The Western Michigan University Department of Occupational Therapy offers a five-year program which leads to the completion of two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary health services and a Master's of Science in occupational therapy. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education requires a master's degree for the practice of occupational therapy. Students must apply and be admitted to the Occupational Therapy program.
Notes regarding pending changes to the 4+1 program:
Changes are being planned for the 4+1 program as the Department of Occupational Therapy is developing its Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program, which will take the place of its current master's degree program.
• Students currently accepted in the 4+1 program will be able to finish their MS in OT.
• The last deadline to apply to the 4+1 program will be Sept. 1, 2019, for a spring 2020 admission.
• The OTD program is tentatively scheduled to start the first cohort in fall 2020 and will replace the current MSOT program.
Pre-professional sequence - must be completed prior to application
BIOS 1120: Principles of Biology
BIOS 2400: Human Physiology
HSV 2250: Growth, Development and Aging
OT 2000/2010: Functional Anatomy and Lab or BIOS 2110: Human Anatomy
OT 2020: Orientation to Occupational Therapy
PSY 1000: General Psychology
PSY 2500: Abnormal Psychology
COM 1700: Interpersonal Communication I or HSV 4860: Health Literacy Practices
HOL 4700: Relationship-Centered Skills
HSV 3650: Information Literacy in the Health Sciences or Proficiency Exam
(this class or exam is required as a prerequisite for HSV 4780)
HSV 3700: The Health System and Its Environment (formerly HSV 4810)
HSV 4100: Legal Issues in Health and Human Services
HSV 4400: Diversity and Inclusion in Health and Human Services
HSV 4780: U.S. Policy in H&HS (Baccalaureate-Level Writing Course)
HSV 4800: Health Services Practice Management
HSV 4880: Psychosocial Issues in Health and Human Services
OT 4700: Functioning of the Older Adult
PHIL 3340: Biomedical Ethics
Occupational therapy concentration
OT 3700: OT Process
OT 3740: Disabling Conditions
OT 3750: Applied Neurology
OT 3760: Functional Assessment
OT 3810: OT Practice I
OT 3820: OT Practice II
OT 3830: OT Practice through Life
OT 3840: OT Practice and Therapeutic Process
OT 4720: Occupational Analysis and Adaptations
OT 4750: OT Practicum I
OT 4790: Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
OT 4820: OT Practicum II
OT 5735: Cognition and Visual Perception in OT
OT: Approved OT Elective