Overview of the Program

Program Description: Occupational Therapy Masters

Founded in 1913, Georgia State University (GSU) is the largest public research university located in Atlanta, Georgia. GSU enrolls more than 50,000 students and offers about 300 degree and certificate programs in over 100 fields of study at the graduate, baccalaureate, associate, and certificate levels (See GSU description). The Occupational Therapy Masters (OTM) program resides in the well -established B.F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions (BFLNHP), one of the nine schools and colleges that constitute GSU. OTM program prepares students to improve human lives through innovations in research, community engagement, and education in occupational therapy and rehabilitation in general. The rigor and demands of the program match the need of occupational therapy services in dynamic healthcare system that is highly technological and global in nature. Philosophy: The scientific study of humans as occupational beings is a central concept of this master program. This concept is based on the fundamental premise that occupation is an integral part of life and a pre-requisite to participation. The program embraces AOTA vision 2025 and focuses to produce leaders who are able to use creative and critical thinking, as well as clinical reasoning with great effectiveness and efficiency. Curriculum Design and Curricular Threads: The OT curriculum design is built upon “occupation” as a central concept. Progression of knowledge follows 6 threads bound together at an increasing level of complexity by an integrative course in each semester. The threads are 1) Foundational knowledge 2) Understanding the rich complexities of occupation (Individual, Family, Community, Society) 3) Using Occupation as a Basis of Assessment and Intervention 4) Investigating occupation by integrating science and therapy 5) Applying knowledge to practice and 6) Advocacy, leadership, and cultural competency. Number of Cohorts, Number of Students and Start Date: The program admits one cohort of about 40 students each fall. Program Length: The length of the program is 24 months including fieldwork component.