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Degree Requirements

Review the graduation requirements for our master's degree program. Our last class of students in this program entered in summer of 2018.

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.

Program Requirements and Licensure

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 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 specialty setting.

Key Questions for Students

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?
KU School of Health Professions

Occupational Therapy Education
KU Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd  MS2003
Kansas City, KS 66160
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