University of Southern Indiana
Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapist is the professional-level practitioner who provides services that include evaluating, developing, improving, sustaining, or restoring skills in ADL, IADL, work, school, play, leisure, and social participation as well as lifestyle redesign.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Program is designed for students who have a baccalaureate degree and are ready to apply for the entry-level graduate program in occupational therapy. The MSOT Program does not have a preference as to the major for the bachelor’s degree as long as the required prerequisites courses are completed. The best undergraduate major is one in an area in which the student would enjoy working after obtaining the undergraduate degree and should be selected based on the student’s interests.

At the University of Southern Indiana, the Occupational Therapy Program promotes academic and professional excellence by preparing students, distinguished for their strong clinical skills and high levels of professionalism, to become credentialed occupational therapy practitioners at the entry level.

At the time of graduation, the student will have acquired an education in liberal arts and sciences and have been exposed to a variety of service models and systems commonly used in current occupational service delivery.

The student will understand the importance of diversity in occupational therapy practice and be able to articulate adherence to ethical standards, values, and attitudes of occupational therapy practice.

Finally, the student will value the role of life long learning and remaining current in practice.

All of these goals are achieved as faculty demonstrate leadership in occupational therapy education, practices, scholarship, and service by sharing their expertise through innovative teaching strategies, presentations, publications, creative works, service provision, collaboration, consultation, and political action to enrich the occupational therapy profession.

General Disclosure of Program Licensure or Certification Requirements

The Occupational Therapy program prepares individuals for employment in the state of Indiana upon successful completion of the National Board of Ocupational Therapists (NBCOT) OTR examination and upon meeting state licensure requirements. The university has not determined if students from other states need to meet additional requirements for employment in those states.

The Occupational Therapy Program at USI is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

ACOTE is located at:
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

Phone: (301) 652-AOTA
Web address:

Contact Dr. Paul Arthur


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