Curriculum

The Master of Occupational Therapy degree program at KU is a full-time, three-year course of study at the graduate level and includes academic, practicum, and fieldwork preparation. The program has been designed to provide students with skills necessary to work as an entry-level occupational therapist in a range of possible settings. Practicum and fieldwork experiences are offered throughout the Kansas City community, the state of Kansas and, in some cases, in states other than Kansas.

The National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy administers a national certification examination to graduates of accredited entry-level programs. All states require licensure or registration to practice; initial certification is obtained by completing the nationally administered, standardized examination. Students are eligible to take the national certification exam after completion of all program requirements.

Degree requirements:

  • Degree requirements are normally completed within 3 years of admission to the program.
  • Cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.0 for all KU graduate course work.
  • Successful completion of a minimum 83 credit hours.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour the semester the student will graduate.
  • Must maintain current, valid CPR status throughout the duration of the program. CPR certification must be the Healthcare Provider designation covering the entire lifespan (infant, child, and adult) and from the American Heart Association.
  • Successful completion of all courses.
  • At some point during the program, each student must complete a 3-credit (minimum) required elective which is included in the total above. This is intended as an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and exposure to other professions, skills, or areas of expertise.
  • Students have the option to pursue faculty-sponsored special projects in addition to the required coursework, by enrolling in OCTH 680 Independent Study.
  • Students are required to complete two level II fieldwork experiences. Enrollment in the OCTH 780 Elective Level II Fieldwork course is an opportunity for students to do an optional, third fieldwork in a speciality setting.

Program Philosophy
We believe in the following principles:

  • People learn through supported discovery and reflection

  • People have the right and capacity to direct their own lives

  • Quality of life depends on engagement in occupation

  • People’s characteristics are strengths which support participation in everyday life

  • Participation in everyday life involves interaction between the person, task, and context

  • Adjustments to context and activities support participation in occupations in everyday life

  • Best practice promotes participation in authentic contexts

  • Best practice entails producing and using evidence

  • Interprofessional collaboration enriches education and practice

Key Questions

Student outcomes are measured by these 10 key questions. An oral exam of these questions is given at the end of the first year of study and again as a graduation requirement at the end of the third year.

  1. How does engagement in occupation influence health and quality of life?

  2. How do occupational therapists make unique contributions?

  3. How is my practice guided by principles of a given theory or model?

  4. How do you plan and implement evaluation through the occupational therapy process?

  5. How do you establish and maintain a person-centered approach?

  6. How do you take responsibility for situating your practice in the person’s authentic contexts?

  7. How does professional reasoning guide practice? 

  8. How do you select interventions to support participation in daily life?

  9. How does evidence support your practice?

  10. How do you develop and demonstrate professional competence throughout your career?


OCTH 601 Human Anatomy 6
OCTH 602 Orientation to the Occupational Therapy Profession 3
OCTH 605 Theory and Practice in Occupational Therapy 2
OCTH 622 Analysis and Adaptations of Occupations - I 4
OCTH 630 Practicum - I 2
OCTH 635 Lifespan Development from an Occupational Perspective 4
OCTH 645 Contexts of Occupation 2
OCTH 655 Neuroscience Analysis of Occupational Performance 3
OCTH 662 Physical Considerations in Facilitating Occupational Performance 4
OCTH 670 Practicum - II 2
OCTH 672 Psychiatric Considerations in Facilitating Occupational Performance 3
OCTH 682 Analysis and Adaptation of Occupations - II 2
OCTH 690 Evaluation and Assessment of Occupational Performance 2
OCTH 704 Planning and Intervention in Occupational Therapy 2
OCTH 710 Service Management: Delivery Systems 1
OCTH 720 Occupational Therapy Practice Models 7
OCTH 725 The Research Process 1
OCTH 730 Practicum III 2
OCTH 750 Case-Based Clinical Reasoning 2
OCTH 755 Issues and Trends Seminar 1
OCTH 760 Professional Development and Leadership in Service Management 3
OCTH 765 Family and Community Service Systems 2
OCTH 770 Level II Fieldwork, Part 1 6
OCTH 775 Level II Fieldwork, Part 2 6
OCTH 776 Population-Based Clinical Reasoning 3
OCTH 783 Evidence-Based Practice 2
OCTH 790 Research Practicum and Professional Writing 3
Required elective course 3
Total Hours 83
Last modified: Mar 17, 2017

Application window:
Application materials are accepted Aug. 1–Dec. 1 for the class entering the program the following summer. All application materials must be received by December 1 for an application to be complete and qualified for review.

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