Clarkson’s Occupational Therapy program taps into the University’s core strengths of engineering, science, entrepreneurship and the arts to provide students with an expansive knowledge base.

This specialized MS helps students embrace the field’s essential points:

  • Engaging in a meaningful occupation and finding purpose are profound curatives.
  • A thorough knowledge of human anatomy and psychology — tied to an appreciation for creativity — lead to recovery and unique paths of productivity.
  • Neither disabilities nor perceived differences can violate an individual’s dignity or self-determination.

We make you a successful occupational therapist by offering the unique curriculum below.

Semester 1:
Establish an anatomical and physiological basis for occupational performance and explore dysfunction across the life span.

Semester 2:
Explore conditions and their physical, psychological and social factors stemming from varied diseases and disorders, concentrating on psychopathology, and examine medical diagnoses and psycho-social dysfunction, focusing on how these conditions impact the occupations of affected individuals.

Semester 3:
First formal fieldwork experience. Provide deliberate occupation-based interventions to groups within the local, rural community.

Semester 4:
Discover social determinants of health and occupational participation.

Semester 5:
Conceptualize potential contributions to emerging practices and problems affecting good health — and good healthcare.

Fieldwork Level II:
Address conditions across the life span and integrate occupational therapy to address physical and mental dysfunction, focusing on alleviating periods of social disruption.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has granted “Candidacy Status” to the Occupational Therapy program at Clarkson University.

Candidacy Status is Step 2 of the accreditation process. Although the designation Candidacy Status is not a guarantee of accreditation, it does indicate that the resource allocation and plan for development of the proposed program appear to demonstrate the ability to meet the ACOTE Accreditation Standards for a Master’s-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist if fully implemented as planned.

For further information, please visit the AOTA website at www.aota.org.

Example Courses

  • MSOT500 Case Base Reasoning 1: Gross Anatomy, Neurorehabilitation and Human Occupation
  • MSOT510 Foundations in Occupation Based Practice
  • MSOT520 Experiential Learning Lab I: Health, Disability and Occupation
  • MSOT600 Engineering Occupational Performance during Transitions across the lifespan
  • MSOT540 Professional Seminar A: Professionalism in Occupational Therapy
  • MSOT530 Optional: Independent Study in Occupational Therapy

Concentrations

Students will have the opportunity to pursue one of three Clarkson occupational therapy specialty tracks of study, which will allow them to become immersed in advanced study in their area of interest.

  • Technology for Health-Related Quality of Life Track: Students will become clinicians who can design and implement individual, organization and population-based programs that leverage the promise of technology.
  • Occupational Therapist as an Educator Track: Students will become clinicians who can design and implement individual, organization and population-based programs in academia, clinical research and/or interventions directed to the current and emerging needs of children and youth.
  • Innovative Practitioner Track: Students will become clinicians who can design and implement individual, organization and population-based programs in innovative practices that include, but are not limited to, primary care practitioners, product designers or entrepreneurs.

Curricular Goals & Threads

Our curricular goals for our program:

Goal 1: Design and deliver humanistic, ethical and high-quality, individualized occupational therapy services to individual clients and their family/caregivers in both individual and group treatment.

Goal 2: Students will understand and be able to respond with occupation-based programs to contemporary and global issues affecting health, wellbeing and disability, with specific focus on unmet and emerging needs in rural and underserved populations.

Goal 3: Integrate innovative, technological, imaginative art and educational resources into program planning, design, management and intervention.

Goal 4: Demonstrate the ability to reflect on science and technology, including their relationship to society, their impact on the environment, and occupation and demonstrate the capacity and commitment to grow both as an individual professional.

Goal 5: Collaborate skillfully with clients, interprofessional team members and non-professional colleagues, families and community members and demonstrate the important contribution of occupational therapy by doing good work.

Our curricular threads are:

  • Professional Identity
    Student will value and assume an identity of service and contribution, by promoting occupation and participation in multiple contexts through the identification of barriers to and providing supports for occupational roles and performance patterns.
  • Innovation
    Students will develop the ability to meet the needs of local, regional and global society, including a focus on rural communities, through research and scholarship.
  • Technology
    Students will learn to engineer solutions through technology including telehealth, assistive technology and virtual contexts.
  • Education & Research
    Students will develop problem-solving abilities through science-driven practice and the use of practice-based evidence, with a focus on occupation as both intervention and outcome.
  • Interprofessional Practice
    Students will exhibit strong leadership and collaborative skills as they assume roles of advocacy and activism for both clients and the profession.

Coursework

Semester I: Fall 

Course #

 

Course Name

 

Credit Hours

OT 500

 

Case Base Reasoning I: Gross Anatomy, Neurorehabilitation and Human Occupation

 

6

OT 510

 

Foundations in Occupation Based Practice

 

3

OT 520

 

Experiential Learning Lab I: Health, Disability and Occupation

 

3

OT 600

 

Engineering Occupational Performance During Transitions Across the Lifespan

 

3

OT 540

 

Professional Seminar A: Professionalism in Occupational Therapy

 

2

OT 530

 

Optional: Independent Study in Occupational Therapy (1-3 credits)

 

 

   

Total

 

17

         

Semester II: Spring 

Course #

 

Course Name

 

Credit Hours

OT 503

 

Case Base Reasoning II: Applied Neuroscience, Human Health and Human Occupation

 

6

OT 513

 

Foundations in Intervention: Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL)

 

3

OT 523

 

Experiential Learning Lab II: Applied Neuroscience and Human Occupation: Conditions and Function

 

3

OT 610

 

Engineering Health through Creativity, Craft and Analysis of Occupation

 

3

OT 543

 

Professional Seminar B: Theory and Practice

 

2

OT 530

 

Optional: Independent Study in OT (1-3 credits)

 

 

   

Total

 

17

         

Semester III: Summer 

Course #

 

Course Name

 

Credit Hours

OT 700

 

Fieldwork Level I

 

4

OT 620

 

Engineering Pathway to Participation

 

2

OT 621

 

Case-based Reasoning III: Development Across the Lifespan

 

2

OT 622

 

Experiential Learning Lab III: Assessing Occupational Performance

 

2

OT 530

 

Optional: Independent Study in OT (1-3 credits)

 

 

   

Total

 

10

         
   

Semester IV: Fall 

Course #

 

Course Name

 

Credit Hours

OT 505

 

Case Base Reasoning IV: Kinesiology, Social Determinants of Health & Participation

 

4

OT 515

 

Foundation in Evidence Based Practice: Applied Research I

 

3

OT 525

 

Experiential Learning Lab IV: Development of Intervention Across the Lifespan

 

3

OT 630

 

Engineering Pathway to Clinical Practice: Technology for Health-Related Quality of Life I; OR

 

 

3

 

OT 631

 

Engineering Pathway to Clinical Practice: Occupational Therapist as an Educator I; OR

 

OT 632

 

Engineering Pathway to Clinical Practice: Innovative Practitioner I

 

OT 545

 

Professional Seminar C: Clinical Scholarship

 

2

OT 530

 

Optional: Independent Study in OT (1-3 credits)

 

 

   

Total

 

15

         

Semester V: Spring 

Course #

 

Course Name

 

Credit Hours

OT 507

 

Case Base Reasoning V: Innovations in Cognition and Mental Health Practice

 

4

OT 517

 

Foundations in Evidence Based Practice: Applied Research II

 

3

OT 527

 

Experiential Learning Lab V: Professional Practice, Leadership, Management & Activism

 

3

OT 640

 

Engineering Pathway to Clinical Practice: Technology for Health-Related Quality of Life II; OR

 

 

3

 

OT 641

 

Engineering Pathway to Clinical Practice: Occupational Therapist as an Educator II; OR

 

OT 642

 

Engineering Pathway to Clinical Practice: Innovative Practitioner II

 

OT 547

 

Seminar D: Guided Practice in Scholarly Activity

 

2

OT 530

 

Optional: Independent Study in OT (1-3 credits)

 

 

   

Total

 

15

         

Semester VI: Summer 

Course #

 

Course Name

 

Credit Hours

OT 705

 

Fieldwork Level IIA

 

9

OT 530

 

Optional: Independent Study in OT (1-3 credits)

 

 

   

Total

 

9

         

Semester VII: Fall 

Course #

 

Course Name

 

Credit Hours

OT 710

 

Fieldwork Level IIB

 

9

OT 530

 

Optional: Independent Study in OT (1-3 credits)

 

 

   

Total

 

9

         
   

Total Credit Hours

 

92

Specialty Tracks

Students will have the opportunity to pursue one of three Clarkson OT Specialty Tracks of study, which will allow them to become immersed in advanced study in their area of interest.

  • Technology for Health Related Quality of Life Track: Students will become clinicians who can design and implement individual, organization and population based programs that leverage the promise of technology.
  • Occupational Therapist as an Educator Track: Academia [the role of occupational therapist as educator and member of an educational team] will be conceptualized as a unique practice setting. Students in this track will take the skills they learn in Foundations in Evidence Based Practice (OT 515) a step further, focusing on becoming practitioners of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Innovative Practitioner Track: Students will become clinicians who can design and implement individual, organization and population based programs in innovative practice to include but not limited to primary care practitioner, product designer or entrepreneur.

Fieldwork

All students are required to complete supervised fieldwork experiences as part of the Clarkson Occupational Therapy program. Fieldwork provides an opportunity to complement your academic preparation with the application of theory and course content to practice, to further develop and refine clinical skills, and to establish professional relationships with supervisors and future colleagues. Fieldwork consists of Level I placements after the first two semesters of instruction and Level II placements following the completion of all coursework. The student fieldwork manual and related information (i.e. fieldwork dates and site data) will be available to students through our Clarkson OT E-Value website, as well as the OT 700, 705 & 710 Moodle sites.  

Fieldwork experiences occur in sequence throughout our program and are designed to give the student the best learning opportunity. Students must participate in the fieldwork experiences in the appropriate sequence (refer to the curriculum). Students must complete all Level II fieldwork requirements within one year after completion of the academic coursework. If circumstances arise and a student needs to complete fieldwork outside of the one-year timeline, students can petition and the case will be reviewed by the faculty. Approval is needed to extend fieldwork placements.