College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus


Occupational Therapy Program

The following curriculum applies to all students who matriculated in fall 2016 or thereafter. For students who matriculated in the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 years, refer to the Midwestern University Catalog for the relevant curriculum listing.

The professional master's curriculum is composed of 42 required course credits (quarter hours) for the first calendar year, 61 required course credits for the second calendar year, and 25 required course credits for the third calendar year, for a total of 128 quarter credits. All courses in each quarter are prerequisite to courses in the subsequent quarter. Fieldwork courses are placed in the first, second, and third years of the curriculum and include two Level I experiences and two 12-credit Level II Fieldwork experiences. OTHED 0636 Fieldwork I-B is offered across three quarters in the second year of the curriculum; each student completes this course in the fall, winter, or spring quarter. Moreover, faculty-guided and supervised experiential learning opportunities in the community are pivotal learning experiences during the second year which reinforce and expand students' mastery of content and skill performance related to occupational therapy evaluation and intervention.

Students' proficiency in evaluation and intervention, independent decision-making and critical thinking are emphasized during Fieldwork II-A and II-B of the curriculum, which occur during the summer and fall quarters of the third professional year. Fieldwork experiences are offered in clinical, community, hospital, school, and other facilities that have a legal agreement with the University and are located throughout the continental United States.

The Midwestern University College of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Program reserves the right to alter its curriculum however and whenever it deems appropriate.

Total Quarter Credits in the Professional Program: 128

First Professional Year:

Total Quarter Credit Hours Required:42
Fall Quarter
CORED 1599Interprofessional Education I1
OTHED 0505Psychosocial Conditions3
OTHED 0510Occupational Therapy Foundations2
OTHED 0520Theoretical Constructs I3
OTHED 0540Occupational Therapy Analysis I2
OTHED 0570Client-Centered Communication2
Winter Quarter
OTHED 0504Human Anatomy4
OTHED 0541Occupational Therapy Analysis II2
OTHED 0560Occupational Roles and Participation3
OTHED 0561Occupational Therapy Analysis III2
OTHED 0586Neuroscience4
Spring Quarter
OTHED 0525Pediatric Conditions3
OTHED 0536Fieldwork I-A2
OTHED 0554Fieldwork Foundations I1
OTHED 0581Kinesiology3
OTHED 0585Evaluation and Treatment I: Foundations5

Second Professional Year:

Total Quarter Credit Hours Required:61
Summer Quarter
OTHED 0628Research I3
OTHED 0637Occupational Therapy Group Process3
OTHED 0643Orthotics3
OTHED 0646Adult Conditions4
OTHED 0655Evaluation and Treatment II: Children5
Fall Quarter
OTHED 0630Research II3
OTHED 0636Fieldwork I-B1
OTHED 0653Upper Extremity Rehabilitation3
OTHED 0657Pediatric Practice3
OTHED 0663Physical Agents1
OTHED 0675Evaluation and Treatment III: Adult4
Winter Quarter
OTHED 0631Research III3
OTHED 0667Psychosocial Practice3
OTHED 0678Administration & Leadership3
OTHED 0685Evaluation and Treatment IV: Seniors4
OTHED 0689Work Rehabilitation2
Spring Quarter
OTHED 0620Theoretical Constructs II3
OTHED 0633Research IV3
OTHED 0651Fieldwork Foundations II1
OTHED 0687Adult Practice3
OTHED 0695Health Promotion and Program Development3

Third Professional Year:

Total Quarter Credit Hours Required:25
Summer Quarter
OTHED 0795Fieldwork II-A12
Fall Quarter
OTHED 0797Fieldwork II-B13

OTHED 0800Independent Study1-3
OTHED 0843Advanced Orthotics1
OTHED 0881Sensory Processing1
OTHED 0885Gerontology1
OTHED 0886Neurorehabilitation1
OTHED 0887Intellectual Disabilities1
PSCID 0879LGBTQI Considerations in the Provision of Healthcare1