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Master of Science inOccupational Therapy

Groundbreaking research opportunities

Multi-term NBCOT exam preparation

Hands-on learning in eight world-class Therapy Skills Labs

Stanbridge College

Why Stanbridge?

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

In the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, you’ll learn new and innovative ways to help those in need accomplish what they love to do most. Under the guidance of expert faculty, you’ll have the opportunities to apply core OT concepts to groundbreaking research projects, practice with emerging rehab technology and gain the confidence to lead in a dynamic and in-demand profession.

Video: Leading Stanbridge OTs: Occupational Therapy Program Director, Dr. Janis Davis, OTR/L

Leading Stanbridge OTs: Occupational Therapy Program Director, Dr. Janis Davis, OTR/L

Video: Celebrating True Heroes: National Occupational Therapy Month for OTs and OTAs

Celebrating True Heroes: National Occupational Therapy Month for OTs and OTAs

Video: A Celebration of Achievement: Commencement Exercises

A Celebration of Achievement: Commencement Exercises

Video: Giving Back to the Community: Students Restore Local Environment

Giving Back to the Community: Students Restore Local Environment

Blaze New Trails in Occupational Therapy Research

Research with universities across the country, local community partners, and emerging technology to explore and solve issues with OT concepts and practices. Previous graduate thesis studies include human behavior in deep-space exploration, mentorship of young adults with intellectual disabilities, and MusicGlove™ Therapy for children.

Stanbridge Student OT Association

Join a collaborative, active, and engaging group of fellow OT students and work together to serve local community needs and raise awareness of occupational therapy.

Driving Simulation Lab

In the first Driving Simulation Lab in Orange County, you can gain a unique, hands-on education in driving assessments and treatments. Learn how to help clients who have experienced strokes and other neurological incidents with the multidimensional aspects of the occupation of driving.

Sensory Immersion Lab

The Sensory Immersion Lab offers you a first-hand exposure to new occupational therapy treatments for persons with mental illness, dementia, as well as children with autism and other sensory disorders.

Eight Real-World Therapy Skills Labs

Immerse yourself in fully-equipped, simulated home environments for hands-on education with therapy equipment, tools and assessments used in the field.

Two-Year Straight-Through Program

Focus on what’s important and avoid the hassle of additional costs and time. Balance school, work, and social commitments easily with only two days of didactic courses a week.

Multi-Term NBCOT OTR Exam preparation

With an unyielding commitment to your success, our program allows you to practice test-taking for the NBCOT OTR exam throughout its curriculum.

Small Class Sizes with High Faculty-to-Student Ratio

Learning in small groups in your clinical labs optimizes your time with instructors and gives you a deeper understanding of skills.

The Writing Center

In your graduate program, having exemplary writing skills is crucial to your academic success and career growth. The Stanbridge College Writing Center gives you access to support and resources that will help you improve and develop your paper writing. With best practices for developing and expressing ideas, learning the APA format, and improving punctuation and grammar usage, our goal is to help you better prepare for your coursework, research, thesis presentations, or capstone research.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Gain a competitive edge as you learn OTA/OTR treatment dynamics by training and collaborating with students from our Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Serve Your Community with Your Skills

Providing the local community with healthcare services brings concepts learned in class to life in real healthcare environments.

An Early Focus on Career Development

One-on-one guidance gives you the tools to make a positive, lasting impression on future potential employers.

Innovative Digital Classrooms

Each classroom operates with a SMART Board, laptop workstations, and digital exams with instant score results. Access to online PowerPoint presentations with note-saving availability, instant student polling and the digital Learning Resource System heightens the academic experience

The Writing Center

In your graduate program, having exemplary writing skills is crucial to your academic success and career growth. The Stanbridge College Writing Center gives you access to support and resources that will help you improve and develop your paper writing. With best practices for developing and expressing ideas, learning the APA format, and improving punctuation and grammar usage, our goal is to help you better prepare for your coursework, research, thesis presentations, or capstone research.

Inside the Classroom

Hands-on demonstrations of emerging rehabilitation technology like Flint Rehabilitations MusicGlove™ lets students learn new and creative ways to treat clients.

Hands-on demonstrations of emerging rehabilitation technology like Flint Rehabilitations MusicGlove™ lets students learn new and creative ways to treat clients.

In partnership with Fordham University, OT students research human behavioral readiness for deep space exploration for the Mission to Mars, under the mentorship of NASA astronaut and visiting professor Dr. Yvonne Cagle (far right) and Dean of the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University, Dr. Debora McPhee (center).

In partnership with Fordham University, OT students research human behavioral readiness for deep space exploration for the Mission to Mars, under the mentorship of NASA astronaut and visiting professor Dr. Yvonne Cagle (far right) and Dean of the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University, Dr. Debora McPhee (center).

Students utilize a canoeing activity in the Newport Bay Harbor to practice activity analysis and limb control to determine typical movement patterns.

Students utilize a canoeing activity in the Newport Bay Harbor to practice activity analysis and limb control to determine typical movement patterns.

As part of their service learning project, OT students traveled to Catalina Island to partner with the Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA Project to help combat wounded veterans with amputations, spinal cord injuries, PTSD, and traumatic brain injuries lead more meaningful lives using SCUBA therapy.

As part of their service learning project, OT students traveled to Catalina Island to partner with the Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA Project to help combat wounded veterans with amputations, spinal cord injuries, PTSD, and traumatic brain injuries lead more meaningful lives using SCUBA therapy.

Students partner with the Life College program to get real-world client treatment experience as they work with young adults with intellectual disabilities to teach them independent living skills.

Students partner with the Life College program to get real-world client treatment experience as they work with young adults with intellectual disabilities to teach them independent living skills.

OT students learn in-depth human anatomy from synthetic and real cadavers in the Human Cadaver Lab on campus.

OT students learn in-depth human anatomy from synthetic and real cadavers in the Human Cadaver Lab on campus.

Graduate students presented their thesis research at the 100 Year Starship Symposium.

Graduate students presented their thesis research at the 100 Year Starship Symposium.

The Driving Simulation Lab on campus helps train OT students to work with clients who need assistance with safe driving.

The Driving Simulation Lab on campus helps train OT students to work with clients who need assistance with safe driving.

In the Simulation Lab, instructors lend a voice to the high-fidelity simulation manikins, testing their students with real-time patient feedback.

In the Simulation Lab, instructors lend a voice to the high-fidelity simulation manikins, testing their students with real-time patient feedback.

The Stanbridge Student Occupational Therapy Association (SSOTA) executive board leads fellow students in working together to promote OT to the local community while hosting networking and service events.

The Stanbridge Student Occupational Therapy Association (SSOTA) executive board leads fellow students in working together to promote OT to the local community while hosting networking and service events.

OT students practice range of motion exercises on the beach.

OT students practice range of motion exercises on the beach.

One of the Therapy Skills Labs features simulated environments including a bathroom and kitchen to practice helping clients at home.

One of the Therapy Skills Labs features simulated environments including a bathroom and kitchen to practice helping clients at home.

Students practice client care on a high-fidelity human simulator as an instructor provides them with real-time feedback by speaking through the manikin.

Students practice client care on a high-fidelity human simulator as an instructor provides them with real-time feedback by speaking through the manikin.

Stanbridge OT students visited local beaches, stores, and gyms to experience how mobility limitations impact daily life for the clients they serve.

Stanbridge OT students visited local beaches, stores, and gyms to experience how mobility limitations impact daily life for the clients they serve.

Students develop their skills by training with professional therapy adaptive equipment in this Therapy Skills Lab.

Students develop their skills by training with professional therapy adaptive equipment in this Therapy Skills Lab.

Students enjoy social and professional networking events on the Stanbridge College campus.

Students enjoy social and professional networking events on the Stanbridge College campus.

Classrooms equipped with advanced learning technology, including SMART Boards, help students focus on their coursework and instruction.

Classrooms equipped with advanced learning technology, including SMART Boards, help students focus on their coursework and instruction.

The Learning Resource Center provides students with private collaboration rooms, quiet study rooms, and a computer lab.

The Learning Resource Center provides students with private collaboration rooms, quiet study rooms, and a computer lab.

Program Guidebook

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schedule

Schedule

Program Duration1

119.5 Quarter Credit Hours (The approximate time to complete the program will vary according to the start and end dates of a cohort and ranges from 26 – 28 months, including school and national holidays, breaks between terms, a one week break at Thanksgiving and a two week break in December.)

Program Schedule2

Term 1 through Term 5

Didactic courses - 2 days a week (exact days of the week vary by term)

Level I Fieldwork - 40 hours in each facility, Terms 2, 3 and 5
Time in accordance with fieldwork site hours

Level II Fieldwork - Two 12 week experiences, Terms 6 and 7
Monday through Friday
Time in accordance with fieldwork site hours

NBCOT OTR Exam Prep and Retention Rates

NBCOT OTR Exam Prep and 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.

Our unyielding commitment to your preparation for certification exams provides you with a comprehensive end-of-program review. Stanbridge College continuously offers top-of-the-line examination preparation to assist you in successfully completing the exam. These services are complimentary for students.

RESULTS OF NATIONAL BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (NBCOT) EXAMINATION

Annual Retention Rates

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2016 32/Results not available Results not available
2017 Results not available Results not available
2018 Results not available Results not available
Accreditation

Accreditation

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 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 www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program 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 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.

Admissions

Admissions


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

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

Admissions Timelines

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

Process Due Date
Application Deadline December 31, 2016
Applicant Notification February 1, 2017
New Student Orientation TBA
Start of Class TBA in September 2017

Admission Criteria

Prospective applicants must provide and complete the following to apply.

1. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, with all prerequisites completed, and with a 3.0 GPA in the earned undergraduate degree or in their last 60 semester (90 quarter) units completed.

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 five years of the date of planned enrollment:

Human Anatomy (with laboratory)* Physiology*
One course in Anthropology or Sociology Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Statistics Lifespan 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. An official Graduate Record Exam report with the following preferred minimum scores is required of all applicants who do not have a master's or doctoral degree:

Quantitative: 144 or higher
Verbal: 150 or higher
Analytical Writing: 3.5 or higher

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.

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. Successful completion of an interview with the Program Director or designate.

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


8. Applicants who have earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education in a non-English speaking country must provide an official transcript of record demonstrating proficiency in English. For this purpose, applicants must obtain the minimum score on one of the following examinations:

TOEFL Exam
(School TOEFL Code # 6716)
(Test of English as a Foreign Language)
470 paper-based format
150 computer-based format
52 internet-based format
Kaplan English Level 6 and recommendation
AOI College Of Languages Level 6 and certificate
Step Eiken Test Step level 2A
American Language Program
(UCLA Extension)
Level 105 and recommendation
GEOS English Academy Level 6 and recommendation

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 888-378-6676 if you have any questions regarding the admissions process for this program.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Furthering your education is an investment with lifelong returns. A diploma or degree can open doors to exciting career opportunities, and greatly increase your earning potential. We understand that funding your studies can be overwhelming, which is why Stanbridge College has a dedicated Financial Aid team to guide you through various options and help identify the best financial aid package for your needs.

Our team is there to answer questions as you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and plan your financial aid package. Stanbridge College has the following financial aid programs available to those who qualify:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans
  • Sallie Mae Loans
  • Cal Grants
Transfer Information

Transfer Information

Diploma and Degree Programs Transfer of Credit

Students may request an evaluation of their previous coursework for possible transfer credit, provided that before the beginning of their program at Stanbridge College, they give the Registrar of the college proof of satisfactory completion (such as an official transcript from a school that is regionally or nationally accredited, PACE and DANTES courses, a course of study or training in the Armed Forces of the United States) or American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation, and equivalency of the coursework to the Stanbridge College course.

Students requesting evaluation of their transcripts must provide a description from the school catalog for each course for which transfer credit is requested. If the course description from the school catalog is not sufficient by itself to evaluate whether the course is equivalent, a course syllabus or outline of each course for which transfer credit is requested will be required. ACE credit recommendations will be considered only for General Education course credit, not technical or core course credit or Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) program prerequisite science course (SCI prefix) credit.

Transfer credit will be granted only for those courses:

  • for which a grade of "C" or better ("C+" in prerequisite science courses and "B" for nursing courses in the ADN program) was earned or proof of passing a vendor’s certification examination is provided; and
  • which are determined to be equivalent in content and academic level to those required in the student’s program at Stanbridge College.
  • Certain courses in specific programs may have to be completed within 3 – 5 calendar years of the date of the student's start of coursework at the college in order to be accepted for transfer credit.

For more information on transfer credit and information specific to the diploma or degree of interest, please read the current Stanbridge College catalog.

US Military/VA Students

US Military/VA Students

Stanbridge College recognizes the heroic service and sacrifices that our nation's active and veteran military personnel and their families have made for our country. Transitioning from the military to civilian life and starting a career can be challenging. That is why Stanbridge College provides guidance for servicemen and women and their families to help them prepare for a degree.

For all US military veterans and eligible students, Stanbridge College will:

  • conduct an evaluation of previous education and training;
  • grant appropriate credit;
  • shorten the training period proportionately; and
  • notify the VA and student accordingly.

Student Resources

Guidance for Your
Academic and Professional Goals

Stanbridge College focuses on providing you with a rigorous education and the unwavering support of our Student Services and Career Services to help you prepare to start a career as a leader in your industry. We provide you with a suite of comprehensive services from the moment you begin your training, to the day you graduate, and beyond.

Student Services

Academic Advising

One-on-one advising with a faculty advisor or Student Services representative is available when you need it most. You can discuss academic or personal issues at any time, and we’re here to listen, help, and ultimately guide you to the resources you need.

Tutoring Services

When you need help on coursework, concepts, or clinical skills, Student Services offers you a wide range of options for both didactic and clinical tutoring. Course instructors and program faculty are available for one-on-one and group didactic tutoring. If your program has medical math requirements, and you need assistance to better understand medical dosages, extra tutoring is available for you. Clinical tutoring gives you one-on-one time with our instructors in our simulation and skills labs. And to help give you more insight into difficult concepts and study tips when you need it, our robust peer tutoring program pairs you with experienced students and graduates.

Academic Success Coordination

To foster your academic success, Student Services is ready to help you with time management, study and reading skills, test-taking strategies, and test anxiety management. When you need assistance, we’ll set up one-on-one coaching sessions to plan out strategies, learn how to use online apps to inventory your time, and practice applying these resources to your coursework and exams.

The Writing Center

Having exemplary writing skills is critical to academic success and career preparation. The Writing Center on campus gives writers of all skill levels, academic support for paper writing skills, including best practices for developing and expressing ideas, learning the APA format, and improving punctuation and grammar usage.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program is a free, comprehensive, and fully confidential counseling service that helps you manage and resolve challenging situations. Because we understand balancing academic excellence and a life outside of school can be overwhelming, we are committed to your well-being. The SAP includes:

  • Free counseling services
  • Prescription drug discount program
  • Identity theft recovery
  • Financial consultation
  • Legal services

Learning Resource System

To better serve our students, we developed a comprehensive Learning Resource System that is uniquely effective in providing academic support. It includes the on-campus Learning Resource Center (LRC), the Online Library, and the Online Learner. The LRC provides you with spaces including quiet rooms, collaboration rooms, and a computer lab for individual and group study. You can use these resources to help guide your coursework, research, study, and exam preparation.

Career Services

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 College Digital Portfolio Builder helps you organize and present your academic experience from Stanbridge College and professional achievements into a modern and sleek online portfolio. As you progress, your academic achievements including GPA, completed courses, community service activities, and continuing education certifications 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. Click here to view a sample digital portfolio.

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 Association

The Alumni Association provides continued access to the college’s resources, news, and special events while facilitating a dynamic network amongst graduates. Members receive benefits, including extended career services, access to exclusive alumni workshops, social media networking, and invitations to complimentary professional networking events. Our mission is to foster a lifelong, mutually beneficial relationship between alumni, current students, and Stanbridge College. Click here to visit the Stanbridge College Alumni Association.

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Section 1:

Proof of completion of baccalaureate degree or it equivalent from an accredited university with a preferred minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Applicants who have earned ther baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education in a non-English speaking country must provide an official transcript of record demonstrating proficiency in English. For this purpose, applicants must obtain the minimum score on one of the following examinations: TOEFL Exam, Step Eiken Test, Kaplan English, American Language Program (UCLA Extension), AOI College of Languages, GEOS English Academy.

Please list examination name & score:

Section 2:

An official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) report with quantitive, verbal, and analytical scores.

Section 3:
Section 4:

A minimum of thirty (30) hours of documented volunteer experience of 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.

Please List The Following References:

Section 5:

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

Section 6:

Interview and Essay: To be scheduled with an Admissions Representative. At the end of the interview process, applicants will be asked to successfully complete a spontaneous essay at the conclusion of the interview.

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