BS in Occupational Health Studies

The undergraduate occupational therapy curriculum focuses on the clinical reasoning process and the development of sound theoretical knowledge necessary to become a registered occupational therapist. Students learn these skill sets and knowledge through a process of examination and application in problem-based and experiential learning environments.

To be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) examination, which is necessary for licensure, students must complete the master of science (MS) degree program in occupational therapy following their bachelor of science (BS) degree in occupational health studies.  Undergraduates maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher are admitted directly to the master's degree program after earning their bachelor’s degree.

In keeping with Salem State’s commitment to continuing education and lifelong learning, courses are offered on a convenient part-time and evening basis. Fieldwork opportunities are also offered on a part-time basis.

Students interested in being a registered occupational therapist must complete the BS/MS degree in occupational therapy to qualify for the national certification examination.

NOTE: A felony conviction could affect eligibility to sit for the NBCOT examination and make an applicant ineligible for a license from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals.