Graduate Programs in Occupational Therapy

Salem State offers two occupational therapy programs. The appropriate program for you depends on your academic background and any licenses you may hold. Please carefully read the information below to ensure you are engaging in the proper admissions process.

1. BS/MS Occupational Therapy Program

Requires an associate's degree in occupational therapy and current COTA license.

You will be applying to Salem State's BS in occupational health studies program, so please review our undergraduate transfer admissions procedures. Movement into the MS occupational therapy program occurs after the completion of the BS occupational health studies program.

The BS/MS is a part-time, evening program that meets the standards, skills, values, and ethics set forth by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Graduates from the master's program meeting all requirements will be eligible to sit for the Occupational Therapy Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Please note that any student who has been convicted of a prior felony may be considered ineligible by NBCOT to sit for the NBCOT exam and may be unable to attain an OT license from the State Licensure Board.

Learn more about the BS/MS program and NBCOT exam.

2. Direct Entry MS Occupational Therapy Program

Requires a bachelor's degree in a major other than occupational therapy from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA.

Because this program requires observation/volunteerism and prerequisites, it is highly recommended you sign up for our mailing list via our online inquiry form. For program of interest, be sure to select occupational therapy direct entry program.

You will be using the graduate admissions application to apply to the direct entry program. Please carefully review our direct entry application requirements and deadlines, which includes information about required observation and prerequisites.

This program is 94 credits and will take four years to complete on a part-time basis in the evening. A cohort model is utlized. It meets the standards, skills, values, and ethics set forth by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Graduates from the direct entry program meeting all requirements will be eligible to sit for the Occupational Therapy Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Please note that any student who has been convicted of a prior felonty may be considered ineligible by NBCOT to set for the NBCOT exam and may be unable to attain an OT license from the State Licensure Board.