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Program Overview

The entry-level MSOT program prepares students to become qualified occupational therapists.  The curriculum focuses on a student-centric approach that welcomes diversity and produces excellence in critical thinking with an overarching focus on creativity, ethical decision-making, and social responsibility in occupation-centered practice, resulting in the promotion of health and well-being for a diverse society.

The didactic portion of the curriculum will prepare students to be scholars of practice using practical
applications from casework, simulated case studies, and the experiential component of Level I Fieldwork. Level I and Level II Fieldwork will both require the student to integrate the curricular threads of occupation-based practice and ethical decision-making for the promotion of health and well-being for individuals, communities, and populations.

The didactic portion of this program includes four consecutive semesters of primarily on-campus coursework (over 18 months) with integrated Level I fieldwork experiences. This is followed by 2 twelve week (24 weeks full-time) Level II fieldwork placements. The total time in the program is 24 months.

Beginning with the Spring semester, every student will participate in Level I Fieldwork for 3 out of four semesters. The purpose of Level I Fieldwork is to provide students with practical knowledge of practice settings and populations served in the Grand Junction area. Students will have the opportunity to debrief their fieldwork experience with faculty and peers each semester while enrolled in Level I Fieldwork Seminar.

The MSOT program begins in the Spring semester and courses are sequential. There are no options for a Fall semester entrance into the program. Students must complete Level II Fieldwork within 12 months following completion of the didactic portion of the curriculum.