1.  What requirements do I need before I apply?

To apply to the Salem State College BS/MS OT program, you must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from your Occupational Therapy associate's degree program
  • A copy of your current OTA License
  • A letter of recommendation from your current employer

2.   When can I start the OT classes?

To begin the OT coursework, you must complete the prerequisite and support course work on the Occupational Health Studies flow sheet and pass the Salem State College occupational therapy competency exam. Students begin the OT professional coursework in the summer and go through the program in a cohort

3.  If I have a bachelor’s degree in another area/discipline, can I transfer into the program?

You must have an associate's degree in occupational therapy to apply to the Salem State BS/MS OT program. If you have an associate's degree in occupational therapy and a bachelor's degree in another area you can apply to the program and receive transfer credit for your degrees.

4.  Do you have an online or weekend program?

The BS/MS OT program is a part-time evening program with no weekend courses being offered.  Many of the professional OT courses are online or are hybrid courses, but the program is not completely online.  

5.  How, when and where can I apply?

Currently, applications are due for the fall semester on July 1 and for the spring semester by November 1. Applications can be completed online through the admissions office. All transcripts, licenses and letters of recommendation should be mailed to the Salem State University Admissions Office.

6.  How long does your program take to get through?

Once a student has completed the prerequisites and support courses, they can begin the BS/MS OT professional course work which takes three years to complete. The three year time period includes the two required level II fieldworks. 

7.  How can I obtain information about your program?

Information can be obtained on the Salem State University OT website salemstate.edu/oct. Additional questions or concerns can be answered by the OT department at 979.542.6694.

8.  What are other colleges that offer this program?

The best place to find out information about other OT programs is through the American Occupational Therapy Association's website: aota.org which lists all of the OT schools in the country and what their programs entail. 

9.  What community colleges offer an OTA program in the area?

The best place to find out information about OTA programs is through the American Occupational Therapy Association's website: aota.org which lists all of the OTA schools in the country and what their programs entail. North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA offers an accelerated OTA program for students with bachelor's degrees in other areas.   

10.  Do you have any open houses for students interested in the program?

Yes, we offer two open houses each semester for current and prospective students. You can check the times and dates of those meeting by going to the Salem State OT website:salemstate.edu/oct  or by calling the OT secretary at 978.542.6694.

11. How can I find out whether or not my previous coursework will transfer into the Salem State occupational therapy program?

The Salem State University Academic Advising department can answer all of your questions regarding transfer credits.

12.  What is the cost to complete the BS/MS in OT program at Salem State?

Read full tuition and fee information here. The total cost of the program will depend on the number of transfer credits you bring into the program.

13.  What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent—or live better with—illness, injury or disability.

Practitioners must complete supervised clinical internships in a variety of health care settings, and pass a national examination. Most states also regulate occupational therapy practice. (AOTA, 2010). For additional information on careers in OT, please visit the American Occupational Therapy Association's website: aota.org.

For information about occupational therapy go to www.aota.org