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Bay Path's occupational therapy curriculum integrates a humanistic approach with clinical applications and fieldwork. The goal is to provide you with the knowledge and critical thinking skills that foster creative approaches and solutions that make a difference in a client's well-being, and ultimately enhance the quality of life in the world around us.
The BA/MOT - The undergraduate entry-level program for women; BA in Liberal Arts & Master of Occupation Therapy
In the program, the first three years are at the undergraduate level, and the last two years are at the graduate level. Academic years follow the traditional two-semester format with an additional two weeks of classes during the summer break prior to the senior and graduate years. The coursework also combines physical, biological, and behavioral sciences and two levels of supervised fieldwork. Many of the hands-on occupational therapy techniques are taught and practiced in the OT house located across the street from the main campus. The house provides a real world learning experience that includes a working kitchen, adapted bathroom, and clinical areas.
The Health and Human Studies major prepares you for careers in organizations that serve people through health or social services and provides an appropriate foundation for graduate programs in allied health or social services. Graduates may find employment with individuals across all age groups in a variety of organizational settings. For example, in programs for at-risk youth or homeless families, day treatment centers for children or older adults, substance abuse programs or health-focused agencies.
The Bay Path College Master of Occupational Therapy is designed for individuals who are not currently occupational therapists and is an entry level full-time or part-time program. The admissions requirements include a bachelor's degree in a related or non-related field, at least a 3.0 GPA, and these prerequisite courses: Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Statistics, Developmental Psychology, and a Sociology, Culture, or Anthropology course.
Completion of this two-year degree allows students to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination and become a registered occupational therapist.
The entry level Occupational Therapy Program has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. AOTA’s phone number is (301) 652-AOTA.
Graduates of the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Bay Path College can sit for the NBCOT exam allowing OTRs to practice in most settings. Level II fieldwork is part of the graduation requirement and must be completed within 24 months of finishing classes. A felony conviction MAY affect a graduates ability to sit for the NBCOT exam. A person with a felony conviction should speak to the chair as soon as possible.