About This Program

For Graduate Students


Diane Carignan
Administrative Assistant
(413) 748-3581

Department of Occupational Therapy

You will enter the health science occupational therapy program as a pre-occupational therapy student enrolled in the health science major. For your first four years, you will engage in courses and practica required for both the occupational therapy degree, the health science degree, and the College’s general education requirements. The professional component of the occupational therapy program begins in your fourth year and continues into the fifth, or graduate, year. It includes one summer, where you enroll in the professional level courses with graduate students in the entry-level master's program.

Classes on campus are followed by six months of full-time fieldwork in at least two occupational therapy settings. With hundreds of affiliated fieldwork sites across the country, the Springfield College occupational therapy program offers a wide range of experiences working with people with differing disabilities and conditions, using different treatment approaches, in various practice settings.

Studying Occupational Therapy at Springfield College

Our Entry Level Master’s Program in occupational therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 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 the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all 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. 

  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
    12 South Summit Avenue
    Suite 100
    Gaithersburg, MD 20877

  • (301) 990-7979

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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.