration with multiple other disciplines. Our occupational therapy faculty have over 70 years of combined clinical experience in diverse settings spanning the lifespan from the neonatal ICU to geriatrics. Plans for construction are under way for a state-of-the art facility that will include simulated real-world settings, including an ICU with high fidelity mannequins, and a rehab courtyard all to be utilized for education, research, and patient referrals from the interdisciplinary clinic that is planned for the ground level of the building.
More information on Occupational Therapy, as well as Pre-Occupational Therapy requirements at Missouri State University, may be found at http://www.missouristate.edu/prehealth/7669.htm