About the Program Occupational Therapy (MS)
The Occupational Therapy Program at Barry University offers an innovative curriculum that leads to a Master of Science degree and prepares you for certification as a registered occupational therapist. On-campus weekend and online sessions are scheduled every semester, so that adults may continue to work or raise their families while preparing for a professional career.
- The program integrates face to face and distance education.
- Students complete a 12-week full-time fieldwork placement in a general rehabilitation or skilled nursing center after the first year of study, and another full-time fieldwork placement after the second year. The program can be completed in two and a half years.
- No credit is awarded for experiential learning or work experience.
- Students are required to have computer access and web cam.
- The faculty at Barry University work as occupational therapists, while teaching on weekends. Their dedication to alternative education for adult learners makes them unique.
Melisa Conti, Class of 2018
I am a lifelong learner and this program fostered and fueled my love for learning. One truly unique aspect of the program is the diverse backgrounds of the students (teachers, occupational therapy assistants, IT professionals, and more). This made for having higher level classroom discussions.
Karen Hoglund, Occupational Therapist
The program’s academic and clinical training allowed me to enter this distinctive profession fully prepared and with confidence. The professors and support staff helped me to identify and further develop the life skills I already had to become the professional occupational therapist I set out to be!
Jamie Williams, Occupational Therapy Student
It's worth commuting from Louisiana twice a month for the unique experience of working full-time and going to school on the weekends. I get the best of both worlds!
Laura Polsky, Occupational therapy student
I chose the occupational therapy profession because I enjoy working with people and watching them progress to a better life. When I graduate, I plan to continue working with the traumatic brain-injured population in a community re-entry setting.