Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

           Occupational Therapy is a medical based profession that focuses on assisting individuals to achieve independence in the participation of activities of daily living. Occupational therapists provide services to individuals of all ages who have physical, developmental, emotional and/or social deficits. Graduates of this program will be familiar with the processes and procedures necessary to tailor rehabilitation individually for each client, through evaluation and treatment, and to seek to restore or improve function in occupational performance within the context of the client’s life environments and relationships. Students are trained in OT intervention includes restoration of performance abilities, instruction in compensatory techniques, adaptation of tasks, processes or environments, disability prevention techniques and health promotion strategies.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree is offered within the Department of Applied Health Sciences, which is housed in the School of Nursing and Health Professions. Murray State University offers a unique curriculum designed to introduce the student to the profession of occupational therapy through current research, clinical experiences, and interprofessional collaboration with other health care professionals. The MSOT program is a 24 month continuous, year-round curriculum that strengthens students’ critical inquiry, cultural competence, and patient care skills through didactic and clinical education. Level II Fieldwork is completed on a full-time basis the last two semesters of the program. On completion of all curriculum requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0 graduates of the program 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). *Note All states regulate occupational therapy practice and a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.


The Occupational Therapy Program is applying for accreditation and has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The MSOT program will be offered at the Murray State Paducah Regional Campus with clinical experiences occurring both regionally and nationally.  Students must be prepared to relocate out of the Western Kentucky area for one Level II fieldwork placement, and students must be prepared to bear any costs associated with relocation. These costs include, but are not limited to, transportation to city where the fieldwork site is located and housing. Students must also be prepared to travel more than an hour each way to assigned fieldwork sites.

Students may request an exemption from relocation if they have extenuating situations that would make relocation impossible, such as caring for dependents or personal medical reasons.