Occupational therapy is one of the most in-demand professions in America.

…According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017). At Cox College, students experience hands-on learning opportunities in classroom, clinical, and community settings. The MSOT program combines a strong evidence-based learning environment with application in the community.

Occupational therapy focuses on helping a person engage in everyday activities that they want and need to do (WFOT, 2012). Driving, cooking, dressing, bathing, and playing are common everyday occupations. Occupational therapists are skilled in helping a person return to meaningful activities or adapt and modify activities in order to support the highest quality of life when development or injury has negatively impacted daily life. Students who enter the field of occupational therapy often have excellent interpersonal skills and strong interests or backgrounds in psychology/ social sciences, athletic performance/ movement, anatomy, and neurosciences. In short, occupational therapists use occupation as an avenue to promote health and well-being (WFOT, 2012).

The Student Impact Report: This report highlights the service and professional development activities of the MSOT Students.

Collectively, these reports show how the MSOT Department is living out the mission and vision of Cox College and Cox Health. We are honored to have you as a cheerleader and a partner in our program. Thank you!



APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2020 for Fall 2020 admission. The application process, prerequisite courses, and other requirements for admission are described here in the MSOT checklist. Cox College MSOT applicants need to complete two different online application forms, one at the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service website https://portal.otcas.org/ and the Cox College Graduate Application.



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



Amy Vaughan, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Chair & Associate Professor

Ph: (417) 269-3334 / Rm: 344

April Swanson, OTD, OTR/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Ph: (417) 269-3441 / Rm: 350

Michelle Jackson, OTR/L, MBA

Assistant Professor

Ph: (417) 269-3545 / Rm: 343

Anna Quigg, PhD

Associate Professor

Ph: (417) 269-3457 / Rm: 346

Dustin Cox, DPT

Associate Professor

Ph: (417) 269-3873 / Rm: 348