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Mastering the Dynamic World of Health Care, Practice and Leadership

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program is designed to prepare professionally qualified occupational therapists for a variety of roles including staff, management, research, and other leadership positions in occupational therapy to support intervention models for clients who are limited in their ability to perform developmentally appropriate tasks and roles.

Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that provides services to individuals of all ages whose abilities to cope with the tasks of living are impaired by physical injury or illness, psychological and social disability, or developmental disabilities.

The occupational therapist collaboratively designs the intervention process to meet the unique needs of each client, and through evaluation and treatment, seeks to achieve habilitation restoration or improvement of impaired functions. The goal of occupational therapy is to assist clients in achieving a maximum level of independent living by developing and enhancing the capacities that remain after disease, accident, deformity or disability.

Entry Level Program

The professional program in occupational therapy provides students with the knowledge, techniques, and clinical reasoning skills necessary to assume entry-level positions as registered occupational therapists.

The program requires the completion of general education requirements (38 credit hours) and prerequisite courses (45 credit hours).

Following the successful completion of all general education and prerequisite courses, students may apply for admission to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy-Entry Level Program which is two years of full-time graduate course work (70 credit hours). This is followed by two full-time internships of twelve weeks each.

Students who already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to admission may apply to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy-Entry Level Program which is two years of full-time graduate course work (78 credit hours). This is followed by two full-time internships of twelve weeks each.


The entry-level occupational therapy master's degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD, 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its web address is Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Graduate Data

The total number of graduates from the Saginaw Valley State University entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program during the three-year period of 2017-2019 was 166, with an overall graduation rate* of 91.21%:

Graduation Year Students Entering Students Graduating Graduation Rate
2022 58 57 *
2021 62 56 *
2020 64 58 *
2019 61 53 90.16%
2018 60 56 96.67%
2017 61 61 86.89%
2016 65 57 90.77%
2015 62 61 93.55%

Note:  “Graduation Rate” refers to the total number of students who graduated within 150% of the published length of the program, divided by the number of students on the roster who started the program.

* ”Graduation Rate” cannot yet be calculated for this cohort.

Results of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination

Pass rates are reported for all schools online on a state-by-state basis. Saginaw Valley State University's NBCOT board examination pass rate is now available online at The new graduate pass rate for Saginaw Valley State University's entry-level occupational therapy master's program is as follows, with an overall pass rate of 98% for 2020-2022.

Year % of program graduates who passed NBCOT exam within one year of graduation
2020 98%
2019 100%
2018 100%
2017 100%
2016 100%
2015 100%
2014 98%
2013 100%


Program Cost (Example)

Note: Illustration based on a 3% increase annually, however fees are subject to change.

Current Cost 2023 Spring Semester  2023 Fall Semester 2024 Winter Semester  2023-2024 Academic Year  Total Cost of Program: (2.5-year program)
Tuition $4,329.90 $8,659.80 $8,659.80 $21,649.50 $49,793.85
Student Fee $14.60 $0 $122.00 $136.60 $451.00
Books and Supplies $54.16 $542.21 $610.00 $1,206.37 $4,000.00
Loan Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Distance Education Fees $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $4,398.66 $9,202.01 $9,391.80 $22,992.47 $54,244.85

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