M.S. in Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a dynamic health care profession that can provide you with a personally satisfying career. Being competent, creative, caring, and compassionate is part of the everyday work experience for occupational therapists who strive to help others live productive and meaningful lives when injury, illness, or impairment threatens independence and quality of life.


About the Program

The Stockton University Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program is a two and one-half year entry-level professional program. It includes four semesters of course work, one short summer session, and two three-month Level II fieldwork rotations that must be completed within 24 months following completion of academic work to comply with current New Jersey licensure regulation. 

If you are interested in a career in occupational therapy, the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at Stockton University has many distinct advantages.

  • Affordability
    • Highly Affordable Tuition
    • Graduate Assistantships & financial aid available
  • The Faculty and Curriculum
    • Dedicated faculty representing expertise in a variety of clinical practice areas
    • Faculty-student ratio provides individualized attention and learning opportunities
    • Innovative curriculum including case-based learning and service learning
    • Variety of clinical training experiences available
  • The Campus and the Resources
    • New, state-of-the-art electronic classroom facilities
    • Extensive collection of occupational therapy resources to enhance academic achievement
    • Beautiful, scenic campus

To view comprehensive information about the MSOT program, including applicant information, mission, philosophy, and goals, the curriculum, continuation in the program, and graduation please visit the Stockton Bulletin.

To see the performance of our graduates on the NBCOT exam, please visit the following link: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Sincerely,

Kimberly A. Furphy, DHSc, OTR, ATP
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Coordinator of the M.S. in Occupational Therapy Program
D.H.Sc. (University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences)


Mission of the Occupational Therapy Program

The mission of the Occupational Therapy Program at Stockton University is to help our students become competent and caring practitioners and lifelong learners. We are committed to helping our students develop the capacity for continuous learning based on the belief that human beings learn and acquire knowledge as unique individuals who engage in the educational process through personally held values, interests, and beliefs as well as individual drives to participate in desired occupations.

Learning occurs in a variety of curricular and co-curricular contexts/environments and requires the integration of cognitive, motor, perceptual, social, and sensory skills so individuals are prepared to apply knowledge in the dynamic environments of a diverse and multicultural society. The Program recognizes the diverse needs of students and faculty in learning the process and utilizes various pedagogical methodologies, including the use of technology and interprofessional educational experiences, to develop critical thinking and problem-solving, resourcefulness, scholarship, creativity, and intellectual achievement. Students emerge with integrated knowledge and skills to provide client centered, occupation-based, holistic occupational therapy services and understand the need to engage in lifelong learning.

The Occupational Therapy Program at Stockton University is also committed to the development of southern New Jersey through research and community service.


Philosophy of the Occupational Therapy Program

The philosophy of the Occupational Therapy Program at Stockton University is based on the philosophy of the profession as well as an articulated approach to human beings and how they learn based on the philosophy of occupational therapy education (AOTA, 2014).

The Occupational Therapy Program at Stockton University is based on the philosophy of the profession that describes occupation as the uniquely personal and meaningful activities that provide clients with a sense of personal identity and support participation in a variety of contexts/environments. Occupation is expressed uniquely in clients across the lifespan, along a developmental continuum, and within varied contexts. Occupational therapy is a profession that understands the primary importance of occupation in allowing clients to be productive, satisfied, and contributing members of society. When clients are prevented from participating in occupations due to biological, psychological, societal, or other environmental factors, dysfunction may occur. Occupation is utilized by the occupational therapist for both intrinsic and therapeutic purposes. Occupational therapists' understanding of the restorative, normalizing, and life-enhancing role of occupation enable clients to engage in occupation to support participation in context(s) (AOTA, 2017).

American Occupational Therapy Association (2014). Philosophy of occupational therapy education. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(Suppl. 3), 6913410052. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.696S17

American Occupational Therapy Association (2017). Philosophical base of occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(Suppl. 2), 7112410045. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2017.716S06

Accreditation

Occupational Therapy is a health care profession that uses the purposeful activity to achieve functional outcomes that promote health, prevent injury or disability, and develop, improve, sustain, or restore the highest possible level of independence. Occupational therapists may choose to work in a variety of settings including acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, mental health facilities, managed care environments, home health agencies, nursing homes, public and private schools, industry, correctional facilities, private practice, and community-based wellness programs.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449. ACTOE's telephone number (301) 652-2682. The ACTOE website can be found at: http://www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program are 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, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses 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.]

The focus of the profession is the facilitation of human responses to functional problems that may interfere with skill acquisition, demonstration of performance, or pursuit of life roles and/or meaningful living. The curriculum embraces a case-based approach to learning and a client-centered approach to problem solving. The program is dedicated to educating therapists capable of providing therapeutic and humanistic care to promote health and well-being and to promote positive relationships between individuals, communities, and their environments.

Curriculum Design

The process of learning is conceptualized in the curriculum as a sequential and developmental progression where learning occurs through a spiraling curriculum of knowledge construction and reconstruction. This involves learning about human occupation and development across the lifespan within the contexts following a developmental curriculum. Students learn foundational concepts and continue to build upon this knowledge to develop more advanced and complex skills.

Threads in Curriculum

  1. Foundational Knowledge
  2. Practice Skills
  3. Research
  4. OT Evaluation Across the Lifespan
  5. OT Intervention Across the Lifespan
  6. Professional Skills

Levels of the Curriculum

  1. Entrance with undergraduate knowledge and life experiences
  2. Understanding the foundational knowledge of occupational therapy
  3. Competency in clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, research and interprofessional practice
  4. Advanced problem-solving skills
  5. Integration of knowledge and entry-level application to practice
  6. Application of knowledge and skills to provide client-centered, occupation-based, culturally relevant occupational therapy services.

Stockton Occupational Therapy Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from Stockton University's Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program will possess expected professional behaviors of an entry-level occupational therapist as demonstrated by the following learning outcomes (numbers in parentheses refer to threads listed above)

  • Demonstration of professional skills based on an understanding of the profession's ethics, practice framework, safety regulation, and standards of practice. (1,6)
  • Effective articulation and utilization of occupation with individuals across the lifespan. (2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Understanding of Occupational Therapy's history, philosophy, theoretical base, models of practice and frames of reference. (1)
  • The ability to evaluate a client's occupationally relevant strengths and needs in occupations, performance skills, performance patterns, contexts, activity demands, and client factors to achieve health, well-being, and participation in life through engagement in occupations. (4)
  • The ability to provide occupationally-based, evidence-based, and client-centered intervention. (2, 3, 5)
  • Utilization of clinical reasoning that demonstrates problem solving, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, integration of knowledge, evidence-based practice, self-initiative and independent thought. (3, 4, 5)
  • Understanding of the changing health care environment with a commitment to lifelong learning that will allow the provision of therapeutic and humanistic care to promote health and well-being as evidenced in the ability to organize and manage OT services. (3, 6)
  • Utilization of effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Utilization of appropriate professional and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, caregivers and colleagues. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Utilization of knowledge pertaining to cultural, political, and economic differences when working as a member of an interprofessional team, in the role of supervisor, and in the client-therapist relationship. (6)
  • Demonstration of entry-level research and presentation skills. (3)
  • Competent use of technology for gathering and processing information. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Success in achieving personal satisfaction as an employed entry-level occupational therapist. (6)
  • Satisfaction with educational experience gained at Stockton. (6)

MSOT Curriculum - 80 credits (For students matriculating prior to Fall 2018)

Year 1- Fall (18 credits total)
Year 1- Spring (18 credits total)

OCTH 5100 Science of Occupation (4 credits)

OCTH 5110 Foundations of Motor Performance (4 credits)

OCTH 5120 Clinical Conditions: Physical (4 credits)

OCTH 5121 Clinical Conditions:  Psychosocial (4 credits)

OCTH 5130 OT Practice Skills I (2 credits)

OCTH 5131 OT Practice Skills II (2 credits)

OCTH 5140 Evaluation of Occupational Performance in Pediatrics* (4 credits)

OCTH 5141 Pediatric OT intervention (4 credits)

OCTH 5150 OT in Mental Health (4 credits)

OCTH 5160 Research Methodologies (4 credits)

Year 1- Summer (2 credits total)
OCTH 5170 Advanced Adaptations and Assistive Technology (2 credits)
Year 2- Fall (18 credits total)
Year 2- Spring (18 credits total)

OCTH 6100 Evaluation of Occupation Performance in Adults* (4 credits)

OCTH 6110 Adult OT Intervention (4 credits)

OCTH 6120 Clinical Neuroscience (4 credits)

OCTH 6130 OT Practice Skills III (2 credits)

OCTH 6160 Research Seminar* (4 credits)

OCTH 6131 OT Practice Skills IV (2 credits)

OCTH 6140 Evaluation of Occupational Performance in Older Adults* (4 credits)

OCTH 6141 Older Adults OT Intervention (4 credits)

OCTH 6161 Research Synthesis Project* (4 credits)

OCTH 6170 Professional Issues (4 credits)

Year 2- Summer (3 credits total)

OCTH 6910-001 Fieldwork Level II (3 credits)
Year 3- Fall (3 credits total)
OCTH 6910-002 Fieldwork Level II (3 credits)

*Indicates Fieldwork Level I

For course descriptions, please visit the University's Course Catalog.


MSOT Curriculum - 80 credits (For students matriculating in Fall 2018)

Year 1- Fall (18 credits total)
Year 1- Spring (20 credits total)

OCTH 5100 Science of Occupation (4 credits)

OCTH 5110 Foundations of Motor Performance (4 credits)

OCTH 5120 Clinical Conditions: Physical (4 credits)

OCTH 5121 Clinical Conditions:  Psychosocial (4 credits)

OCTH 5130 OT Group Process and Leadership (2 credits)

OCTH 5131 Functional Neuroscience (4 credits)

OCTH 5140 Evaluation of Occupational Performance in Pediatrics* (4 credits)

OCTH 5141 Pediatric OT intervention (4 credits)

OCTH 5150 OT in Mental Health (4 credits)

OCTH 5160 Research Methodologies (4 credits)

Year 1- Summer (2 credits total)
OCTH 5170 Occupation Based Activity Analysis (2 credits)
Year 2- Fall (16 credits total)
Year 2- Spring (18 credits total)

OCTH 6100 Evaluation of Occupation Performance in Adults* (4 credits)

OCTH 6110 Adult OT Intervention (4 credits)

OCTH 6120 Advanced Adaptations and Assistive Technology (2 credits)

OCTH 6130 Foundations of General Practice (2 credits)

OCTH 6160 Clinical Research* (4 credits)

OCTH 6131 Orthotics and Physical Agent Modalities (2 credits)

OCTH 6140 Evaluation of Occupational Performance in Older Adults* (4 credits)

OCTH 6141 Older Adults OT Intervention (4 credits)

OCTH 6161 Clinical Research II* (4 credits)

OCTH 6170 Professional Issues (4 credits)

Year 2- Summer (3 credits total)

OCTH 6910-001 Fieldwork Level II (3 credits)
Year 3- Fall (3 credits total)
OCTH 6910-002 Fieldwork Level II (3 credits)

*Indicates Fieldwork Level I

For course descriptions, please visit the University's Course Catalog.

To remain in the program, students are expected to complete every course and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. If a student's cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0, the student will be notified of academic probationary status. The student will be granted no more than one probationary semester throughout the graduate program. Any student earning a D+ or below in a class will be required to repeat the class or will be dismissed from the program (GPA and potential to raise GPA in probationary semester will dictate this). Repeating a class will alter the sequence of the duration of the program. Depending on the timeline necessary for completing probationary requirements, graduation may be delayed. There may be the instance when a student cannot mathematically improve their GPA of 3.0 in one semester (i.e. probationary semester is during fieldwork level II semester when 3 credit FW experience occurs and GPA is too low to recover). In this instance, the student will be dismissed from the program. Also, a grade below a B- for three courses will warrant a dismissal from the program. Successful completion of all fieldwork experiences is a requirement for graduation. If a student fails 2 FW II experiences, they will be dismissed from the program.

MSOT Program Fieldwork

The American Occupational Therapy Association's document entitled The Standards for an Accredited Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist governs the length and type of clinical training required of students to receive the appropriate amount and type of clinical experiences needed to meet these Standards. These clinical training experiences may also be referred to as clinical affiliations and fieldwork and will occur in varied locations where occupational therapy services are provided or in community settings where an occupational therapy role is not yet established. In some cases, students will have the opportunity to learn in role-emerging practice areas to help identify where occupational therapists can improve health and well-being of a wider-range of people. The two different types of mandated fieldwork integrated into your academic experience at Stockton are level I and level II fieldwork. During level I fieldwork, students observe and may participate in the delivery of the occupational therapy services. Level II fieldwork begins after completion of the academic portion of the MSOT program. In the level II fieldwork, students gradually assume responsibility for client services at their fieldwork site under the supervision or support of a licensed practitioner.

At Stockton, level I fieldwork occurs in conjunction with specified courses and begins in the second semester of study. Level I fieldwork involves 10 weekly experiences at a fieldwork site that relates to the course of study emphasized each semester. As an example, when studying occupational therapy as applied to children, students will go once a week to various locations where occupational therapy is provided to children or is being developed for children. In this manner, level I fieldwork provides students with the opportunity to correlate academic learning with practice-based experience.

At Stockton, level II fieldwork occurs after successful completion of all required academic coursework. Each student will be assigned two different level II fieldwork experiences. The length of each level II fieldwork affiliation is typically 12 weeks of full-time clinical experience. Participation in level II fieldwork is contingent upon sever factors including, but not limited to, student preparation, clinical site availability and suitability for clinical skill development. The general intent of level II fieldwork is to provide the broadest exposure to the field of occupational therapy with experiences across the lifespan and in a variety of settings or treatment models. Participation in level II fieldwork is designed to include experience in a traditional medical setting and a community-based setting where psychosocial, developmental, and physical disability evaluation and intervention occur. In addition, to the mandated level I and II fieldwork experiences, the Stockton MSOT program provides additional clinical experiences and community-based student learning experiences throughout the academic program. Given usual circumstances, failure to complete all Level II Fieldwork requirements with 24 months of completing academic coursework will result in dismissal from the program, except in circumstances including military deployment or other circumstances that are permitted by the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs.

Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline

Fall 2019: Verified by November 17, 2018

Prerequisite Requirements

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree
  • Cumulative 3.2 GPA or higher
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework with a grade "B-" or better
Prerequisite Courses- Must be completed with a "B-" or better. The Stockton course acronym and number that corresponds with the pre-requisite is provided for Stockton students. To view a list of all acceptable courses from New Jersey institutions of Higher Education, please click here.

Anatomy & Physiology: Two semesters are required; at least one semester must have a lab. The B- must be obtained in the lecture portion if the lecture and lab are given separate grades. Choose an option.

Option 1: Anatomy and Physiology I for Health Sciences with a lab: BIOL1260 and Anatomy and Physiology II for Health Sciences with a lab BIOL 2260

Option 2: Human Anatomy with Lab (BIOL 2180/2185) and Principles of Physiology (BIOL 2150/2151)

***Beginning in the Fall 2020 application cycle (deadline in November of 2019), the anatomy courses MUST be completed within 4 years of application to the program.

Introduction to Psychology/ General Psychology (PSYC 1100)- MUST BE THE INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY COURSE. We WILL NOT accept higher level courses as substitutions.

Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 2211)

Life Span Development (Human Development or Development Psychology across the Life Span) or Human Behavior in the Social Environment (PSYCH 3322 or SOWK 1103). To meet this requirement, the course (or courses) must cover all stages of life span (infants through geriatrics) and various areas of development (cognitive, physical, and social).

Introduction to Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology (ANTH 1100 or SOCY 1100)- MUST BE THE INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY OR SOCIOLOGY COURSE. We WILL NOT accept higher level courses as substitutions.

Statistics or Applied Biostatistics (CSIS 1206 or HLTH 2305 or PSYC 2241 or PUBH 2330 or PUBH 2310) To meet this requirement, the course must cover statistical methods primarily and not research methods or simple math.

Please note that we no longer accept CLEP scores for pre-requisites for the MSOT program.

For course descriptions, please visit The University's Course Catalog.

Application Process

The application process into Stockton MSOT program is two-fold. You must submit an application through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System (OTCAS) as well as through Stockton's Online Supplemental CAS Application. Your OTCAS application must be verified by or prior to November 17th.

I. OTCAS Application - Available mid July 2018

Your application to OTCAS must include:

  • Official Transcripts from all schools attended (including Stockton)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay, resume, and any other additional information
  • For more details about this process, visit the OTCAS Instructions and FAQ page.

II. Stockton Online Supplemental CAS Application - Available in September 2018

Your Stockton Online Supplemental CAS Application must include:

Frequently Asked Questions

The Stockton University Master of Science of Occupational Therapy Program is a two and one-half year entry-level professional program. It includes four semesters of course work, one short summer session, and two three-month Level II fieldwork rotations that must be completed within the 24 months following the completion of the academic work to comply with New Jersey licensure regulation.

No, the MSOT program is a full-time, on site program. Classes occur during the week. Most days students are in class from 8:30-5:30 with a break for lunch. 

To matriculate into the MSOT program, you must already have a Bachelor's degree. However, students may apply in the final semesters before receiving a Bachelor's degree.

No, as long as  you have completed the prerequisite requirements any Bachelor's degree may be considered.  To view the list of prerequisite courses, please click on the "Admissions Criteria" tab at the top of this page. 

No specific degree will increase your chances of being accepted into the program.
No, students applying to Stockton's MSOT Program are not required to submit GRE or any other test scores. However, applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or proof of successful completion of a recognized English as a Second Language (ESL) course.
No, Stockton does not have an undergraduate program in occupational therapy. As of January 2007, entry into the professional level of occupational therapy practice requires a post baccalaureate degree. Therefore, the occupational therapy program (MSOT) is an entry-level master's degree program specifically designed any person who has an undergraduate degree. For those students considering what type of Bachelor's degree to pursue, some degrees offered at Stockton may be helpful in your career as an occupational therapist. Those majors that have coursework conducive to completing the required prerequisites include: psychology, biology, public health, health sciences, or other related fields.
No, since there is no undergraduate program in Occupational Therapy, this is not possible. However, you may transfer to Stockton to complete your undergraduate degree with the intention of applying to the MSOT program.
Because Stockton is a public institution in the State of New Jersey higher education system, some additional consideration is given to residents of New Jersey and graduates of Stockton University. The number of out of state applicants and non-Stockton graduate applicants who are invited to an interview is somewhat dependent upon the number of New Jersey residents and Stockton graduates who apply in a given application cycle. This number varies with each application cycle. However, residing in New Jersey and/or graduating from Stockton does not guarantee admission to the Stockton MSOT Program. We routinely accept out of state applicants and graduates of other colleges and universities.
No. The 3.2 cumulative GPA is required for application to the MSOT program. If your cumulative GPA is less than a 3.2 at the time of the application deadline, you should not apply to the MSOT program as your application will not be considered. 
Prior to admission to the program, prerequisite courses must be completed. Students applying to the MSOT program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better based on a 4.0 scale. The Stockton course acronym and number that corresponds with the prerequisite is provided for Stockton students.  To view the list of prerequisite courses, please click on the "Admissions Criteria" tab at the top of this page.  Click here to download a list of acceptable courses from NJ institutions of higher education.
Yes, as long as the prerequisite course was a credit bearing course and a grade of B- or better was earned.
Yes, as long as you intend to retake the course in which the grade is less than a B- and receive a B- grade prior to August 31 of the term you are applying. However, having all prerequisite courses with a grade of B- or better results in stronger application.
Documentation of 40 hours of observation/volunteer/work or other community service in a variety of occupational therapy settings with clients of different ages and diagnoses is required. Hours must be submitted on the Volunteer/Paid Work/Clinical Hours Verification Form and must be uploaded directly through your Discover Stockton Application under the supplemental items section. Please submit only 1 document per setting that indicates the cumulative hours you completed in that setting.

No, all observations MUST be done specifically with an Occupational Therapist. In addition, the Volunteer/Paid Work/Clinical Hours Verification Form MUST be signed by the Occupational Therapist who you observed.

No, but it is a good idea to complete at least some of your observation as the MSOT faculty want to ensure that individuals applying to the MSOT program understand what Occupational Therapists do. Completion of all clinical hours at the time of application may result in a stronger file, but we have routinely accepted individuals into the program who have observation hours to complete at the time of acceptance.
No, applicants are required to find their own places to complete their observations. Most applicants observe in rehabilitation hospitals, hand therapy centers, assisted living facilities, schools, and hospitals in their own communities. It is best to contact the Occupational Therapy program or the volunteer office at the facility to find out the process required. Note: The MSOT Program does not provide individuals with letters to confirm that the observation hours are required for application to the MSOT Program. Applicants are asked to direct the facilities to the MSOT Program Website and/or read the Volunteer/Paid Work/Clinical Hours Verification Form as proof of this requirement.

Your letter of recommendation must be completed by individuals who can attest to your academic excellence and/or work and volunteer experience and skills. Three letters of recommendation (quantitative form is required, narrative in addition to quantitative form is optional) from professionals (college/university professor familiar with your academic performance, work or OT volunteer supervisor, or current employer) who have first-hand knowledge of your academic potential. We do not accept references from personal friends or family members even if they are an Occupational Therapist (unless you have completed your observation hours with them) or other healthcare professionals. Your letters of recommendation go directly to OTCAS.

You can only claim residency in the state in which you reside.  Applicants who are residents of New Jersey are encouraged to refer to the New Jersey Administration Code for the regulations governing residency requirements for tuition purposes at public colleges and universities. Stockton's MSOT program requires a driver's license to be submitted as proof of residency from all applicant regardless of state of residency.
No. Your CPR certification MUST be a classroom-based course where you will have access to a CPR manikin for practice of CPR technique. You can find a course in your area at the following link: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/CPR_UCM_001118_SubHomePage.jsp. We recommend the Basic Life Support course for Health Care Professionals. In addition, if you already have CPR certification and your certification will expire prior to the end of your first semester in the program, you will need to renew your certification prior to August 31. CPR certification MUST remain valid during the student's time in the MSOT program so CPR renewal MAY be required during the time in which you are a student in the program.
A new class of students (cohort) begins each fall.
Since the MSOT faculty get so many inquiries into the MSOT program, it is not possible to meet every request for meetings. Instead, we recommend that you attend one of the numerous Information Sessions or Open House events that occur throughout the year on our main campus. At these events, you will get an overview of the MSOT program as well as be able to ask questions to the program representative. You can find out when these Information Sessions or Open Houses are by clicking here.
Click here to download a list of acceptable courses from NJ institutions of higher education. If you have specific questions about prerequisite course requirements, please meet with an academic advisor at the institution in which you completed those courses. You must provide that individual with the prerequisite course list found on "Admissions Criteria" tab at the top of this page. This individual should be able to assist you with choosing the correct courses by comparing course descriptions at your institution to those course descriptions from Stockton's Course Catalog.
The due date is November 17, 2018 for Fall 2019. Students interested in applying to the MSOT program should submit all materials on or before November 17 prior to the fall semester of desired entry. All application materials must be received or postmarked by November 17th. Any materials postmarked/submitted after November 17 will not be considered, therefore it is best to begin the application process early. All application materials including transcripts , Volunteer/Paid Work/Clinical Hours Verification Form letters of references, essays, and resume are to be sent directly to OTCAS. Stockton's Online Supplemental CAS Application including the application fee should be sent directly to the Office of Studies. The MSOT Program does not receive any other application materials.
For those admitted to the program, all prerequisite course requirements, observation hours, and supplemental materials (CPR Card, proof of degree, outstanding course grades and transcripts) are not required to be completed/submitted until August 31st prior to the fall semester start date. Your OTCAS application must be verified by or prior to November 17th. In addition, your Stockton Online Supplemental CAS Application fee must be sent to our office prior the November 17th deadline.
After all applications have been reviewed, the most qualified students are invited to interview in mid-February. After interviews are completed, letters of acceptance are generally mailed by mid-March, but these timelines can be adjusted based on circumstances (weather, emergencies, etc.). Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee interview or admission to the MSOT program.

Yes, Stockton's MSOT Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number, C/O AOTA, is (301) 652-2682. The ACOTE website can be found at: http://www.acoteonline.org.

Graduates of the program 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, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses 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. Information about NBCOT or the NBCOT certification exam can be obtained at http://www.nbcot.org/.

To see the performance of our graduates on the NBCOT exam, please visit the following link: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx. Stockton MSOT students typically officially graduate in December and take the NBCOT exam in the next calendar year.

 

Graduation AY

(students typically receive their degrees in December, but participate in Spring commencement after their degree is conferred.)
Number of Students Entering Program Number of Program Graduates Graduation Rate

Fall 2015/Spring 2016

26 26 100%
Fall 2016/Spring 2017 30 28* 93%
Fall 2017/ Spring 2018 30 30 100%
3-year Rate 86 84 97.7%

* One student on medical leave joined Class of 2018 to complete degree. 

98% of our graduates have found employment in occupational therapy positions within one month of their job search.

Based on a survey of Stockton MSOT alumni graduating December 2016 (conducted 12 months after graduation), of the nine items rating level of job satisfaction, the majority of alumni indicated being "satisfied" (4.11 on a 5 point scale) with each of the items. Of the 17 items rating level of preparedness with competencies for the job, the majority of alumni chose "well prepared" (3.97 on a 5 point scale) for all of the items.

Based on a survey of employers of Stockton MSOT alumni graduating December 2016 (conducted 12 months after graduation), employers rated our graduates an average of 3.45 on a 4.0 scale on 20 indicators of performance.

Stockton University is pleased to offer continuing education courses for occupational therapy personnel. Courses offered are convenient, affordable, and provide updated and useful professional information. To see current continuing education courses, please go to www.stockton.edu/hshs.

Obviously this depends on individual circumstances. Applications to OT Programs across the country have risen dramatically in recent years and this is the case at Stockton, which makes the application process extremely competitive. Applicants may wish to have a strategy for obtaining their OT education elsewhere in case they are not admitted to Stockton.

The best source of written information about occupational therapy, the populations that occupational therapists serve and the focus of occupational therapy interventions is by visiting the website for the American Occupational Therapy Association at www.aota.org. There are many resources for students and consumers as well.


Apply today. If you have further questions or would like to Request More Information please call the Office of Graduate Studies at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.