Occupational Therapy (MSOT), Master of Science Degree - Texas

Program Location Texas
Program Credits 90 Credits
Program Length 6 Trimesters, 90 Weeks
Time to Complete 24 Months

*Program length may vary

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1122.00, 29-1122.01



The launch of Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree program at the Texas campus has been postponed, and the program is not enrolling at this time. Students interested in enrolling into an active MSOT degree program are encouraged to apply to WCU’s Center for Graduate Studies located in Los Angeles, California.

Program Mission: Our mission is to develop caring and competent entry-level generalists who are lifelong learners and who can develop into advocates and leaders for the Occupational Therapy profession in diverse local and global communities. Through a student-centric and inter-professional curriculum, the students will be prepared to be reflective practitioners by applying principles of evidence-based practice, research, and critical thinking to facilitate the well-being of consumers through engagement in valued occupations and as it relates to health promotion, prevention, and wellness.

Program Objective: West Coast University’s Occupational Therapy Program is based on the belief that all humans are occupational beings in nature, and in the healing power of occupation whereby humans can influence their own health status. Occupational engagement and thus occupation-based interventions are therefore the central theme of the curriculum.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy students will be able to:

  1. Develop and implement client centered care that is inclusive of cultural values, beliefs and needs.
  2. Demonstrate effective communication skills to function effectively as a member of an inter-professional health care team.
  3. Support all clinical decision making with evidence based knowledge.
  4. Design interventions with a central focus on occupation as the means and end of therapeutic processes, in line with the profession's philosophy.
  5. Integrate health promotion and wellness in interventions with individuals, communities and populations.
  6. Model leadership and advocacy for occupational therapy in the full range of service areas.

Admission Requirements

A student applying for admission to a graduate program at West Coast University must:
  1. Submit a completed application for admission with all admissions requirements through the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy system (OTCAS) and pay $75 application fee through WCU.  
  2. Meet the program admissions requirements.
  3. Submit a copy of official transcripts through OTCAS.
  4. Participate in a qualitative admissions interview arranged by the admissions department.  

  a. Engage in interview with faculty member or the Dean

  b. Draft an essay on given topic.

  5.  Complete an enrollment agreement if accepted into the program.

  6.  All requirements must be met by the application deadline in order to be considered.  

Program specific application requirements and prerequisites:
  1. Have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Overall last 60 semester units must meet a 3.0 minimum GPA.  
  2. Application can be submitted during enrollment in an undergraduate degree program or during completion of prerequisite course work.  However, pending coursework/undergraduate degree along with and all other requirements must be completed, met, and verified through OTCAS by the deadline in order to qualify.  
  3. Medical terminology course required. 
  4. Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree in a non-English speaking country must have verification of the following scores within two years of intended enrollment:  
  5. An Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90 with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or 
    1. An IELTS of 6.5 with no less than 6 on each band score.  
    2. Students whose native language is English and/or students with a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university are exempted from this examination.  
  6. Applicants must have obtained an overall 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) of program prerequisite courses (from accredited universities) within the last ten years and with a grade of a C or better.  
    1. Required prerequisite courses:
      • Two (2) courses in the humanities or social sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Humanities, Anthropology; Philosophy; Religion; Ethics; Cultural studies; Group Dynamics - 3 semester units each).
      • One (1) Statistics course. (3 semester units)
      • One (1) course in Human Anatomy plus Lab (3 semester units).
      • One (1) course in Physiology plus Lab (3 semester units).
      • One (1) course in Human Development or Lifespan (Human Growth & Development, Developmental Psychology, Lifespan Psychology (3 semester units).
      • One (1) course in Abnormal or Behavioral Psychology (Abnormal Behavior, Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathology, Behavioral Disorders) (3 semester units). 
      • One (1) course in Advanced Writing (3 semesters units)

b. Student should have:

      • Basic computer skills in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
      • Three (3) references: One (1) occupational therapists; two (2) faculty member/advisor/employer.
      • A minimum of 40 volunteer or observation hours obtained from an occupational therapy setting of choice or multiple settings.

c. Full-time devotion to this program is highly recommended; any employment can interfere with the successful completion of this program. 

d. In order to be considered, all program specific admissions requirements and prerequisites must be met by the deadline posted on OTCAS:  

  • The University reserves the right to deny admission to applicants if the admissions requirements are not successfully met.  The denial of admissions is final and may not be appealed.

  • Candidates - Once the applicant becomes an eligible candidate, a $500 deposit (Cashier’s Check or Money Order only) is required as part of the acceptance to the MSOT program offered at WCU.  This requirement will also be mentioned in the acceptance letter from the Occupational Therapy Department. 

    Health Insurance Requirement - Students enrolled in the MSOT program will be required to provide evidence of health insurance prior to participation in fieldwork.  Participation in fieldwork is required to complete the program. 

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program does not allow advanced placement, transfer credit, or substitution of course work based on previous experience.  

Please refer to OTCAS (www.otcas.org) for additional details about admissions requirements.  

MSOT Candidate Deposit

Applicants that are conditionally accepted to the MSOT program will be required to submit a $500.00 good faith payment for a Seat Deposit. The Seat Deposit will be credited to your program costs. The University will retain a maximum of $175.00 of this deposit should you cancel your enrollment within seven calendar days (excluding holidays) of enrollment or by the seventh calendar day of the first term, whichever is later. Deposits may be paid by money order or cashier's check made out to West Coast University.

For specific graduation requirements, please see the MSOT Graduation Requirements.


Clinical Requirements

The program has five fieldwork opportunities. Fieldwork Level I is 1 week each in trimesters 2; 3; 4 covering the life stages of the Older Adult, Adult, and Child & Adolescent (40 hours each). Fieldwork Level II takes place in trimester 5 and 6 and each 15 weeks in length (510 hours each). Fieldwork serves to synthesize skills, knowledge and professional attitude in real life situations.

Program Information and Disclosures

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program Accreditation Disclosure

More information about the NBCOT examination process is available at: www.nbcot.org.

The WCU entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MSOT) program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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, all 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.

Students enrolled in the MSOT program will be required to provide evidence of health insurance prior to participation in fieldwork.  Participation in fieldwork is required to complete the program. 

MSOT Curriculum


Core Occupational Therapy Courses

OCC 610Occupational Therapy Practice and Profession


OCC 611Theory of Fieldwork I


OCC 612Theory of Scholarship and Research


OCC 613Evaluation and Assessment I


OCC 614Clinical Skills and Procedures


OCC 615Human Movement in Occupation


OCC 620Occupational Performance: Older Adult Population


OCC 620LOccupational Performance: Older Adult Skills Lab


OCC 621Preparation for Practice: I-Older Adult


OCC 622Evaluation and Assessment II


OCC 623Occupations and the Brain


OCC 624Occupations through the Lifespan


OCC 625Evidence in OT Practice I


OCC 630Occupational Performance: Adult Population


OCC 630LOccupational Performance: Adults Skills Lab


OCC 631Preparation for Practice: I - Adult


OCC 632Evidence in OT Practice II


OCC 633Modalities in OT Practice


OCC 634Technology in OT Practice


OCC 640Occupational Performance: Child and Adolescent Population


OCC 640LOccupational Performance: Child and Adolescent Skills Lab


OCC 641Preparation for Practice: I - Child and Adolescent


OCC 642Theory of Fieldwork II


OCC 643Modalities in OT Practice II


OCC 644Community and Wellness Interventions


OCC 645Leadership and Advancement in OT Practice


OCC 650Preparation for Practice II-A


OCC 660Preparation for Practice II-B (Fieldwork II-B)


Total Credit Hours:90.0

MSOT Program Costs

For program costs, please see the Graduate Tuition and Fees section.