Degree Requirements

The 76-credit program consists of four academic trimesters followed by two 12-week experiences of full-time supervised clinical fieldwork. Each academic trimester includes courses that span the trimester. Course work during the academic trimesters is completed during the day and evening as a full-time cohort. The supervised clinical fieldwork is full-time with the hours determined by the clinical site.
The full time program sequence is completed in two calendar years including summers. Successful completion of all course work, level I and II fieldwork, a completed portfolio, and the Capstone project, poster presentation, and defense are required for graduation. Level II fieldwork experiences must be successfully completed within 24 months of completion of coursework. Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or attain state licensure. Some fieldwork sites require students to undergo criminal back ground and/or substance use checks, and or fingerprinting. The costs for these checks are the student’s responsibility.

Within the program, a passing grade on any individual course is a C or above. Any course with a grade below a C will result in the need to retake that course. Students must successfully complete all first trimester foundational courses as they are prerequisite to subsequent trimesters. All graduate students at Sacred Heart University must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to obtain a degree from this University.
At the end of each trimester, all student's academic standing and progress are reviewed by the faculty. Students whose trimester GPA falls below a 3.0 will be referred to the Professional Performance Committee who will determine the student's academic standing or continuation in the program. Students whose GPA falls below a 2.75 in any trimester will be recommended to the Dean of the College of Health Professions for dismissal from the Program.
Students must successfully complete all first trimester courses and all occupational therapy program problem-based learning, clinical laboratory, topics, and Level I fieldwork courses prior to beginning Level II fieldwork. All Level II fieldwork must be successfully completed within 24 months of course work completion. The Capstone project, professional poster presentation and defense is a graduation requirement.

Required Courses 

Fall Trimester, Academic Year One: Full Trimester

  • OT 501 Intro to OT (3cr)
  • OT 546 Human Occupation & Activity Analysis (3 cr)
  • OT 505 Health Policy and Law (2 cr)
  • OT 504 TUOS (2 cr)
  • OT 523 Applied Functional Anatomy & Neuroscience (4 cr)
  • OT 524 Human Conditions Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
  • OT 525 Health & Wellness: Personal Journey (.5cr)

Spring Trimester Academic Year One: Full Trimester

  • OT 503 Research I (2 cr)
  • OT 526 Topics in Mental Health (2 cr)
  • OT 527 PBL in Mental Health (3 cr)
  • OT 528 Clinical Lab in Mental Health (5 cr)
  • OT 529 Level I FW & seminar: Mental Health (.5 cr)
  • OT 530 Groups (2 cr)
  • OT 543 Needs Assessment & Program Development (3 cr)

Summer Trimester Academic Year One: Full Trimester

  • OT 531 Research II: Single Subject Design (2 cr)
  • OT 542 Health, Prevention & Well-being (2 cr)
  • OT 574 Topics in Adults & Geri (2 cr)
  • OT 575 PBL: Adults & Geri (3 cr) 
  • OT 576 Clinical Lab: Adults & Geri (5 cr)
  • OT 577 Level I FW & Seminar: Adults & Geri (1 cr)
  • OT 578 Capstone I: Planning, Permissions, & Approval (1.5 cr)

Fall Trimester Academic Year Two: Full Trimester

  • OT 545 Topics in Pediatrics & Adolescence (2 cr)
  • OT 549 PBL: Pediatrics & Adolescence (3 cr)
  • OT 547 Clinical Lab: Pediatrics & Adolescence (5 cr)
  • OT 548 Level I FW & Seminar: Pediatrics & Adolescence (1 cr)
  • OT 607 Leadership & Management  (3 cr)
  • OT 608 Capstone II: Implementation (1.5 cr)

Spring Trimester Academic Year Two:  Full Trimester

  • OT 691 Level II FW (4 cr)
  • OT 609 Portfolio (1 cr) *may be offered in Spring or Summer Trimester of Academic Year 2

Summer Trimester Academic Year Two: Full Trimester

  • OT 693 Level II FW (4 cr)