The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at Cox College places students first while fostering clinical and experiential reasoning that is informed by scholarship and service in interdisciplinary and multicultural settings to meet the demands of local and global societies. Occupational Therapy is among the hottest jobs in healthcare industry with a median pay of $81,910 in 2016 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Description of the Profession Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health and rehabilitation profession. Occupational therapists provide skilled treatment to individuals of all ages facing physical, cognitive or psychosocial challenges. Occupational therapists use “occupations” of self-care, work, and play/leisure activities to increase independence, enhance development, and/or prevent disability. Occupational therapists empower and enable clients through innovative intervention activities, task adaptation strategies, environmental modifications, assistive devices, and technologies. For more information on occupational therapy visit the American Occupational Therapy Association web site.


The Faculty Impact Report: This report highlights the service, expertise, and scholarship of our MSOT Faculty.
The Student Impact Report: This report highlights the service and professional development activities of the MSOT Students.
The State of the Research Report: This report highlights our current research projects and invites community partners and ideas for future research in partnership with the MSOT Department.

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, 2018 for Fall 2018 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 and the Cox College Graduate Application.



Cox College applied to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) for candidacy status in 2013; it was granted in late 2013. The first class was admitted in Fall 2015. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is We are currently in the process of completing a Self-Study of our program. Next steps include continued formal review of our Self-Study document along with a site visit by ACOTE officials, scheduled for October 2017. Final ACOTE approval decision is anticipated by December 2017.

The Cox College Occupational Therapy website will reflect the program’s status as it proceeds through the accreditation process.

Accreditation of the occupational therapy program would permit Cox College occupational therapy graduates to take the National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam. NBCOT is the official accreditation body of the profession; 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 that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s “ability to sit for the NBCOT certification or attain state licensure.”


Vision and Mission of the Occupational Therapy Department

The Department of Occupational Therapy aligns with Cox College in its vision as leaders of health care education and in its mission of commitment to excellence by meeting the educational needs of students and the health care community. The Department’s vision is to rise as a preeminent leader in occupational therapy education with a mission of graduating occupational therapists who are competent in providing evidence-based care at interdisciplinary and multicultural settings, and are committed to lifelong learning in order to enhance the health and well-being of local and global communities.

MSOT Fieldwork Manual


Contact our Faculty:

Amy Vaughan, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Chair & Associate Professor

April Swanson, OTD, OTR/L

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Office: 417-269-3441

Michelle Jackson, OTR/L, MBA

Assistant Professor

Anna Quigg, PhD

Associate Professor

Dustin Cox, DPT

Associate Professor


Be sure and check out the MSOT Facebook page!