The Department of Occupational Therapy shares the philosophy of the profession in that “people of all ages and abilities require occupation to grow and thrive” (Hooper & Wood, 2014). In keeping with the Cox College mission of commitment to teaching clinical excellence, the Occupational Therapy program views occupation, occupational performance, and occupational participation as fundamental principles for organizing the curriculum including service learning projects and active teaching/learning processes (learning through doing). Embedded within the curricular design is the singular principle that an individual’s occupational performance can be positively shaped by focus on the “whole person” and attending to his/her physical, psychological, spiritual, social and cultural concerns as influenced by both internal environment (within a person) and the external environment (outside a person). Using these guiding concepts, students are encouraged to develop the capacity to examine and analyze the occupations people perform as well as enable the students to use occupation as the medium to assist people and communities to “live life to the fullest.”

The program is a full-time, 78-credit program designed to prepare graduates to be eligible to take the NBCOT certification exam and subsequently be eligible for licensure as an Occupational Therapist. The MSOT Program Outcomes are as follows:

Curriculum Threads & Outcomes

In the MSOT curriculum, there are common themes and threads that contribute to the overall learning experience for the student. The curriculum is designed to produce practitioners that fulfill the mission and vision of the MSOT Department. Cox College MSOT curriculum provides opportunities for:

  1. Utilizing knowledge of how the human body operates and achieves participation in meaningful everyday activities in order to understand the unique needs of individual clients. (KNOWING)
  2. Developing clinical competency and professionalism in order to deliver skilled occupational therapy services in a variety of contexts and (DOING)
  3. Advancing the profession through evidence-based practice and evidence (ADVANCING)
  4. Participating in professional development, committing to professional membership, and collaborating with community (LEADING)

Below is the schedule of Assessment for the MSOT Program.