Academic Programs Occupational Therapy Graduate Occupational Therapy Program

Graduate Occupational Therapy Program

Students in the entry-level master's program earn a master of science degree by completing 85 semester hours of graduate study. Generally, this program requires five semesters on campus including one summer, followed by six months of fieldwork. While most students complete the program in 28 months, some students choose to extend the program to three, four, or even five years in order to balance their schooling with work, family, or long commuting distances.

Information Sessions for Graduate Applicants

If you are interested in learning more about the graduate entry program and how to apply, please call Diane Carignan at (413) 748-3581 to attend an information session. All sessions are held in the Health Sciences Center from 4-6 p.m. The next scheduled dates are:

  • Monday, Aug. 22, 2016
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016
  • Monday, Oct. 17, 2016
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016
  • Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

Program Description

Students engage in a mix of classroom, laboratory, group projects, and various levels of fieldwork experiences, becoming practiced in entry level OT theory, evaluation and treatment techniques, clinical reasoning, research, teaching skills, management, and teamwork. The interdisciplinary nature of the program design is enhanced by opportunities to share courses and activities with other students in the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies, including physical therapy, communication disorders, rehabilitation counseling, emergency medical services management, and physician assistant studies.

Clinical courses include two, full-time internships of 12-week duration each, working in the field under the direction of experienced therapists. Such collaborative activities facilitate the learning of essential technical and clinical skills, critical problem solving techniques, leadership skills, and the development of self-confidence and professional identity.

The more than 300 fieldwork sites affiliated with the Springfield College OT Department extend across the country and offer a wide range of experiences with people with differing disabilities and conditions, with different treatment approaches, and in various practice settings.

Requirements for Admission

Springfield College selects its graduate students on the basis of leadership potential, character, intellectual ability, and academic standing. For admission with full graduate standing, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants who do not meet the GPA minimum will only be considered for probationary admission. Foreign students whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Office of Graduate Admissions may be contacted at (413) 748-3225. Graduate applications for fall 2016 will be submitted via the OTCAS centralized application system, which will be available after July 17, 2016.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants

COTAs who have earned bachelor’s degrees in other majors may apply directly to the entry level master’s degree program as graduate students. COTAs who have not completed bachelor's degrees may apply to enter the Health Science Occupational Therapy (HSOT) Program as undergraduates.