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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Science BS/Occupational Therapy MS

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Admission Criteria

  • Complete 8 of the 12 prerequisites
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA of 2.800
  • Complete all UB Curriculum requirements except UBC 399 Curriculum Capstone

Current students wishing to pursue this major must follow the instructions on the Department of Rehabilitation Science.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

Graduate Course Requirements

Occupational Therapy Core (59 credits)

  • OT 520 Fieldwork Seminar II
  • OT 535 Medical Evaluation/Intervention: Neurological and Cognitive
  • OT 536 Medical Evaluation/Intervention: Musculoskeletal, Cardiopulmonary, Integumentary, Oncology
  • OT 547 Home Based Evaluation and Intervention
  • OT 548 Community and Vocational Evaluation and Intervention
  • OT 555 Educational Evaluation and Intervention*
  • OT 566 Occupational Therapy for Underserved Populations
  • OT 572 Level I Fieldwork B
  • OT 573 Level I Fieldwork C
  • OT 574 Level I Fieldwork D
  • OT 575 Project Guidance I
  • OT 576 Project Guidance II
  • OT 577 Project Guidance III
  • OT 586 Management and Administration*
  • OT 587 Applied Management and Administration*
  • OT 589 through OT 598 Special Topics: Advanced Practice
  • OT 618 Professional Development
  • OT 620 Level II Fieldwork A
  • OT 621 Level II Fieldwork B
  • One OT Advanced Elective 
  • CHB 550 Public Health and Population Well Being


*Virtual course

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 85

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 108

Total Graduate Credits Required for Degree: 59

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 167

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Students wishing to enter the professional portion of the BS/MS Occupational Therapy program must apply through the Graduate School Application Manager by January 12 of the year in which they intend to begin the program. This includes students who are reapplying to the program. At the time of application, students must have completed at least eight prerequisite courses including ES 207 PHY 101 OT 201 , and STA 119  and STA 119  , and seventy (70) hours of volunteer work in a US occupational therapy site providing the opportunity to observe interdisciplinary activities, and observe patients/clients in a variety of settings under the supervision of an occupational therapist. Remaining prerequisite and UB Curriculum requirements, except the capstone, must be completed in the Spring semester with grades of C- or better and a semester prerequisite GPA of 2.800 or above. Students may not take prerequisite courses more than twice and may not repeat more than two prerequisite courses.

Students fully admitted to the professional program must maintain a semester GPA of 2.800 in the undergraduate portion and 3.000 in the graduate portion of the professional sequence.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 13 or 14

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 8

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 18

Total Credits: 5

Fourth Year Fall

  • OT 520SEM - Fieldwork Seminar II Credits: 1
  • OT 535LEC & LBR - Med Eval / Rx - Neuro / Cognition Credits: 4
  • OT 536LEC & LBR - Med Eval / Rx - Music / Other Credits: 3
  • OT 572LAB - Level I FW B Credits: 1
  • OT 575LR - Project Guidance I Credits: 3
  • CHB 550LR - Pub Hlth Popultn Wellbng Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

  • OT 547LR & LAB - Home Eval & Interv Credits: 3
  • OT 555LEC - Educ Eval & Interv Credits: 3
  • OT 555LAB - Educ Eval & Interv Credits: 1
  • OT 573 LAB - Level I Fieldwork C Credits: 1
  • OT 576TUT - Project Guidance II Credits: 2
  • OT 620 LAB - Level II A Fieldwork Credits: 6

Total Credits: 16

Fifth Year Fall

  • OT 548LEC & LAB - Comm & Voc Eval and Interv Credits: 3
  • OT 566LEC & LAB - At-Risk Eval & Interv Credits: 4
  • OT 574LAB -  Level I Fieldwork D Credits: 1
  • OT 577LR & TUT - Project Guidance III Credits: 3
  • OT 586LEC - Management and Administration Credits: 2
  • OT Advanced Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Fifth Year Spring

  • OT 587TUT - Applied Mgt & Admin Credits: 2
  • OT 621LAB - Level II B Fieldwork Credits: 6
  • OT 589SEM - Special Topics Credits: 1
  • OT 618LRT - Professional Development Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 167

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

In keeping with the vision, mission, and philosophy of the University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions, Rehabilitation Science Department, and Occupational Therapy Program, graduates of the BS/MS program will:

  • Demonstrate entry-level occupational therapist clinical skills.
  • Analyze trends in occupational therapy service delivery areas, anticipate changes that may have an impact on practice, and advocate for positive change.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based practice by both utilizing and contributing to the occupational therapy body of knowledge through research, writing, presentations, or other scholarly activities.
  • Value the role of occupation in public health for wellness and health promotion among individuals and populations.
  • Recognize the role of culture, socioeconomic status, and other contextual factors on occupational performance and participation of all members of society and promote social and occupational justice to reduce health disparities.
  • Become leaders among their peers through professional service and advocacy.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.


(HEGIS: 12.01 HEALTH PROFESSIONS- GEN, CIP51.2306 Occupational Therapy/Therapist)


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