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

(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, 2021 for Fall 2021 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

Department Chair & Professor

Ph: (417) 269-3334 Rm: 344

April Swanson, OTD, OTR/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator & Associate Professor

Ph: (417) 269-3441 Rm: 350

Michelle Jackson, OTR/L, MBA

Associate Professor

Ph: (417) 269-3545 Rm: 343

Anna Quigg, PhD


Ph: (417) 269-3457 Rm: 346

Dustin Cox, DPT

Associate Professor

Ph: (417) 269-3873 Rm: 348

MSOT Accreditation & Scorecard

The Cox College entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree 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 telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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 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.

Accreditation of the occupational therapy program permits Cox College MSOT graduates to apply for the national certification examination administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). A passing score on the certification exam is required to practice in all 50 states. Additionally, graduates must submit their NBCOT scores for licensure in the respective state(s) where they intend to practice.

** Note: Students must complete Level II Fieldwork Experiences within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program.


Graduation Rates for the Cox College Program




Graduation Year Students Entering/ Graduating Graduation Percentage
1 2017 22/20 91%
2 2018 26/26 100%
3 2019 26/25 96%
4 2020 28/TBA TBA
5 2021 30/TBA TBA
Total Program Graduates 71 96%




Cost Breakdown

Tuition and fees*
   Tuition $47,580.00
   Student Service Fee $5,070.00
   Technology Fee (6 Semester) $960.00
   Course fees (12 LABS) $1,920.00
Estimated totals $55,530.00
Other Program Costs and expenses
   Application Fee $50.00
   Acceptance Fee (Background check, drug screen,etc.) $175.00
   Exxat Fee (3 Semesters) $270.00
   NBCOT Exam Prep (1 Semester) $300.00
   Graduation Fee $150.00
Estimated Totals $945.00
Other Costs
   My ExChange (Per Student Case) $37.00
   Mo OT Hill Day (Per Student Case) $50.00
Estimated Program Total
   Tuition and Fees $55,530.00
   Other program costs and expenses $945.00
Estimated Totals $56,475.00

*Tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of the College.


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