Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Credit Hours in OT

a) The credit hour translation used by the Occupational Therapy Program is consistent with the Carnegie Classification.

One (1) credit hour =

  • 1 lecture hour

  • 2 lab hours

  • 2 seminar hours

  • 13 hours of community service with assignments

b) AOTA fieldwork requirements are reflected as:

40 hours minimum of level I fieldwork with assignments = 1 credit hour of level I fieldwork.

  • 40 hours minimum of level I fieldwork with assignments = 1 credit hour of level I fieldwork.
  • 960 hours minimum of level II fieldwork = 12 credit hours of level II fieldwork.

Grading Policies in OT

a.    The system of evaluating a student’s achievement at Husson University in academic courses is by letter grade, with grade point values based upon an earned credit unit (see Husson University Catalog Academic Policies section – Grading system).

b.    The system of evaluating a student’s achievement in clinical fieldwork courses (Fieldwork Levels I & II) is by Pass/Fail grade. Fieldwork I is evaluated using the Maine Occupational Therapy Educators Alliance (MOTEA) – Evaluation form. Fieldwork Level II achievement is graded according to the “AOTA Fieldwork Evaluation for the Occupational Therapist” form (page 46).

c.    At the end of each semester, the faculty advisor is provided with a list of advisee grades and overall GPA that may be reviewed with the advisee.

Academic progression, warning, probation, and dismissal in OT

In order to remain enrolled and progress in the OT program, a student must meet the following requirements:

a. Undergraduate

  • If students have less than a 2.0 GPA at the end of their first academic year, they will be required to establish a learning contract for the following semester (including a referral to the Center for Academic Service).
  • All first and second year coursework must be completed successfully before beginning the professional phase of coursework. Transfer students must also meet this standard.
  • All students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of the spring semester of the second academic year in order to begin the professional phase of courses. Students who do not meet this standard will no longer be allowed to remain in the occupational therapy track of the HS degree Occupational Therapy faculty cannot be advisors for students who are not occupational therapy majors.
  • In the event the number of students progressing from the second academic year to the professional phase (third year) exceeds program capacity, those with the higher overall GPA will have priority.
  • Students transferring into the professional phase (MS only) must also meet the same criteria of a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

b. Graduate

  • Attain and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to progress each semester in the graduate years (3rd, 4th and 5th) of the program.
  • No more than six (6) credits of graduate course work in the “C+” range can be applied toward the Masters degree.

c. All OT students – Undergraduate and Graduate

  • All third year professional courses must be completed successfully with a grade of C+ or better in order to progress to the fourth year. All fourth year professional courses must be completed successfully with a grade of C+ or better in order to progress to Fieldwork Level II clinical experiences and to the fifth year of professional courses. This includes a letter grade of “Pass” for all Level I Fieldwork courses.
  • Students are expected to be fulltime during the professional phase of the program. Under exceptional circumstances students may petition to be part-time. If the request is granted by the Faculty there is a prescribed sequence of courses students must take. Part-time students must complete the professional phase within 5 years of starting the professional phase whether they started as full time or part time students. All students must enroll fulltime in the final graduate year, known as the “5th year” in the curriculum. Again, exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis but will be the exception rather than an expectation.
  • Students in the OT program must obtain at least a “C+” (77%) or better in all OT core courses to remain in the OT program. Transfer students must meet the same criteria of receiving at least a “C+” in all OT core courses.

    All OT courses and the following courses are core courses:

    • PY 111    General Psychology
    • SC 121    Anatomy –Physiology I
    • SL 121    Anatomy – Physiology Lab
    • SC 122    Anatomy – Physiology II
    • SL 122    Anatomy – Physiology Lab
    • SY 201    Principles of Sociology (or) SY 222    Cultural Anthropology
    • PY 241    Human Growth and Development
    • PY 332    Abnormal Psychology

  • A student who receives less than “C+” (77%) twice in any core course will be dismissed from the OT program.  Any grade of withdraw failing (WF) is included in this total.
    Repeated use of the “withdraw” option to avoid dismissal is discouraged. Any student who withdraws from courses repeatedly MAY be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the Faculty Academic Progress Committee.
  • A maximum of three courses in total may be repeated, excluding A&P labs. Of those a maximum of two professional level courses may be repeated.
  • Grade deficiencies should be removed during the subsequent semester or during Summer/Winter/May sessions whenever possible. For programmatic purposes, successfully repeating a course does not negate the original grade.
  • Additionally, students must demonstrate professional behaviors as outlined in the Occupational Therapy Association Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards, 2010. Professional behaviors are considered for progression in the program and students may be dismissed from the program for violating the policy regardless of academic standing.

Full-time and part-time enrollment
Students are expected to be enrolled as fulltime students during the professional phase of the program. Under exceptional circumstances students may petition to be part-time. If the request is granted by the Faculty there is a prescribed sequence of courses students must take. Part-time students must complete the professional phase within 5 years of starting the professional phase whether they started as full time or part time students. All students must enroll fulltime in the final graduate year, known as the "5th year" in the curriculum. Again, exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis but will be the exception rather than an expectation.



Graduation Requirements
In order to be granted a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy, students must earn a minimum of 164 credits and must successfully complete ALL courses in the occupational therapy curriculum.  Completion of courses can be accomplished through acceptable transfer, approved challenge, or through regular course enrollment. Additionally all occupational therapy students are required to complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of academic preparation.