Occupational Therapy (MS)

Degree Requirements

Effective December 2021   

OT 500Occupation in Context3
OT 501Occupational Development4
OT 504Neurosci Basis of Occ Perform3
OT 505Scientific Inquiry I2
OT 506Research Design1
OT 507ADL/IADL Eval & Intervention2
OT 508Experiential Learning-Peds2
OT 509OT Foundations3
OT 511Neuromusculoskeletal Assessmen1
OT 513Neuromusculosketal Experient2
OT 515Psychosocial Eval & Intervent3
OT 517Occupational Evaluation I3
OT 521Practicum I1
OT 525Documentation3
OT 526OT for Adults2
OT 528Adult Experiential Learning2
OT 531Practicum II1
OT 535Foundations Low Vision Rehab2
OT 539Professional Dev Seminar1
OT 545Scientific Inquiry II2
OT 547Research Implementation1
OT 550Level II Fieldwork - A6
OT 551Pract. IV Psych/Soc1
OT 552OT School-Based Practice3
OT 553OT and the Older Adult2
OT 554OT & the Older Adult Exp Learn2
OT 555Level II Fieldwork - B6
OT 557OT for the Young Child3
OT 558Tech & Environ Interven in OT3
OT 567OT for UE Injuries and Work2
OT 568UE Injuries & Work Experientia2
OT 571Interprofessional Collaboratio1
OT 572Eval and Intervention Child an2
OT 573OT in Acute Care2
OT 574OT and Wellness3
OT 575Advanced Professional Writing2
OT 576Res Analysis and Presentation1
OT 577Management and Supervision3
OT 578Intervention Competencies2
OT 581Clinical Practice I2
OT 582Clinical Practice II2
Elective Course1
Total Hours95


Students admitted in the Occupational Therapy program will be charged a matriculation deposit of $300 required to secure a seat in the entering class. This amount is not refundable but will be applied towards tuition expenses after classes begin.

Students should be prepared for extra expenses associated with professional studies including books, local travel to and from fieldwork sites and out-of-town travel and living expenses during Level II Fieldwork assignments. Special lab fees are assessed for the following courses:

Abbr Course Description Fee
OT 500 Occupation in Context $30.00
OT 501 Occupational Development I $21.00
OT 504 Neuroscientific Basis of Occup Perf $70.00
OT 508 Experiential Learning $26.00
OT 513 Neuromusculoskeletal Experiential Learning $30.00
OT 515 Psychosocial Evaluation & Intervention $26.00
OT 517 Occupational Evaluation I $50.00
OT 521 Practicum I $50.00
OT 528 OT for Adult Experiential Learning $65.00
OT 531 Practicum II $50.00
OT 535 Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation $32.00
OT 545 Scientific Inquiry II $25.00
OT 550 Level II Fieldwork (A) $5.00
OT 551 Practicum III $50.00
OT 552 School Basted OT Practice $38.00
OT 554 OT and the Older Adult Experiential Learning $32.00
OT 555 Level II Fieldwork (B) $5.00
OT 557 OT for the Young Child $35.00
OT 558 Technology and Environmental Interventions in OT $50.00
OT 568 UE/Work Experiential Learning $85.00
OT 572 Evaluation & Intervention Child & Adolescence $33.00
OT 573 OT in Acute Care $30.00
OT 574 OT & Wellness $13.00
OT 578 Intervention Competencies $40.00
OT 582 Clinical Practice 2 $25.00

Retention Policies In accordance with the Policies of the University of South Alabama Graduate School:

  • A minimum overall 3.0 GPA on all work attempted in the student's specific program of study is required. A maximum of two courses with the grade of "C" may be counted toward a degree program.
  • Any term in which a graduate student drops below a 3.0 GPA, the student is placed on probationary status and has a period of two terms to attain a 3.0 GPA or be dismissed from the Graduate School.

In addition, the following Departmental Retention Policies apply:

  • Students in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program are required to achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each course in the occupational therapy curriculum. This minimum grade of "C" reflects only the letter grade since many courses will require an 80% or 90% competency in order to be considered passing level.
  • A student who receives a grade below "C" will be academically dismissed.
  • Any combination of nine (9) semester hours of grades of "C" in OT courses will result in academic dismissal.
  • Students who earn more than two "C" grades in any OT courses will result in academic dismissal
  • If for any reason a student must withdraw from the occupational therapy program, re-admission will require approval of the department chairperson and the Dean of the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions.
  • All occupational therapy coursework taken prior to Level II Fieldwork must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order for a student to be eligible to proceed with Level II Fieldwork.
  • Level II Fieldwork will be graded as Pass/Fail using the criterion scores developed by the American Occupational Therapy Association. A student will be allowed to withdraw from fieldwork, without penalty, under special circumstances, for example, a serious illness/newly acquired disability. Withdrawal from Level II Fieldwork requires the recommendation of the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and the permission of the Department Chairperson. All repeat fieldwork experiences must be completed within one year.
  • If a student fails a Level II Fieldwork course (OT 550, OT 555), a "U" or unsatisfactory will be recorded as the grade. IF the student is permitted to repeat the Level II Fieldwork course, the student may be required to complete remediation tasks prior to repeating the course. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator will schedule the repeated fieldwork at the earliest available time, but no later than 12 months following completion of all other academic requirements. A student failing to satisfactorily complete two out of three attempts of the 12-week fieldwork placements (OT 550, OT 555) shall be dismissed from the program.

Note: In some semesters, courses may not start and/or finish during the regular University beginning and ending dates for the semester. For example, one course may start at the beginning of a semester and finish at the semester midpoint, while another course starts at the midpoint of the semester and finishes at the semester's end. Accreditation: The Department of Occupational Therapy MSOT Program is accredited by:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814

ACOTE's phone number is (301) 652-6611 (x2914). Graduates of the 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). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may adversely affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Clinical fieldwork placements will be provided, as safely available, to our students and may require variations in dates for starting and for completion of the clinical rotations. In addition, simulation may be utilized for the completion of level I fieldwork

Graduation Plan

(95 Total Hours)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
OT 500 Occupation in Context 3
OT 501 Occupational Development 4
OT 509 OT Foundations 3
OT 511 Neuromusculoskeletal Assessmen 1
OT 513 Neuromusculosketal Experient 2
OT 517 Occupational Evaluation I 3
OT 505 Scientific Inquiry I 2
OT 506 Research Design 1
OT 507 ADL/IADL Eval & Intervention 2
OT 508 Experiential Learning-Peds 2
OT 515 Psychosocial Eval & Intervent 3
OT 526 OT for Adults 2
OT 528 Adult Experiential Learning 2
OT 535 Foundations Low Vision Rehab 2
OT 521 Practicum I (- 101) 1
OT 525 Documentation 3
OT 552 OT School-Based Practice 3
OT 553 OT and the Older Adult 2
OT 554 OT & the Older Adult Exp Learn 2
OT 551 Pract. IV Psych/Soc 1
OT 590
Special Topics -
or IPE Autism Spectrum Disorders
Second Year
OT 504 Neurosci Basis of Occ Perform 3
OT 545 Scientific Inquiry II 2
OT 547 Research Implementation 1
OT 557 OT for the Young Child 3
OT 558 Tech & Environ Interven in OT 3
OT 567 OT for UE Injuries and Work 2
OT 568 UE Injuries & Work Experientia 2
OT 531 Practicum II (- 101) 1
OT 539 Professional Dev Seminar 1
OT 571 Interprofessional Collaboratio 1
OT 572 Eval and Intervention Child an 2
OT 573 OT in Acute Care 2
OT 574 OT and Wellness 3
OT 575 Advanced Professional Writing 2
OT 576 Res Analysis and Presentation 1
OT 577 Management and Supervision 3
OT 578 Intervention Competencies 2
OT 550 Level II Fieldwork - A 6
OT 581 Clinical Practice I (online) 2
Third Year
OT 555 Level II Fieldwork - B 6
OT 581 Clinical Practice I (online) 2
 Total Hours95

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