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MS in Occupational Therapy

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Program Information

Hands-on Fieldwork Places Personal Success Within Your Grasp.

West Coast University is offering a concentrated, full-time, two-year program dedicated to the education of proficient, entry-level occupational therapy generalists. When setting out to design our MSOT program, we posed a simple question: What type of educational structure would maximize a student's opportunity for success at an occupational therapy university?

Our answer: An integrated approach, seamlessly blending classroom work, advanced technology and 1,080 hours of in-depth, hands-on fieldwork.

MS in Occupational Therapy

Students are engaged in a lively environment that harnesses the full power of advanced technology. Every aspect of the program occurs face to face -- with no online component. The program also stresses interprofessional education, critical thinking skills, effective written and oral communication, computer proficiency and program literacy. Graduates are prepared to have an understanding of the ethical standards and legal requirements expected of an occupational therapist. What's more, the full-time program has competitive tuition and fees.


The 96-credit curriculum is designed to cover six trimesters over a period of two academic years or 24 months. Two cohorts will be admitted per calendar year — one at the beginning of the spring (January) trimester and the other at the beginning of the fall (September) trimester. The beginning of the trimesters is as follows:

  • MSOT Trimester 1 | 2nd week of January each year
  • MSOT Trimester 2 | Last week of April each year
  • MSOT Trimester 3 | 1st week of September each year

The inaugural cohort was September 2013, with the first class graduating at the end of the summer 2015 trimester.


To view the WCU MSOT Student Handbook, please click here.
To view the WCU MSOT Curriculum, please click here.
To view the WCU Catalog, please click here.
To view the WCU MSOT Fieldwork Education Manual, please click here.

Program Advantages

  • Dynamic learning environment - Dynamic program features include a strong focus on sensory integration therapy, functional vision assessment and intervention, return-to-driving rehabilitation and functional cognitive rehabilitation.
  • Concentrated program - A selective, full-time, two-year masters program, with competitive tuition.
  • Interprofessional education - Placing our occupational therapy students in direct contact with students from other healthcare programs - to give occupational therapists-in-training greater perspective, while building a spirit of cooperation with the interdisciplinary team.
  • Integrated patient care - Energizing classroom lessons into everyday practice.
  • Fieldwork Experience - Begins in the first trimester and continues until graduation.

Continuing Education

After graduation, WCU supports its graduates by providing them ongoing discounted CEs and a complimentary membership to our partner company Contemporary Forums.

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Program Mission

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.

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 interprofessional 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 Learning Outcomes

The student will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors to:

  1. Design 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 practice.
  4. Create interventions with a central focus on occupation as the means and end of the profession’s philosophy.
  5. Employ health promotion and wellness in all interactions with individuals, communities and populations.
  6. Defend and advocate for health care change.
Program Requirements

A student applying for admission to a graduate program at West Coast University must:

  1. Submit a completed application for admission
  2. Meet program admissions requirements
  3. Submit a copy of official transcripts
  4. Participate in a qualitative admissions interview arranged by a University admissions advisor
  5. Complete an enrollment agreement

International Students - Due to the Fieldwork requirements of the MSOT program, the program can only admit students who are US citizens or Permanent Residents.

Program specific application requirements and prerequisites:

  1. Have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Application can be submitted during enrollment in an undergraduate degree program or during completion of prerequisite course work. Anticipated completion dates of course work has to be submitted with the application. Note: In order to be considered for admissions to a specific start date, all course work must be completed and final documentation must be submitted by the corresponding deadline (i.e. for Fall admission the deadline for course completion and submission of final documentation is May 1st; for Spring admission the deadline for course completions and submission of final documentation is September 1st.)
  3. Medical terminology course required. (1-2 credits)
  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:
    • An Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90 with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or
    • An IELTS of 6.5 with no less than 6 on each band score.
    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.
  5. Applicants must have obtained an overall 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) of program prerequisite courses (from accredited universities) within the last ten years.
    • Required prerequisite courses:
      • Two (2) English and or communications courses (1-2 credits each)
      • Two (2) courses in the humanities or social sciences (Anthropology; Philosophy; Religion; Ethics; Cultural studies; Group dynamics) (3 credits each)
      • One (1) Statistics course (3 credits)
      • One (1) courses in Human Anatomy plus lab (3 credits)
      • One (1) course in Physiology plus lab (3 credits)
      • One (1) course in Human Development or Lifespan (3 credits)
      • One (1) course in Abnormal or Behavioral Psychology (3 credits)
    • Student should have:
      • Basic computer skills in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
      • Three (3) references: Two (2) occupational therapists;1 faculty member/advisor
      • A minimum of 40 volunteer or observation hours obtained from an occupational setting of choice
    • Fulltime devotion to this program is highly recommended;  any employment can interfere with the successful completion of this program
    • Application due dates:
      • May 1st for the Fall class (begins in September)
      • September 1st for the Spring class (begins in January)

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. 

Admissions Department
Mary Tatoyan – Admissions Advisor

Fall 2015 Applicants:
Please submit your application for admissions here.

Spring 2016 Applicants:
Please submit your applications for admissions through OTCAS after July 2015. We are currently not accepting applications for Spring until July 2015.


Program Information Disclosure

Data provided for July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 Award Year

Occupation Titles SOC Code Links to Occupational Profiles on O*Net
Registered Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist (OT),  Staff Therapist, Assistive Technology Trainer, Industrial Rehabilitation Consultant 29-1122

Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Certified Low Vision Therapist, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI), Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT)



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Median Loan Debt is the median debt incurred through Title IV HEA loans and other private financing sources by students who complete the program.

On-time Completion Rate/Median Loan Debt: The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program has candidacy status from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE).

The tuition stated above reflects tuition rates during the reporting year (2009/2010) NOT current tuition. To review the terms and definitions for the chart above, or to see the outcome information for WCU's other programs, and to view state disclosure information, click here.

The MS in Occupational Therapy program is available at the following campus:

Los Angeles Los Angeles Campus - Vermont Building
590 North Vermont Avenue • Los Angeles, CA 90004


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