Accredited weekend programs and programs for OTAs seeking occupational therapy (OT) degrees, sorted by State.
Barry University, Miami Shores, FL, offers a full-time, weekend program leading to a master's degree in occupational therapy. The program is tailored for working adults, offering a blended curriculum of weekend classes and distance education. Classes are typically scheduled two weekends per month. Most students complete the program in 2½ years. Applicants may have a baccalaureate degree in any field, but those with a bachelor's degree in a health field are given noted consideration in the admissions process. Applications are due by April 1st with the new cohort starting in late August each year.
Contact: http://www.barry.edu/ot/; (305) 899-3213
Brenau University, North Atlanta - Norcross Campus
Brenau University, Gainesville and Atlanta (Norcross), GA, offers 3 program tracks for the MSOT degree and invites applications from students with prior baccalaureate degrees, or exceptional students with at least 90 credit hours plus a higher GPA, who are seeking an entry-level MSOT.
- Hybrid weekend program, Atlanta (Norcross), GA: Students take an average of 12-13 hours per semester, meet "on ground" every other Friday evening and Saturdays. Substantial online work is required, plus periodic availability for Level I fieldwork. Students are admitted in cohorts which start each January. This program option is designed for those students who wish to work while completing the MSOT.
- Hybrid day program, Atlanta (Norcross), GA: Students take anywhere from 9 to 17 credit hours per semester, meet "on ground" each week for 2-3 days. Substantial online work is required, plus periodic availability for Level I fieldwork. Students are admitted in cohorts which start each May.
- Day program, Gainesville, GA: Students take between 9-17 credit hours per semester, meet "on ground" 4-5 days each week. Online work is required in this more traditional format, plus periodic availability for Level I fieldwork. Students are admitted in cohorts whc start each August.
Contact: Nancy L. Fowler, MS, OTR/L, Admissions Counselor; firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Louisiana at Monroe
The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM), Monroe, LA, offers a full-time program advancing the OTA to MOT entry level by providing a distance learning experience using online courses plus one weekend a month on-campus coursework at ULM. Designed for the working COTA, students can complete the program in 2½ years. Applicants may have a baccalaureate degree in any field, as long as all pre-requisite coursework has been completed. Applications are due by May 1st with the new cohort starting in August each year.
Contact: http://www.ulm.edu/ot/mot.html; (318) 342-1610
Note: This OTM program is currently in the process of seeking accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by ACOTE. A final accreditation decision is scheduled to be made by ACOTE in April 2015 after an initial accreditation visit is conducted.
American International College
American International College, Springfield, MA, offers a full-time, combined BS and entry-level master of science in occupational therapy program (MSOT). OTAs wishing to continue their education will find AIC's 3+2 model just what they need. An individualized transfer credit analysis will be conducted to determine a student's entry-point and time to completion.
Contact: Admissions at (413) 205-3201 for application information;
(413) 205-3204 for information about the program.
Salem State University
Salem State University, Salem, MA, offers a flexible part-time evening program for OT assistants to earn a combined BS/MS degree in occupational therapy. Students will earn a bachelor of science degree in occupational health studies and an entry-level master of science degree in occupational therapy. The OT program was established in 1999.
Contact: OT Web page for information http://www.salemstate.edu/oct/ or contact Dr. Jeanne Corcoran, OT Program Director at email@example.com
or (978) 542-7015.
Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM, advances the OTA to MOT entry level by providing a distance learning experience using online courses plus on-site labs 3 times each semester. New classes are admitted in the fall semester, with application packets due in the month of April. In addition to the OTA associate’s degree, a bachelor's degree in any field is required for admission. For those students needing an online bachelor's degree, WNMU also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Rehabilitation, 100% online.
Contact: (575) 574-5177
Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY, offers a weekend program for a combined BS/MS degree. Classes meet approximately every third weekend for 6 on-campus class sessions each trimester. The BS/MS track is tailored for OTAs and working adults and allows students to complete all academic coursework in 2 years or 6 trimesters for certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs) and 7 trimesters for OTAs without certification. Students who are COTAs transitioning to OTR begin the professional curriculum in January with previous occupational therapy assistant coursework accepted as prerequisites. Students who are OTAs without certification begin coursework in September. Students can also work toward a combined bachelor of arts in social science and BS/MS in occupational therapy using a combination of weekend, evening, online, and accelerated courses for the social science prerequisites.
Contact: (845) 848-6041 or
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, offers a BS in health sciences and an MS weekend program. The BS in health sciences includes all prerequisites for the OT program and can be taken on a flexible part-time schedule. The MS program meets every other weekend, 8 weekends per trimester, for 2 years.
Contact: http://www.mercy.edu/occupationaltherapyms or 914-674-7815
The Sage Colleges
The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY, offers a baccalaureate degree completion program that leads to an MS in occupational therapy after 3 years of coursework plus 2 additional semesters of fieldwork.
Contact: 1-888-VERY-SAGE or 518-244-2217; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, Concord, NC, offers a distance education program designed for working OTAs to progress to entry-level master's degree OTs. The academic curriculum includes both online courses and hybrid courses that meet on campus every third weekend. The program has two tracks: a combined BS in Interdisciplinary Health Studies/MOT track and a MOT track (for OTAs with a baccalaureate degree). The combined BS/MOT track is three years and the MOT track is two years including fieldwork.
Contact: Melanie Glass; email@example.com
Note: This OTM program is currently in the process of seeking accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by ACOTE. A final accreditation decision is scheduled to be made by ACOTE in December 2015 after an initial accreditation visit is conducted.
University of Findlay
The University of Findlay, Findlay, OH, offers a combined BS/MOT degree program to be completed with pre-professional requirements and three years of a professional curriculum, including fieldwork. The program is designed primarily to meet the needs of the working OTA in an every other weekend format and supportive environment. A new cohort begins the professional program in June each year.
Contact: (800) 472-9502 ext. 6936; firstname.lastname@example.org
New England Institute of Technology
New England Institute of Technology, East Greenwich, RI offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) for certified occupational therapy assistants with or without a bachelor’s degree. This program is designed to be a bridge for professionals to move to the next level of responsibility as registered occupational therapists. The program is offered in a weekend format that requires students to be on campus five (5) weekends in each ten-week academic quarter and to participate online during alternate weeks. A student following the MSOT program as outlined will complete the degree in ten (10) quarters.
Contact: Mike Caruso in admissions at email@example.com for application information or http://www.neit.edu/Programs/Masters-Degree/Occupational-Therapy for program information.
Belmont University, Nashville TN, offers a weekend program leading to a master of science degree. The curriculum is delivered via a combination of distance technology and on-site sessions. On-site classes meet year-round approximately every third weekend. Computer use is required for distance coursework. Students can complete all program requirements including fieldwork in 22 months.
Contact: Dr. Lorry Liotta-Kleinfeld, 615-460-6798;
Texas Woman's University
Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, offers an OTA-to-MOT bridging program for OTA's with a bachelor's degree in any field. This part-time distance learning program acknowledges the value of OTA coursework and work experience and adjusts the curriculum accordingly. Our unique program is designed for the working OTA. On campus classes meet on five Saturdays in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Summer classes are 100% on-line. The 3-year academic program is followed by 6 months of fieldwork. We admit a cohort of 15 students each fall.
Contact: http://www.twu.edu/ot/; OT@twu.edu; 940-898-2801
Concordia University, Mequon, WI, offers a weekend program for OTAs that enables them to complete a bachelor of science degree in Rehabilitative Science (BSRS) and proceed to a master of occupational therapy degree (MOT). The teaching format is a combination of online and onsite weekend classes (a total of 29 weekends required). Students can complete both degrees in 12 semesters: fall, spring, and summer (including Level II fieldwork). This program is designed for employed OTAs who have been working in the field for at least one year prior to application.
Meghan Beverung, Assistant Director of Online Admission; firstname.lastname@example.org; (262) 243-4397
Rebecca L. von der Heyde, Department Director, email@example.com; (262) 243-4498
Mount Mary University
Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI, will typically transfer 30 or more credits from an OTA program. Occupational therapy treatment and theory courses are block-scheduled for two full weekdays per week. Liberal arts courses may require attendance one additional day per week. Students earn a combined bachelor of science (BS) and master of science (MS) in occupational therapy in 2 1/2 years after admission to the OT program.
Contact: http://www.mtmary.edu/ot; firstname.lastname@example.org; (414) 256-1219 or (800) 321-6265
Utica College, Utica, NY, offers both a day and weekend schedule of courses leading to a master's degree in occupational therapy. Weekend courses are tailored for working adults, offering a blended curriculum of weekend classes and distance education. The weekend format is particularly attractive to OTAs.
Transfer entry: Highly qualified students with an associate's degree or at least 60 college credits complete all remaining prerequisites in 1-2 years and are then guaranteed entry into the graduate OT program (5 semesters). This transfer option is offered in both the day and weekend format.
Graduate entry: Students with a bachelor's degree can complete either the day or weekend program in 5 semesters. Note carefully the prerequisite requirements for graduate entry.
Both the OT day and weekend programs are highly competitive. Applications must be submitted by January 15th for fall entry.
Contact: John Rowe, Director of Graduate Admissionts; email@example.com