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Master of Science Occupational Therapy

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Why Stanbridge

Join the next generation of occupational therapy professionals as you conduct graduate-level research with powerful rehab technologies and confidently prepare for NBCOT-OTR certification. 

  • 1st Gloreha and Meditouch Robotic Rehab Devices on the West Coast1,2
  • 1st SynDaver Synthetic Cadaver Lab on the West Coast3
  • 98% NBCOT Certification Pass Rate, 2018-2022, OC campus4
  • Campuses in Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties5

Overview & Accreditation

Find your calling as a leader in Occupational Therapy (OT)

Discover new and innovative ways to help those in need live fuller and more independent lives. In the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) program, you will be able to hone your skills through hands-on practice. You can take the next step towards becoming a confident, compassionate healthcare leader.

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program at the Orange County and Riverside campuses is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program at the Los Angeles campus has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by ACOTE.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200 North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The program at the Los Angeles campus must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status by ACOTE before its 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, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

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Admissions

Take the first step for your future

Ready to learn more about the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program? To get started, please attend one of the virtual information sessions. Click here to sign up for the next available session.

If you are ready to begin your application process, you may use the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System (OTCAS). Click here to start your application process.

ADMISSIONS TIMELINES

Applicants must meet the following deadlines for the next start date. Applicant deadlines subject to change.

Los Angeles Campus:

ProcessDue Date
OTCAS Application DeadlineOctober 11, 2024
Applicant InterviewsSeptember 2023 to October 2024
Final Applicant Notification DeadlineNovember 1, 2024
New Student OrientationNovember 4, 2024 to November 6, 2024
Start of ClassNovember 11, 2024

Riverside Campus:

ProcessDue Date
OTCAS Application DeadlineMarch 20, 2024
Applicant InterviewsSeptember 2023 to March 2024
Final Applicant Notification DeadlineMarch 31, 2024
New Student OrientationMarch 25, 2024 to March 29, 2024
Start of ClassApril 1, 2024

Irvine Campus:

ProcessDue Date
OTCAS Application DeadlineJune 7, 2024
Applicant InterviewsSeptember 2023 to June 2024
Final Applicant Notification DeadlineJuly 10, 2024
New Student OrientationJuly 15, 2024 to July 19, 2023
Start of ClassJuly 22, 2024

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Prospective applicants must provide and complete the following to apply.

1. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

2A. For General Applicants: Successful completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher. Each prerequisite course must be equivalent to 3 semester or 4.5 quarter credits and must have been completed within eight years of the date of planned enrollment:

Courses
Human Anatomy (with laboratory)*Physiology*
One course in Anthropology or SociologyAbnormal Psychology
Introduction to StatisticsLifespan or Developmental Psychology
  • If Human Anatomy and Physiology are taken as a combined course, they must be taken for two consecutive terms and must have a laboratory course in each term.

2B. For Applicants Bridging from Other Healthcare and Human Services Fields: Some time limits on prerequisites may be waived if applicants have been continually employed or licensed/certified in certain healthcare or human services fields (OTA, PTA, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Athletic Trainer, etc.) since completion of the undergraduate program. Applicants will need to provide documentation for admission to the MSOT program.

3. Take the Online Readiness Quiz.

4. A minimum of thirty (30) hours of documented volunteer experience or observation in an occupational therapy-related or other health care setting. At least sixteen (16) of the thirty (30) total hours must be in direct observation of an Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed (OTR/L) in a practice setting.

  • This criterion is waived for applicants who are certified occupational therapy assistants.
  • If the applicant is not able to complete the onsite observation hours, the university will accommodate this by allowing the applicant to complete the required hours by requesting the ICE Supplemental Videos Review assignment form from the Admissions department.

5. An application essay to be submitted as a writing sample. The content of the application essay will be specified during the application process.

6. Three letters of recommendation from faculty members, therapists, and employers.

7. Successful completion of an interview with the Program Director or designee.

8. Financial aid process deadline: 14 days from acceptance (if eligible), or from date of first financial aid meeting, whichever comes later.

Potential Impact of a Felony Conviction on a Graduate's Eligibility for Certification and Credentialing.

All students must sign a release form confirming knowledge of the felony conviction on eligibility for certification and credentialing. Please click here to see the form. Please note, students will sign this form during their orientation.

Questions? Please contact our Admissions Representatives at 888-789-6208 if you have any questions regarding the admissions process for this program.

To learn more about transfer credit information, please visit catalog.stanbridge.edu.

Schedule

PROGRAM DURATION6

The program is 117 quarter credit hours and takes approximately 26-27 months to complete, including federal holidays and any breaks between terms. Completion times vary depending upon the start and end dates of a cohort and any individual circumstances that may impact progression.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE7

Offered at the Orange County, Los Angeles, and Riverside campuses in a full-time schedule.

Courses are delivered via on-ground, online, and blended (on-ground and online) learning environments. Labs take place on campus and fieldwork occurs at facility.

Didactic and Lab Courses

Commonly scheduled between two to four days per week, each term, with the exception of the terms wherein fieldwork education is required. Exact days of the week vary by term. Didactic and lab class meetings commonly start early to late-afternoon and may last up to 6-8 hours in a day.

Terms offering blended and/or online courses will include asynchronous assignments. Please take the Online Readiness Quiz to determine whether you can meet the hardware, software, and competency requirements for taking online courses.

Offsite Level I and II Fieldwork Required
 
Level I fieldwork: full-time placement for one (1) week in Terms 2, 3, and 4 each.
Level II fieldwork: full-time placement for twelve (12) weeks in Terms 5 and 7 each.

Commonly scheduled Monday through Friday in accordance with fieldwork site operating hours. The site’s approved schedule may include some weeks with required additional hours, holiday coverage, or weekend shifts. Locations, days, and time shifts are not guaranteed. Fieldwork site schedules are subject to change due to site availability.

Financial Aid & Tuition

Finding the Right Fit for You

Furthering your education is both a commitment and an investment. A diploma or degree will open doors to greater career opportunities and increase your earning potential. We understand that funding this investment can feel overwhelming, which is why Stanbridge University has a Financial Aid team that will walk you through your options and help you decide on the best financial aid package.

Federal Financial Aid Programs

Stanbridge University has the following federal financial aid programs available to those who qualify.

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Direct Loans for Graduate Students (PLUS)

Read more about these options in the Stanbridge University Catalog.

Private Education Loans

Stanbridge University has partnered with various lending institutions that offer private loans to those who qualify. FASTChoice provides you with information about private loan options. Please visit their website to help you determine which is best for you. Learn more at www.fastproducts.org.

How to Start Your Financial Aid Process

Get the most out of your meeting with our Financial Aid team by first creating your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) and completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

The FAFSA application will ask you to submit our school code:

Orange County Campus School Code: 038893
Los Angeles Campus School Code: E40465
Riverside Campus School Code: 038893

Cost of Attendance

MSOTTerms 1-7Total Cost of Program
Tuition per Term1$14,965.69$107,753
Books & Supplies2 $2,242
Total Program Charges3 $109,995
California STRF FEE4 $275
Total Cost $110,270

Pre-Enrollment Expenses

Pre-enrollment expenses include fees not associated with Stanbridge University that must be paid to third-party providers for obtaining official documentation, including but not limited to background checks, vaccinations, educational and financial records, and are not part of the total cost as outlined above. The amounts charged and the refundability of such are at the sole discretion of the third-party provider.

1Tuition, books, ebooks & supplies charges for the entire program for first-time students completing in normal time for first-time students who complete the program in 26-27 months.
2Books & Supplies includes ebooks/books, equipment, NBCOT Exam Prep, and Document Manager.
3Tuition, books, ebooks & supplies charges for the entire program for first-time students completing in normal time.
4Student Tuition Recovery Fund is a NONREFUNDABLE fee collected for and paid to the State of California BPPE.

NBCOT & Retention Rates

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational therapy profession. The Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) examination serves the public interest by developing, administering, and continually reviewing a certification process that reflects current standards of competent practice in occupational therapy.

As one of the final milestones before becoming an OTR, the exam’s questions focus on your decision-making ability in various client care scenarios under critical conditions. The OTR exam requires that you understand the basic principles of occupational therapy, client-centered intervention plans, evidence-based practice interventions, and overall professional standards.

We are committed to your preparation for certification. You’ll receive a comprehensive end-of-program review and continuous examination preparation. These services are complimentary for students.

NBCOT Certification Exam Pass Rates

RESULTS OF NATIONAL BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (NBCOT) EXAMINATION - ORANGE COUNTY CAMPUS ONLY

Campus20182019202020212022
Orange County98%94%97%100%100%
Orange County, Los Angeles, & RiversideN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A


Annual Retention Rates - Orange County Campus Only

Graduation YearStudents Entering/GraduatingGraduation Rate
202064/5891%
202164/6297%
202264/6195%
202364/5891%
Total256/23993%

The programs at the Los Angeles and Riverside campuses do not have graduates yet and therefore have no current certification exam pass rate or graduation rate.

Student Support Services

At Every Step of the Journey

Stanbridge University is committed to helping you achieve educational excellence through innovative, rigorous, and accessible programs with a student-centric, holistic support framework. From day one of orientation until well after graduation, our goal is to support each student, who will then go on to transform thousands of lives.

From the Very Start

Student support is woven into the very fabric of academic life from day one of your comprehensive, three-day orientation. At orientation, you will meet your support teams and fellow classmates who will join you as you journey towards your fullest potential.

Laying the Foundation for Success

Within your first year at Stanbridge®, you will have exclusive access to signature seminars designed to assist with goal setting, time management, academic discipline and integrity, positive communication, managing stress, and much more.

Support When You Need It Most

No matter how you learn, we offer tutoring solutions at no additional cost to help you succeed. Tutoring options include one-on-one and group tutoring with current students, alumni, and caring, dedicated faculty for your program. Additionally, you can access virtual tutoring from anywhere, conveniently integrating learning into every day life.

A Team You Can Count On

Student Services Officers

Your individual, dedicated Student Services Officer (SSO) is assigned to you from the first day of orientation. Your SSO is ready to provide highly individualized support with academic and personal development, offering assistance and guiding you through your program.

Academic Assistance

In the Learning Resource Center, you can hone your writing, research, and critical thinking skills with the expert assistance of our on-campus librarian and writing specialist. Meet and collaborate with fellow students and tutors in your go-to location for all things academia.

Stanbridge Student Assistance Program

We are committed to not only your success as a student, but also your personal well-being. Through the Stanbridge Student Assistance Program, you will have access to free counseling services in order to help with a wide variety of difficult situations, including stress, depression and anxiety, family conflict, alcohol and drug abuse, identity theft, daycare issues, and more.

Help at the Click of a Button

We strive to create an environment where you can pursue your passion to the fullest. To this end, we provide convenient online workshops to enhance and enrich your student experience. You can delve into both academic and personal development workshops on a schedule that works for you.

Become the Best You Can Be

OutREACH

We believe that every student has the power to change the world. You will have the opportunity to enrich your academic and personal development through rewarding community service projects. Learn, develop, and train for your future while you transform the local and global community for the greater good.

Student Organizations

Campus life at Stanbridge creates a lifelong community. By joining a student organization, you can practice, develop, and hone effective leadership skills and gain exclusive access to professional networking and leadership events that provide valuable career preparation.

Student Leadership Development

Become a new kind of leader, ready and able to meet the needs of a fast-paced, demanding industry. At the biannual two-day Stanbridge Student Leadership Summit, you will explore the values, skills, and professional behaviors required as you learn alongside accomplished leaders.

Career Services

Your Future Starts Now

From your first day of orientation until long after your educational journey, our dedicated Career Services team is here to help. You will be paired with an individual Career Services Officer (CSO) who will offer one-on-one guidance with resume preparation, portfolio development, and practice interviews.

Career Advising

From the beginning of your program you’re paired with a Career Service Officer to help guide you with career advising and preparation. In each term of your program, you’ll work with your Career Service Officer on specific goals including resume and portfolio building, networking, and interviewing. Our goal is to help you prepare for a seamless transition to a rewarding career.

Digital Portfolio Builder

As an exclusive resource to our students and graduates, the Stanbridge University Digital Portfolio Builder helps you organize and present your academic experience from Stanbridge University and professional achievements into a modern and sleek online portfolio. As you progress, your academic achievements including GPA, completed courses, and community service activities are automatically updated in your portfolio. Along with guidance from your Career Service Officer, you can easily add and edit your achievements. The Digital Portfolio Builder also automatically creates a resume for you from the data collected during the portfolio creation process. You can email your digital portfolio in a single link to your future, potential employers for a unique and strong first impression.

Mock Interview Sessions

Our Career Services department guides students and graduates through personality mapping, salary negotiations, role-playing, and other specialized interview techniques to enable them to take control of the job interview. We make sure you’re confident to put your best foot forward.

LinkedIn Profile and Networking

LinkedIn is an essential tool for any active job-seeker. Career Services works with students and graduates to build LinkedIn networks to connect them to colleagues and potential employers.

Job Leads

Graduates receive access to continually updated job listings and career opportunities, including recruiting organizations and Southern California companies with whom we have built relationships.

Alumni Services

From a highly networked, vibrant Alumni Association to proven career services, we are committed to your success as a graduate. You can network professionally and take part in fun community-building events. From the moment you cross the stage to every moment after, we’re there to help prep and propel you toward that next big thing.

98%

NBCOT Certification Exam Pass Rate4
2018-2022, OC Campus

Your path to OT certification starts here.

Every touchpoint, such as through online mentorship, cumulative practice tests, and practicing real-world skills in a safe environment, is designed to build your confidence toward earning your MSOT degree and becoming an occupational therapist.


The OT grad programs at the Los Angeles and Riverside campuses do not have graduates yet and, therefore, have no current certification exam pass rate.

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