Master of Science in Occupational Therapy


Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Westbrook College of Health Professions (WCHP)


Kris Winston


UNE Occupational Therapy (OT) Mission is to develop innovative and collaborative OT practitioners and leaders who respond to the dynamic needs of people and communities to support health and wellness through occupational engagement. 


Our vision is to lead the profession in meeting society’s occupational needs by fostering excellence in occupational therapy teaching, scholarship, and service.

Program Description

Occupational therapy is a health profession whose practitioners work with persons, groups, and populations of all abilities across the lifespan. The goal of occupational therapy intervention is to increase the ability of those we work with to participate in everyday occupations that include activities we need and want to participate in such as, mealtimes, dressing, bathing, leisure, work, education, and social participation.

Occupational therapy practitioners work in a variety of settings some of which include hospitals, clinics, schools, rehabilitation centers, home care programs, community health centers, psychiatric facilities, and skilled nursing facilities. With experience, practitioners might function in private practice, as a university faculty member, in administration, as a researcher, or as a consultant.

The OT curriculum is designed to facilitate occupation-based, client-centered practice, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning. Courses emphasize life-long learning and professional responsibilities and help students become competent and compassionate practitioners. Workshops, lectures, intervention labs, small group classes, and fieldwork experiences help students apply and integrate practice grounded in theory.

The graduate OT program within the Westbrook College of Health Professions emphasizes inter-professional education among nursing, nurse anesthesia, athletic training, applied exercise science, physical therapy, social work, dental hygiene, physician assistant, pharmacy, public health, nutrition, health wellness, and occupational studies, dental, and osteopathic medical students.


Graduates of the program are eligible to take 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). NBCOT, Inc. 1 Bank Street, Suite 300 Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
Phone: (301) 990-7979

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Most states require licensure to practice. (State licensure requires NBCOT Certification Examination results). Eligibility for the National Certification Examination requires:

  • Master's degree, with a major in occupational therapy
  • Successful completion of an accredited occupational therapy curriculum
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 12 weeks of supervised fieldwork (Level II)

Curricular Requirements

Program Required Courses

Summer Credits
OTR 505 – Foundations in OT 3
OTR 520/520L – Functional Movement Analysis/Lab 4
OTR 531 – Health Conditions and Occupational Therapy 3
OTR 532 – Therapeutic Use of Self and Group Process 3
OTR 502 – Occupational Analysis 3
Subtotal 16
Fall Credits
OTR 521 – Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Mental Health & Wellness 3
OTR 521L – OT Interventions in Mental Health & Wellness (includes level I fieldwork) 2
OTR 528 – Fieldwork Seminar Mental Health 1
OTR 640 – Neuro-Occupation 3
OTR 650 – Leadership/Advocacy with Del Syst 3
OTR 628 – Research Methods & Design 3
Subtotal 15
Spring Credits
OTR 621 – Health Care Management & Delivery 3
OTR 611 – Biopsychosocial Dimensions of Children & Youth 3
OTR 611L – OT Interventions with Children & Youth (includes level I fieldwork) 2
OTR 610 – Integrative Practice with Children & Youth 3
OTR 619 – Evidence-Based Research Seminar 3
OTR 605 – Fieldwork Seminar Pediatrics 1
Subtotal 15
Summer Credits
OTR 527 – Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation in Adulthood 4
OTR 527L – OT Interventions in Adulthood 2
OTR 604 – Fieldwork Seminar RDP 1
OTR 606 – Occupational Engagement in Communities and Contexts 3
OTR 529 – Integrative Practice - Adults 2
OTR 630 – Essentials for Practice 3
Subtotal 15
Fall/Spring Credits
OTR 601 – Fieldwork IIA 6
OTR 602 – Fieldwork IIB 6
Subtotal 12

Fieldwork Experiences

Level I Fieldwork

Students complete Level I Fieldwork experiences as part of instructional courses, reinforcing course concepts. Students are supervised by qualified personnel, which may include occupational therapists, teachers, social workers, public health nurses, and physical therapists.

Level II Fieldwork

Emphasizes the application of knowledge by providing the student with in-depth experience in delivery of occupational therapy service to patients/clients. Students complete two full-time level II fieldwork experiences, each is 12 weeks long.

The expenses incurred for room and board during these internships, and travel to and from the fieldwork sites, are the responsibility of each student. Students may complete fieldwork at any approved location.

The requirements for Level II fieldwork include:

  • A minimum of 24 weeks, full time of Level II Fieldwork experience, preferably with at least 12 weeks on a full-time sustained basis
  • Completion of all fieldwork experience no later than 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the curriculum
  • Supervision provided by a licensed occupational therapist with at least one year of experience

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses prior to graduation and fulfill all curriculum requirements.

Academic and Technical Standards

WCHP Academic Policies

The Department of Occupational Therapy, the Westbrook College of Health Professions, and the University of New England are committed to offering a quality Occupational Therapy education program that complies with the evaluative criteria of the ACOTE (Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education). The program provides learning experiences to enable graduates to achieve the outcomes required for the practice of Occupational Therapy. Please refer to the WCHP Graduate Program Progression Policies and Procedures (PDF) for a detailed description of academic standards.

M.S.O.T. Technical Standards

Technical Standards for Occupational Therapy Program

The following abilities and skills are necessary to engage in the Occupational Therapy department at the University of New England: 

  • Cognitive abilities to analyze, synthesize, and integrate information related to anatomy, physiology, human development, psychology, sociology, kinesiology, and occupational studies in order to make clinical judgments for planning and implementing effective occupation-based interventions.
  • Critical thinking and judgment that promotes safety, optimal occupational performance, remediation, and adaptation.
  • Time management and organizational skills to meet demands of classroom and practice environment.
  • Interpersonal skills that include participating in classroom discussion, conducting interviews, observing body language, listening, responding, collaborative goal setting, and developing intentional relationships.
  • Evaluation of the performance of self and others and making adjustments in behavior or promoting behavioral change in others to enhance occupational performance.
  • Communication skills to develop positive client relationships, complete written documentation consistent with OT practice, and participate as a health care team member.
  • Physical abilities to perform physical examinations, such as balance, range of motion, and strength, and to accurately, safely, and efficiently use assessment tools, equipment, and other materials during occupational therapy intervention.
  • Emotional stability to handle the demands of a practice environment. This includes acting in a professional manner, being dependable, meeting commitments, and being forthcoming about one’s own needs.
  • Ability to maintain personal appearance and hygiene conducive to working in clinical and community settings.

Learning Outcomes

Through the transformative power of occupation, UNE OT graduates collaborate with people and communities to navigate a journey toward health and wellness.

Upon completion of the Occupational Therapy program, students will demonstrate the following outcomes:

Leadership and Advocacy

  • Advocate for access to occupations that support health and wellness.
  • Demonstrate everyday leadership that equips others to navigate the journey to health and wellness through the transformative power of occupation.
  • Develop as leaders who model the way to health and wellness through the transformative power of occupation.


  • Effectively demonstrate professionalism to communicate and collaborate in team-based care for client-centered practice.
  • Cultivate relationships to facilitate health and wellness.
  • Demonstrate communication that is flexible and responsive to contextual demands.

Community and Context

  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and assess characteristics of community (comprised of individuals, groups, and populations that are complex, multifaceted, and layered with meaning) and context (factors such as culture, physical environment, personal interests, rituals, routines, spirituality, roles) to collaboratively find solutions to occupational challenges and to support occupational engagement and participation.
  • Value the characteristics of community and context as they influence occupation due to the symbiotic, dynamic, and complex relationship with the nature of the occupation.
  • Support occupational engagement and participation by recognizing and assessing the characteristics of communities and contexts.


  • Collaborate with individuals, groups, populations, and communities to implement creative solutions to occupational challenges.
  • Integrate creative resources and strategies to shape thinking that will move people and communities toward health and wellness through occupational engagement.
  • Demonstrate the resourcefulness to keep occupation at the center of academic and practice-related learning.

Evidence-based Practice and Scholarly Inquiry

  • Integrate all levels of evidence to create, inform, and support occupation-centered practice encompassing (or throughout) the entire OT process.
  • Embrace a culture of scholarly inquiry that addresses gaps in knowledge and promotes best practices and lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate excellence in written and verbal communication to disseminate new ideas, knowledge, and skills that inform and guide practice.


  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how participation and engagement in occupation creates a sense of meaning and in turn influences health and wellness.
  • Demonstrate awareness that meaning is a dynamic process that occurs throughout day-to-day occupations across the lifespan.
  • Discern meaning as it relates to each individual, population, group, and community.

Transfer Credit

  • Transfer credits are rarely awarded to students who transfer from another Occupational Therapy program
  • Transfer credits will be reviewed and awarded on a case-by-case basis

Advanced Standing

  • No advanced standing available

Experiential Learning

  • No credit awarded for experiential learning


Admissions Requirements


The University of New England Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program participates in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). All applicants are required to apply online through this service.

Degree Requirement
GPA Requirement
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is preferred, as calculated by OTCAS (inclusive of all coursework taken with no forgiveness for retakes).
  • A minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is preferred, as calculated by UNE using the highest grade received for repeated coursework; calculated using the OTCAS universal computation scale for quality points.
  • Last 60 credit hour GPA is also considered during application review.
Prerequisite Coursework Requirements
Course Subject Course Details Course Credits
Anatomy & Physiology I or Human Anatomy
  • Lab Required
4 semester or 6 quarter credits

Anatomy & Physiology II or Human Physiology

  • Lab Required
4 semester or 6 quarter credits
  • College-level science course with lab is required to fulfill this requirement.
  • Any course subject listed in the attached UNE OT Subject List (PDF) is acceptable to fulfill this requirement. Survey courses will not satisfy this requirement.
3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
  • Biology, Math, or Psychology-based statistics are all acceptable to fulfill this requirement.
3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
Introduction to Psychology
  • College-level course is required.
3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
Abnormal Psychology
  • College-level course is required.
3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
Human Development
  • Human Development course that covers the entire lifespan is required to fulfill this requirement.
  • Course must cover the entire lifespan from birth to death. Applicants wishing to use Developmental Psychology to fulfill this prerequisite must contact the program for approval prior to application submission.
3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
Social Science
  • Sociology is acceptable to fulfill this requirement.
  • Anthropology is acceptable to fulfill this requirement.
  • Acceptable courses should be focused on the study of society, human interactions/relationships, the structure and function of social institutions or organized groups, and culture.
3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
  • English Composition is acceptable to fulfill this requirement.
  • This requirement can also be met by taking a course identified as a Writing-Intensive. Please note that if a writing-intensive course is being used to satisfy this requirement, the course description must clearly indicate that it is considered a writing-intensive course.
3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits
Other Important Prerequisite Coursework Considerations
  • Courses in or familiarity with Medical Terminology, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, and APA 7th Edition formatting are not required but highly recommended.
  • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C minus” grades not acceptable).
  • All science prerequisite coursework must be completed no more than seven (7) years prior to UNE’s OTCAS application deadline.
  • A maximum of 6 Advanced Placement (AP) or equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB) credits may be accepted as a substitute for Introduction to Psychology and English Composition prerequisite courses only.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Prerequisite coursework may be in-progress or planned at the time of application.
  • Official transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the summer/fall term should be submitted and verified by OTCAS during the Academic Update period.
  • Official transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed after the Academic Update period should be submitted directly to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • All planned or in-progress prerequisite coursework must be listed on the OTCAS application at the time of application submission. Not doing so may lead to the applicant being deemed ineligible for admission review.
  • Online courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites as well as online courses from other regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities may be acceptable (with program approval).
Standardized Tests

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission.

Letters of Evaluation

Two (2) letters of evaluation are required*, submitted via OTCAS.

  • Letters should come from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s academic abilities and/or professional experiences.

*Letters from friends or family members are not permitted.

Observation Hours
  • Volunteer, shadowing, and/or work experience in a health or human services-related setting is not required, but it is highly recommended.
  • All hours should be documented within the OTCAS application.
Personal Statement
  • Please refer to the OTCAS application for specific writing prompts and additional information.
  • Interviews are required as part of the application process.
  • Qualified applicants will be invited to interview via email. All interviews are completed through the Kira Talent virtual assessment platform.
  • Although applicants are not required to physically come to campus during the application process, campus visits are welcome and available by appointment. Please reach out to the Office of Graduate Admissions via email for additional information.
International Applicants

International applicants and those with foreign degrees and coursework are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • Official credential evaluation by World Education Service (WES), confirming degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. The completed credential evaluation should be submitted directly to OTCAS. Please refer to the International Admissions section of the UNE website for more information on the type of credential evaluation required for admission review.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate written and spoken fluency through the successful completion of a UNE-approved English language proficiency test.
  • Applicants should refer to the English Language Proficiency page on the UNE website for specific information, minimum score requirements, and test score submission instructions.
Other Requirements

Prior to starting the program, all entering students will be required to complete the following compliance requirements:

  • All outstanding documents, including official transcripts and baccalaureate degree conferral via an official transcript, must be submitted to the UNE Office of Graduate Admission prior to the start of the program.
  • Completion of a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status. Please refer to UNE’s Student Health Center for detailed information.
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen prior to matriculation, as well as periodically throughout the program (as required by clinical affiliations).
  • All students must have the ability to meet the Academic and Technical Standards of the Occupational Therapy profession.

All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and other supporting materials.

Policy Exceptions

  • Policies have been established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants to the university and its programs.
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum and/or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements.
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates.

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2023–2024 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of the date of publication April 28, 2023.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.