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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Course Description

The Occupational Therapy Program offers opportunities for in- depth study of, and clinical experiences with, clients of all ages who have limited capacity to perform to their expectations in their everyday lives or are at risk of developing a limiting condition. The program is accredited by the American Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The goal of occupational therapy is to assist individuals to achieve their maximum level of independent living and quality of life through remediation of, adaptation to, or prevention of physical, cognitive, perceptual or mental health functional limitations. Occupational therapy utilizes the consultative process in addition to direct intervention and works with populations and systems as well as individuals.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Post-Baccalaureate

We want to thank you for your interest in Gannon University and our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy 3-year master's degree. One of the attractive features of Gannon's OT program is that it offers a 5-year master's degree that allows students to enter at the freshmen level and complete the Master of Science in OT. Given the overwhelming response to our 5-year option, we are not anticipating any available seats in OT 3-year master's degree program for the next academic year.

Gannon University does welcome you to consider applying for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program in Ruskin, Fla. This program is a post-baccalaureate program. Please note that that there is no difference in the pre-requisites for the Masters OT program and the entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. For more information regarding the OTD program please visit http://www.gannon.edu/otd or contact Dr. John Connelly, OTD Program Director at 814-860-6170 or

Program Outcomes

The goals of the Occupational Therapy program reflect the missions of the university, college, and program. In essence, these are to educate self-directed students who, upon graduation, will become quality professionals, contribute to the body of knowledge of the profession and provide leadership for the profession and society. This will be accomplished through incorporation of the liberal studies component of the student’s bachelor’s degree into graduate, professional education in Occupational Therapy. Accordingly,the goals of the program are to:

- Develop quality entry-level occupational therapists whose practice is guided by occupational science and clinical reasoning;
- Create life-long learners who will contribute to the body of knowledge of the profession;
- Foster student attitudes and professional behaviors consistent with the missions of the university, college and program;
- Assist the student to develop the skills necessary to provide leadership roles in the profession and society;
- Provide students with the skills and problem-solving abilities to adapt and respond proactively to a changing health care system and society;
- Provide professional resources, services, leadership and scholarship to the profession and community;
- Foster an academic community in which its members participate actively in the development of self and society.

Visit the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy page on the Gannon University website for more details!

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