Academic Programs Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

The Springfield College Occupational Therapy Department offers two levels of entry to our Master of Science in OT program: as a first-year or transfer student to the 5 1/2 year Health Science Occupational Therapy (HSOT) program, or as a graduate student to the 28-month Entry Level Master's (ELM) program. For further information about the HSOT program, please click here.

Graduate applications are to be submitted via OTCAS, a web-based centralized application service. The OTCAS system can be accessed here. Any questions about the application process should be directed to OTCAS after reading through the online instructions and FAQs. Program-specific questions may be directed to Springfield College by email at or by phone at (413) 748-3581.

Fully encompassing Springfield College's Humanics philosophy, the occupational therapy programs emphasize that health and learning are best gained through an approach that unifies spirit, mind, and body. The over-reaching goal of the programs is to foster in each student a strong sense of professional identity embracing the basic tenets and ethical practices of the profession.

The Occupational Therapy Program at Springfield College has been fully accredited as an entry level master’s degree program with both graduate and undergraduate entry points since 1991.*

Undergraduate entry

Students entering as first year undergraduates may complete a bachelor of science in health science and a master of science in occupational therapy in five and a half years. The professional portion of the program begins in the student's fourth year and continues through one and a half graduate years, including two summers. OT at Springfield College OT at Springfield College

Graduate entry

The OT department offers an entry-level master's degree program designed for people with bachelor's degrees in varying majors who wish to become occupational therapists. Students can earn a master of science (M.S.) in Occupational Therapy in as little as 28 months, or can extend their program to three, four, or even five years by attending part-time.


Our Entry Level Master’s Program in occupational therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.:

4720 Montgomery Lane
P. O. Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
(301) 652-2682


Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination required to practice occupational therapy, offered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy:

12 South Summit Avenue
Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 990-7979
Fax (301) 869-8492