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1. What requirements do I need before I apply?

To apply to the Salem State 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

To apply to the Salem State Direct Entry OT program you must submit:

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two references. Select either professional or academic references (family and friends are not appropriate sources of references). You will be asked to enter the contact information for your references into the online application, and upon doing so your references will receive an email asking them to type and submit their comments online.
  • Statement of purpose. Please upload your statement of purpose into the online application.
  • Certificate of completion of medical terminology course.
  • Volunteer/observation form

2. When can I start the OT classes?

In order to begin the OT coursework, you must complete the prerequisite and support course work on the occupational health studies flow sheet. Those applying to the BS/MS program must also pass the Salem State occupational therapy competency exam.

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

Yes, you may apply to the Salem State OT Direct Entry program.

4. Do you have an online or weekend program?

No, both the BS/MS OT and direct entry programs are 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. You need to be prepared to be on campus two nights a week, with the first class starting at 4:30 pm.

5. How, when and where can I apply?

Applications can be completed online through the admissions office. For the BS/MS program, this is located in undergraduate admissions. The direct entry is a graduate program.

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. 

Once a student has completed the prerequisites and support courses, they can begin the direct entry OT professional course work which takes four years to complete. The four-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 Occupational Therapy page.

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, which lists all of the OT schools in the country and what their programs entail.

9. 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 visiting admissions or checking out our events page.

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

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

11.  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.

12. 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.

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