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Occupational Therapy

Walsh University

24 months
20350 USD/year
20350 USD/year
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The Occupational Therapy program from Walsh University allows students to pursue a career in one of the nation's emerging fields. Occupational therapy was cited as a Top 25 job for 2017 by U.S.


Occupational therapists work with clients to build or restore their abilities to perform daily tasks or "occupations" by utilizing a holistic approach. Each client is evaluated to determine not only the reason abilities have been impacted, but also to establish a personalized therapy plan that considers an individual’s responsibilities and everyday environment.

The Occupational Therapy program from Walsh University is in the process of developing a hybrid program.  While students would still attend some classes in a face-to-face format, several classes will be offered exclusively online. 

Why should I choose a Master’s program instead of a Doctoral program? 

We get this question a lot!  The most obvious answer is that Master’s programs are shorter in length, so you can graduate and start your OT career sooner!

Graduates of a master’s program and doctoral program take the SAME certification exam from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) even though doctoral students attend classes for additional semesters and have to complete a 16-week experiential component in addition to 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork experience. National board certified occupational therapists only need 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork to apply for licensure in any state.

Employers do not differentiate between an entry-level master’s degree or entry-level doctoral degree in occupational therapy.  Since both are considered “entry-level” degrees, there is no difference in pay after graduation.

Both degrees are appropriate for someone who wants to work as an occupational therapist. The entry-level doctoral degree offers additional semesters focusing on topics such as research, administration, policy development, education, and theory development. An entry-level doctoral degree is appropriate for students who would rather focus on these areas of practice.  Seasoned clinicians often recommend waiting to obtain a doctoral degree until a therapist has been working for a few years and determines an area of OT he or she would like to specialize. At that point, a doctoral degree focused on the therapist’s intended career path can be pursued, making it easier to transition to the intended area of practice. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Performance 
  • Evidence-Based Practice I
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Therapeutic Interventions in Pediatrics 
  • Therapeutic Interventions in Adults and Geriatrics 
  • Conditions in Occupational Therapy 
  • Biomechanics in Occupational Therapy 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree (in progress or completed) must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Complete the Academic History section in OTCAS with every institution attended.
  • GRE scores (quantitative, verbal, analytical writing). At the time of your test you should specify that your results be submitted to Walsh University/OTCAS code 2185.
  • Three letters of recommendation (may be from an instructor, employer, supervisor, or coach)
  • Exposure to the field of occupational therapy by completing a minimum of 20 total observation hours in at least two different locations is required.
  • Login to OTCAS regularly to check the real time status of your transcript verification and completion of references as you may need follow up on these items.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10175 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    20350 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10175 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for North Canton

1034 - 1706 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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