St. Bonaventure University

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Curriculum & Courses

The occupational therapy program at St. Bonaventure University is a professional entry-level master's degree program that prepares students for generalist practice in the field of occupational therapy. It is in compliance with the American Occupational Therapy Association's Standards for an Accredited Master's-level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist. 

Our program is designed for students who have earned a B.S. or B.A. degree in a field other than occupational therapy. The program consists of 72 credit hours divided into two phases that span 23 consecutive months:

  • Classroom Phase, spanning 17 months
  • Level II Fieldwork Phase — consisting of 6 months of supervised fieldwork education and coursework
Students must complete the program in 23 months unless granted a leave of absence for health or personal reasons. 

Student observing client moving from bed to wheelchairFieldwork requirements

In addition to academic coursework, OT students are required to successfully complete fieldwork experiences to effectively apply knowledge within the environmental contexts of therapeutic and efficacious practice.

Students participate in course-related Level I fieldwork experiences beginning in year one and continuing through the second year of the program. The fieldwork experiences differ by site type and population served, and progress to optimize student learning outcomes.

Level I Fieldwork

Level I fieldwork experiences are designed to enrich didactic and lab coursework through directed observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process. In addition, they provide opportunities for students to demonstrate professional behavior and to develop interpersonal skills including understanding and respect for diversity and effective communication.

The program is responsible for contracting with local hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, schools, supported employment and community-based programs for Level I fieldwork experiences, and for ensuring that student experiences meet ACOTE accreditation standards and program goals.

Students are supervised on Level I experiences by faculty and/or site supervisors. Students are responsible for transportation to and from Level I fieldwork sites. 

Therapy session with a baby

Level II Fieldwork

Students are also required to successfully complete 24 weeks of full-time, supervised, Level II fieldwork during year two of the program to fulfill the academic requirements (12 credit hours) for graduation.

These assignments provide students with the opportunity to apply an academically acquired body of knowledge to an in-depth clinical experience in the delivery of occupational therapy service to clients and their families or caregivers. It is an opportunity for students to develop skill and task mastery, and to demonstrate their ability as entry-level practitioners.

The OT student practitioner, as evaluated by AOTA's Fieldwork Performance Evaluation for the Occupational Therapy Student, will demonstrate competencies in the following:
  • fundamentals of practice
  • basic tenets
  • screening and evaluation
  • intervention
  • management of occupational therapy services
  • communication
  • professional behaviors
Level II fieldwork experiences may take place within the United States or in international facilities where the supervising therapist has graduated from a program approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Students participate in Level II fieldwork during the spring and summer semester of the final graduate year. Fieldwork begins in January and is completed in early July. Level II fieldwork experiences must be completed within 24 months of concluding classroom coursework, unless otherwise approved by the program director.

Level II fieldwork courses (OT 710 and OT 720) are graded on a pass/fail basis. In order to earn a passing grade, students must achieve the minimum criterion score on AOTA’s Fieldwork Performance Evaluation for the Occupational Therapy Student, as scored by the fieldwork educator.

Upon successful completion of Level II Fieldwork, the Master of Occupational Therapy (MSOT) is conferred.

Students subject to annual background checks

As a way to ensure clients' safety and comply with requirements set forth by our clinical affiliating agencies, all students in the School of Health Professions are subject to annual background checks that cover state and federal databases, as well as the sex offender registry. They are required to submit specific health information in order to participate in clinical and fieldwork experiences. 

Students who do not comply with these requirements will not be able to participate in clinical learning experiences and will not be able to complete the program. There are no exceptions to this policy. In addition, the results of these reports may or may not disqualify a student from entering or completing the program. 

Some clinical/fieldwork agencies require that students submit to additional background checks. Contracted agencies are at liberty to deny students access to clinical/fieldwork experiences based upon the reports of the background checks. Students who are unable to participate in academic fieldwork within 18 months of completing didactic coursework, based upon the fact that two available contracted agencies refused them access due to negative reports, will be subject to dismissal from the program.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite courses
Students must meet program prerequisites before submitting their application. Please see our Admission Criteria page.

YEAR ONE: Fall Term (16 credits)
  • OT 500. Introduction to Occupational Therapy (3)
  • OT 510. Foundation of Occupational Therapy (3)
  • OT 520. Therapeutic Groups (3)
  • OT 530. Applied Kinesiology for Occupational Engagement (3)
  • OT 540. Occupation-based Activity Analysis (2)
  • OT 550. Health Conditions (3)
YEAR ONE: Spring Term (18 credits)
  • OT 560. Evidence-based Practice (2)
  • OT 570. Occupational Technology (3)
  • OT 580. Life Occupations: Mental Health (3)
  • OT 590. Life Occupations: Pediatrics (3)
  • OT 600. Life Occupations: Adults (3)
  • OT 610. OT Service Delivery: Pediatrics (2)
  • OT 620. OT Service Delivery: Adults (2)
YEAR ONE: Summer Term (9 credits)
  • OT 630. Applied Research Methods (3)
  • OT 640. Issues & Trends in Occupational Therapy (3)
  • OT 650. Management, Leadership & Entrepreneurship (3)

YEAR TWO: Fall Term (18 credits)
  • OT 660. OT Process: Pediatrics (4)
  • OT 670. OT Process: Mental Health (4)
  • OT 680. OT Process: Adults (4)
  • OT 690. OT Process: Older Adults (4)
  • OT 700. Fieldwork Seminar (2)
YEAR TWO: Spring Term (12 credits)
  • OT 710. Level II Fieldwork (6)
  • OT 720. Level II Fieldwork (6)


Course Descriptions