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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Bridge Program at Middle Georgia State (MGA) University is designed to allow certified occupational therapy assistants to further their education by building upon their existing knowledge and experience. In the course of completing the MSOT degree, students will develop skills in occupational therapy theory, evaluation, evidence-based intervention, and program development with both individuals, groups, and populations, as well as the opportunity to develop and/or enhance skills in management and leadership.

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Bridge Program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Bridge Program at MGA has been granted Applicant status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301.652.AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org . The program must have a pre-accreditation review, be granted Candidacy Status, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for 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). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses (including Georgia) are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. More information about NBCOT® can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists make a difference in the lives of individuals by enabling them to be as independent as possible when physical, psychological, social, or environmental challenges prevent them from performing the everyday occupations (activities) that they find meaningful. Occupational therapists work with clients from newborn to older adults in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to:

  • Home
  • Community
  • Schools
  • Acute care hospitals
  • Inpatient rehabilitation facilities
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)
  • Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)
  • Community agencies/nonprofit organizations

Occupational therapists may also specialize in a variety of settings with further professional development/continuing education, including:

  • Driving rehabilitation
  • Hand therapy
  • Assistive technology
  • Work hardening/ergonomics
  • Sensory integration
  • Environmental modifications

Prerequisites

The following prerequisite courses are required to be completed prior to admission to the program.

Required

Suggested MGA Course*

Credit Hour

Statistics

Elementary Statistics (MATH 1200)

3

Sociology

Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 1101)

3

Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 3265)

3

Research Methods

Research Methods for Health Sciences (HLSA 3000)

3

TOTAL

12

*Equivalent transfer courses may be accepted upon review

Curriculum & Schedule

The program is a rigorous full-time two-year program (six sequential semesters), including fieldwork experiences, offered in a hybrid format (online, with at least monthly on-campus attendance). The 74-hour (not including prerequisites) curriculum includes coursework in three components: foundational knowledge, courses related to the occupational therapy process, and fieldwork experience.

Complete details and course requirements for the MSOT program will be available on the website by December 2021.  

Fast Facts:

  • Admission requirements:
    • Completed MGA application
    • GPA of 3.0 or above (overall and in prerequisite courses)
    • Statement of professional goals
    • Minimum of one year of work experience as a COTA
    • Current state license in good standing
    • Prerequisite courses completed with a “C” or better
    • Background check
  • Cohorts begin annually in the Fall semester
  • Classes offered in a hybrid online/weekend format
  • 6 sequential semesters
  • Final two semesters consist of two 12-week (total of 24 weeks) Level II Fieldwork experiences in a minimum of two different settings
  • All fieldwork must be completed within 18 months of completion of didactic portion of program
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree awarded by Middle Georgia State University

Faculty

Traci Swartz, OTD, OTR/L
Program Director
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Traci Swartz

Dr. Swartz received a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama – Birmingham (UAB) and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University. She has extensive clinical and administrative experience, including inpatient rehab, acute care, therapy in a residential setting for individuals with developmental disabilities, acute care, driving rehabilitation, and program development. She also has experience with international therapy, and spent a year assisting with further development of physical rehabilitation in Europe in the country of Georgia. Previously, she was founding Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Chattahoochee Technical College and a Research Scientist with Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA). Dr. Swartz has also served as a Roster of Accreditation Evaluator with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).