Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Take your first step into one of the most in-demand professions in America.


Median Wage*


Credit hours to complete program


Job Placement Rate
within one year of graduation


Projected Job Growth*

*Wage and job growth based on Statistics from Bureau of Labor Statistics.

About Our MSOT Program:

When development or injury has negatively affected someone’s world, occupational therapists help people return to meaningful activities that support the highest quality of life.

Our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program uses a multimodal approach to curriculum delivery, equipping you to succeed in diverse healthcare environments. We also encourage reflective practice to promote critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

The best occupational therapists often have excellent interpersonal skills and strong interests or backgrounds in psychology/social sciences, athletic performance/movement, anatomy, and neuroscience. That’s why our program emphasizes these proficiencies to help train you as a leader in your field.


Department of Occupational Therapy at Cox College: Leaders in occupational therapy education.


The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy at Cox College is to create scientist-practitioners who are client-centered, occupation-driven, and clinically competent. We achieve this mission by:

  1. KNOWING: Utilizing a multi-modal approach to curriculum delivery resulting in therapists equipped to succeed in diverse health care environments. 
  2. DOING: Encouraging reflective practice to advance critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and problem-solving skills. 
  3. ADVANCING: Providing opportunities for commitment to the everyday advancement of the field of occupational therapy. 
  4. LEADING: Collaborating with community partners to advance the practice of occupational therapy in Southwest Missouri and beyond. 


The Cox College Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s web address is

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 graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

The NBCOT Program data results can be found at

Your MSOT Experience:

Year One

You will be busy your first year, diving into a variety of compelling topics—kinesiology, therapy foundations, human occupation, neuroscience, innovation strategies, research, and more!

Year Two

Take a deep breath, because the second year will build on your first-year foundation of skills to develop you into the well-rounded occupational therapist you’re destined to be. While spending extensive time in the field and clinical placement, you will also learn to critically appraise evidence to determine the best course of treatment for your patient.

Real-Life Experience

Part of your training will include participating in simulations OTs face every day, preparing you to be a highly trained professional who can adapt to multiple contexts. By blending book work with real-life experience, you will be ready to graduate and ace your licensure exam.

"I’m so grateful for the Cox College MSOT faculty. They truly went above and beyond to support me throughout the program and at the start of my career."

Katie Colford Greenwood, MSOT ‘18

Admission Requirements

The application deadline for Fall admission is March 1. The application process, prerequisite courses, and other admission requirements are listed in the MSOT checklist.

MSOT applicants must complete two different online applications:

  1. Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service
  2. Cox College Graduate Application.