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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent — or live better with — illness, injury or disability. (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2010).

In-Demand Profession

Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average annual salary for occupational therapists is over $76,000. Job opportunities include acute hospitals, rehabilitation, and orthopedic settings, and schools. Driver rehabilitation, training for the elderly, ergonomic consulting, and health and wellness are emerging practice areas for occupational therapy. Milligan MSOT graduates have a 100% job placement rate at the time of graduation.

Leadership & Practice

Our mission is to prepare occupational therapists as servant-leaders who engage in scholarship, contribute to the profession, and offer clinical expertise to the underserved local and global communities. To that end, Milligan’s MSOT program will prepare you with critical thinking and clinical skills to assume leadership roles in clinical practice, administration, research, and education. The program is holistic in nature and integrates both theory and practice in the art and science of occupational therapy. Partnerships with regional, state, and national health care systems, hospitals, clinics, and non-profit organizations provide a wide range of professional experiences for our MSOT students.

Caring Faculty

Teaching you is more than a job to our faculty — it’s a mission. The faculty are dedicated Christian professionals who go above and beyond to challenge you and stretch your mind. They bring real world experience into the classroom every day because they continue to work in the fields they teach. Small class sizes provide personal interaction, exceptional training, and hands-on lab experience that will prepare you for success as an occupational therapist.

Curriculum & Schedule

The program is a full-time two-and-a-half year program, including fieldwork experiences. Courses meet four days a week (Monday through Thursday). The 79-hour curriculum includes coursework in three essential components: basic skills, the occupational therapy process, and capstone experience.

Accreditation

Milligan’s MSOT program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at:

ACOTE
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
www.acoteonline.org

National Certification

As a graduate of our program, you will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, you will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Exam.

 

The American Occupational Therapy Association

Curriculum

Curriculum

The 79-hour curriculum utilizes developmental course sequences, which includes coursework in three essential components: basic skills, the occupational therapy process, and capstone experiences. This program prepares students with a breadth and depth of information for practice as a generalist with a broad exposure to current practice settings (e.g., home health care, acute care, outpatient, school systems, skilled nursing, etc.) and emerging practice areas (e.g., wellness/injury prevention, low vision rehabilitation, universal design, ergonomics, etc.).
The length of the program follows the typical progression and pattern of graduate course work for entry-level occupational therapy education in order to meet standards for graduate education and to meet the expected outcomes of our graduates. In addition, the length of the program is comparable to other institutions with graduate, entry-level occupational therapy programs.

All students are admitted to the occupational therapy program on a full-time basis. Completion of all degree requirements on a full-time basis will take a minimum of two and one-half years. In exceptional cases, part-time status may be granted by the program director. Part-time students must complete all degree requirements within a period defined by the program director and faculty council of the occupational therapy program. This time period must not exceed five years. Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Developmental Course Sequence

Component I: Basic Skills

The basic skills component represents subject matter which serves as the foundation for the professional theories and practice methods. This component includes applied science courses, research methods and design, and an introduction to the profession of occupational therapy.

Component II: The Occupational Therapy Process

The core of this curriculum, the occupational therapy process, includes the study of occupation, typical life span development, and wellness with integration of the major theories and practice methods of occupational therapy. A developmental sequence (i.e., from pediatrics to geriatrics) is utilized to facilitate continuity and consistency from one course to another. Major topics dealing with disease processes, the physical and psychosocial impact of dysfunction, wellness, assessment, intervention, adaptation, emerging practice areas are incorporated. This sequence of courses promotes the development of critical thinking skills. An introduction to clinical experiences through Level I fieldwork is included.

Component III: Capstone Experiences

The capstone component of the curriculum is designed to move the student further toward the objective of integrated critical thinking. Topics covered in these courses include: administration and leadership, professional development, directed research, and Level II fieldwork. At the end of this component of the curriculum, the student should be prepared to sit for the NBCOT certification examination for the occupational therapist.

Financial Information

Tuition

Our MSOT program is priced competitively, and we will work with you individually every step of the way to help investigate all the options available for financing your education.

Tuition for the Milligan MSOT program for 2014-15 is as follows:

Tuition (per credit hour) $690
Technology Access Fee $225
Part-time Technology Access Fee
(enrolled in less than 6 credit hours)
$100
Life-time academic records fee $75

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for graduate students. Click here to learn more about the types of aid available and your payment options.

Admission

Milligan’s MSOT program is designed for students who have an earned bachelor’s degree and who have completed the prerequisite requirements for admissions to the program. Baccalaureate degrees can be in a variety of academic areas, some of which include human performance and exercise science, human relations, development, sociology, biology and psychology.

Milligan’s MSOT program starts one class a year each August. The application deadline is January 1. Admission is very competitive in the MSOT program; therefore, it is highly recommended to have your completed application submitted to OTCAS by December 15 for verification.

Apply through OTCAS

To apply, submit an online application through OTCAS, an Occupational Therapy centralized application service.

  • The application deadline is January 1, 2015.

Early Acceptance Program for Milligan Undergraduates

Current Milligan undergraduate students may be eligible for the early acceptance program. You may start applying as early as your Junior year. Students who are interested need to contact the MSOT office at 423.975.8010 or MSOT@milligan.edu to apply.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the MSOT program are as follows:

  • A baccalaureate degree with overall grade point average of 3.0.
  • Volunteer experience in a variety of occupational therapy clinical settings with a minimum of 40 documented hours or a disability related work/volunteer experience with the proper documentation.
  • Strong verbal and quantitative reasoning skills as reported on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • The TOEFL score must be at least 550 on the paper-based examination or 213 on the computer-based examination or 79 on the internet-based examination. The IELTS score must be at least 5.5. (international students only)
  • Three completed reference forms through OTCAS from persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant’s Christian commitment, character, and professional qualities of potential for success as a graduate student.
  • A completed baccalaureate degree that includes the following prerequisite courses
    • Math and Science
      • 9-12 hours including 8 hours of Anatomy & Physiology
      • Math Course
      • Anatomy & Physiology I
      • Anatomy & Physiology II
    • Social Science
      • 9 hours including:
      • Intro to Psychology
      • Intro to Sociology OR Intro to Anthropology
      • Human Development OR Developmental Psychology
    • Communication
      • 6 hours
      • Writing/English
      • Public Speaking
    • Medical Terminology
      • 1-3 hours

Substitution or waiver of requirement for any of the above prerequisite courses may be granted by the occupational therapy program admissions committee on an individual basis.

Prospective students meeting the minimum admission criteria will be considered for an interview. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation for an interview. Final selection of students will be made by the admissions committee of the occupational therapy program.

Matriculation of a cohort of new students is contingent upon an adequate number of admitted applicants.

Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles of Milligan College. We at Milligan adopt specific rules on the basis of our belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Specifically, the Milligan College adult student agrees to abide by a lifestyle commitment in which he or she refrains from illegal drugs, pornography, profanity, dishonesty, sexual immorality, unethical conduct, vandalism, and immodest dress. Students are expected to seek to serve Christ in an atmosphere of trust, encouragement, and respect for one another. Click here to read more about expectations and responsibilities for the Milligan community.

International Students

*If you are an international applicant, please have your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Milligan’s Admissions Office. All international applicants must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years. You cannot be exempted from this requirement unless English is your native language, or you are a U.S. citizen, or you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

Faculty

JeffSnodgrass

Dr. Jeff Snodgrass

Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy; Professor of Healthcare Administration & Occupational Therapy

Phone: 423.975.8011
Email: JSnodgrass@milligan.edu
Office: McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center, 012

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ChristyIsbell

Dr. Christy Isbell

Professor of Occupational Therapy

Phone: 423.975.8012
Email: CIsbell@milligan.edu
Office: McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center, 013

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JilSmith

Dr. Jil Smith

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Phone: 423.975.8022
Email: JSmith@milligan.edu
Office: McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center, 016

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ChristyFellers

Dr. Christy Fellers

Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy

Phone: 423.461.8653
Email: CMFellers@milligan.edu
Office: McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center, 015

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RachelEllis

Rachel Ellis

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Admissions Coordinator for MSOT; Adjunct Instructor of Occupational Therapy

Phone: 423.461.8014
Email: REllis@milligan.edu
Office: McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center, 014

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KristiaBrown

Kristia Brown

Occupational Therapy Office Manager and Admission Coordinator

Phone: 423.975.8010
Email: LKBrown@milligan.edu
Office: McGlothlin-Street Occupational Therapy Center 010

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