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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

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Why?

Advanced Technology. Collaborative Learning.

Our Masters in Occupational Therapy in California engages students in a lively environment that harnesses the full power of advanced technology. Every aspect of the Occupational Therapy program occurs face to face—with no online component.* The program also stresses interprofessional education, critical thinking skills, effective written and oral communication, computer proficiency, and program literacy. Graduates are prepared to have an understanding of the ethical standards and legal requirements expected of an occupational therapist. What's more, the full-time occupational therapist master's program has competitive tuition and fees.

Support Beyond Graduation

West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of class. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.

Through our Career Services Department we provide ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our occupational therapy degree program students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals and enhance the prospects for securing employment and obtaining professional success.

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To view the WCU OT Student Handbook, please click here.
To view the WCU OT Fieldwork Education Manual, please click here.

Our Mission:

West Coast University’s Occupational Therapy Program is based on the belief that all humans are occupational beings in nature, and in the healing power of occupation whereby humans can influence their own health status. Occupational engagement and thus occupation-based interventions are therefore the central theme of the curriculum.

Our mission is to develop caring and competent entry-level generalists who are lifelong learners and who can develop into advocates and leaders for the Occupational Therapy profession in diverse local and global communities. Through a student-centric and interprofessional curriculum, the students will be prepared to be reflective practitioners by applying principles of evidence-based practice, research, and critical thinking to facilitate the well-being of consumers through engagement in valued occupations and as it relates to health promotion, prevention, and wellness.


*Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the University has moved some of the on-ground courses into a distance education modality. However, as soon as the COVID-19 circumstances change, students will be expected to return on campus to complete their program onsite in the regular learning modality.

West Coast University’s 2-year MSOT degree program offers you these clear advantages:

  • Dynamic learning environment – Our program includes a strong focus on sensory integration therapy, functional vision assessment and intervention, return-to-driving rehabilitation, and functional cognitive rehabilitation.
  • Concentrated program - A selective, full-time, two-year master’s program, with competitive tuition.
  • Interprofessional education - The program places occupational therapy students in direct contact with students from other healthcare fields. This helps expose students to different perspectives and prepares them to work in a cooperative interprofessional environment.
  • Integrated patient care - Energizing classroom lessons into everyday practice.
  • Fieldwork Experience - Begins in the first trimester and continues until graduation.

Acoteonline.orgAccreditation:

Institutional Accreditation

West Coast University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.
1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402
Alameda, CA 94501
510-748-9001
www.wascsenior.org

Programmatic Accreditation:

The entry-level MSOT Program at WCU received accreditation in December 11, 2014 from 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 301-652-2682, and their web address is Acoteonline.org. Program graduates 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, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licensure is usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Message from the Program Director

Welcome to West Coast University's Occupational Therapy Department. Our department has a tradition of excellence. We pride ourselves in being ahead of the curve.

West Coast University prepares MSOT and OTD students to be successful professionals, by emphasizing holistic client-centered care, evidence-based practice, and critical thinking skills. A part of our mission at West Coast University is to embrace a student-centric learning partnership. We continuously pursue more effective and innovative ways through which our students develop the competencies and confidence required in a complex and changing world.

Our facility is state of the art and provides students with an environment that promotes innovative learning methods designed to develop skilled, confident, competent therapists. Our faculty members are among the best in the nation. They represent a wide array of expertise in the field of occupational therapy.

We are a family here at West Coast University. As you step through our doors you will feel a comfortable and supportive environment. We provide a quality education for our students. Students enjoy coming to class, which speaks volumes to the type of atmosphere you will experience. We are a tight knit group, and believe that it's ok to have fun while you learn.

Our legacy is our graduates. They make us proud daily, as they continue to propel the profession forward as leaders, advocates, and trailblazers, exhibiting cutting edge solutions to promote quality of life.

Thank you for your interest in our program. I look forward to meeting you during our interview season.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Stacey Willis, OTR/L
Dean & Program Director

Admissions Requirements

A student applying for admission to a graduate program at West Coast University must:

  1. Participate in a qualitative admissions interview arranged by a University admissions advisor;
  2. Submit a completed application for admission;
  3. Submit a copy of official transcripts
  4. Complete an enrollment agreement;
  5. Meet program admissions requirements.

To view the Admissions Requirements, please click here.

Overview

The student will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors to:

  1. Develop and implement client centered care that is inclusive of cultural values, beliefs and needs.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication skills to function effectively as a member of an inter-professional health care team.
  3. Support all clinical decision making with evidence based knowledge.
  4. Design interventions with a central focus on occupation as the means and end of therapeutic processes, in line with the profession's philosophy.
  5. Integrate health promotion and wellness in interventions with individuals, communities and populations.
  6. Model leadership and advocacy for occupational therapy in the full range of service areas.

FAQs

Q: Is the GRE Exam Required?
A: No, please do not send your scores, the scores will not be factored in.

Q: Can I take a combined Anatomy & Physiology Course?
A: Yes, as long as you meet the minimum 6 semester unit requirement, including labs. To meet both our Anatomy & Physiology prerequisite requirements, you can submit two single courses (i.e. Human Anatomy + lab & Human Physiology + lab) or two combination courses (i.e. A&P1 and A&P2).

Q: What if my prerequisite GPA is below a 3.0?
A: The minimum GPA for prerequisite courses is 3.0, therefore applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 will be ineligible
for admission. Courses that are retaken will be calculated using the higher grade. All coursework must be completed/
verified before the deadline.

Q: Can I have pending coursework when I apply?
A: Yes, but only if you are going to have the coursework and all admissions requirements completed and submitted
by the deadline. Coursework must be verified by OTCAS by the deadline, in order to be reviewed/accepted.

Q: Do I need to submit the transcripts/references to the school as well?
A: No, only to the OTCAS. All you will submit to the school directly is your supplemental application and fee.

Q: Do I need to pay OTCAS & WCU?
A: Yes, the OTCAS fee and our application fee are separate fees.

Q: Do you accept coursework/transcripts/references/hours/undergraduate degree to be submitted after
 the deadline?
A: No, deadlines are firm.

Q: When does the program start?
A: Spring & Summer of each year.

Q: How do I know my application status?
A: Pleaseclick here to email the admissions department and include your OTCAS ID.

Q: Do I need to submit a personal statement or resume?
A: No, please do not send in a resume or personal statement, this is not part of the application process.

Q: Are the program admissions requirements based on semester units or quarter units?
A: Our program admissions requirements are based on semester units.

Q: Can I apply to your program if I have a conviction?
A: Please refer to our Background Check Policy: Click Here!

Q: What is the allowed timeframe for prerequisites courses?
A: All required prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of a C or better, meet our semester unit requirements, be completed within the last ten years, and through a regionally accredited college or university.

For questions about admissions, please contact:
Admissions Department
323-284-4376
Send an email

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order for a candidate’s application to be considered, all requirements must be submitted and met. The candidate’s CAS application must be complete and in verified status through the centralized application service system by the application cycle closing date/deadline in order to be reviewed. Documents/transcripts may not be submitted after the deadline/application closing date. For questions, please contact cgsgradadmissions@westcoastuniversity.edu.

The student will have the opportunity to develop the following knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors:

  1. Develop and implement client centered care that is inclusive of cultural values, beliefs, and needs.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication skills, and function effectively as a member of an inter-professional health care team.
  3. Support clinical decision making with evidence-based knowledge.
  4. Design interventions with a central focus on occupation as the means and end of therapeutic processes, in line with the profession's philosophy.
  5. Integrate health promotion and wellness in interventions with individuals, communities, and populations.
  6. Model leadership & advocacy for occupational therapy in the full range of service areas.

To view the Certification Outcomes, please click here.

Graduates from the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Graduation and NBCOT Pass Rates are as follow:

Graduation Data

Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2013 Program commenced N/A
2014 No graduates N/A
2015 43/43 100%
2016 56/54 96%
2017 56/51 91%
2018 55/51 93%
2019 37/36 97%
2020 29/34 85%*

*Graduation delays in 2020 due to COVID-19 as of 8/20/2021 33/34 have graduated.

 

NBCOT Certification Data

Year Number of Students Taking Exam Number of Students who Passed Exam Passage Rate
2013 Program commenced N/A N/A
2014 No graduates N/A N/A
2015 23 23 100%
2016 43 42 98%
2017 50 49 98%
2018 54 54 100%
2019 29 29 100%
2020 34 35 97%

 

Graduate Employment

NBCOT National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

NBCOT Certification data for the program is available at HTTPS://SECURE.NBCOT.ORG/DATA/SCHOOLSTATS.ASPX

Graduates from the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program are eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapist. This examination is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) https://www.nbcot.org. After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure to practice, and state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Please note that in order to take the national certification examination the following questions will be asked:

  • Have you ever been charged with or convicted of a felony? (Note: Applicants must answer affirmatively if records, charges or convictions have been pardoned, expunged, released or sealed).
  • Have you ever had any professional license, registration or certification revoked or subject to probationary conditions by a registry authority or certification board?
  • Have you ever been found by any court, administrative or disciplinary proceedings to have committed negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful or intentional misconduct which resulted in harm to another?
  • Have you ever been suspended and/or expelled from a college or university?

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