Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

#13

Ranked Occupational Therapy Program by U.S. News & World Report

100%

Overall NBCOT Certification Pass Rate

98%

Graduation Rate

94%

NBCOT Certification Pass Rate on First Attempt

What is an occupational therapist?

jordan lab occupational therapyOccupational therapists are motivated and creative problem solvers who like working with people and translating scientific knowledge into everyday practicalities. They are collaborators who bring about desired change and attainment of meaningful goals. Sometimes new skill development is necessary, other times adapting the environment is essential for a productive life.

When people experience trauma, stress, or chronic health conditions their daily routines are often disrupted making it difficult to get up, get dressed, and go to work, make dinner, or enjoy family and friends. That’s when occupational therapists intervene to promote performance and participation in life. Helping people engage in everyday tasks and life roles is the trademark of an occupational therapist; it’s the key to successful living.

Occupational therapists are in demand. Hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, community outreach programs, private practices, school-based settings, and specialty practices all employ occupational therapists.

The US Department of Labor lists occupational therapy as one of the top 20 professions for projected job growth in the next five years. Salaries in South Carolina begin in the mid-$50’s and vary by region. Practitioners can advance their careers in traditional settings, branch out into emerging areas of contemporary practice, and become leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and researchers.

Tuition & Fees

A full list of academic charges for the MS in Occupational Therapy program can be found in the MUSC Bulletin. View the program's cost of attendance.

Accreditation

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). Program graduates are 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). Passing the NBCOT Certification Examination is necessary, but each state may have additional requirements for state licensure. You can find information about state licensure here.  Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) logo

The Occupational Therapy program's accrediting body is the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

ACOTE c/o AOTA
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: 301-652-6611 / Fax: 770-238-0414
acoteonline.org

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) logoThe national certification examination for occupational therapists is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. View MUSC's school performance data at NBCOT.org.