Master of Occupational Therapy
The Master of Occupational Therapy program at ISU is a fully accredited course of study preparing students to sit for the national certification examination and to enter the field as competent occupational therapists, helping their clients do what they want and need to do. Students progress through a curriculum that is grounded in the basic sciences but that emphasizes the importance of knowledge in both traditional and emerging practice areas. They gain an appreciation for such concepts as diversity and rural health and learn to deliver occupation-based treatments as part of an interdisciplinary team according to principles of evidence-based and reflective practice. Students complete all classroom and clinical requirements over the course of eight consecutive academic semesters beginning in the fall and finishing May of their third year. They emerge as skilled generalists, fully prepared to assume entry-level positions in all areas of contemporary occupational therapy practice.
The program will be available at two locations beginning with fall semester 2022, in Pocatello in Southeast Idaho, and in Meridian in the Treasure Valley region of Southwest Idaho. Students are asked to declare a campus preference when applying but are admitted to the program based on the overall competitiveness of their applications, not their campus preferences. Instructional content will be delivered to both campuses simultaneously via state-of-the-art distance-learning technology from an originating classroom with a live instructor to a remote classroom on the other campus. Faculty are based on each campus, thus there will be a balance between campuses because courses will be broadcast both ways from originating classrooms to remote classrooms for various courses. Hands-on laboratory courses will be staffed with on-site faculty on both campuses.