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Department of Occupational Therapy College of Nursing and Health Sciences Florida International University

  • Miami, FL
  • Public
  • Urban
  • Not Reported
    student ratio
  • Not Reported
    total students
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    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 15
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered


Two Graduate Level Tracks in Occupational Therapy

The Florida International University occupational therapy (OT) program, housed within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, offers 2 graduate level tracks -- one that prepares students to become entry level occupational therapists, and one that prepares occupational therapists certified at the bachelor's level to earn master's degrees.

The FIU program emphasizes evidence-based practice and cultural competency -- supporting the needs of a diverse student population and providing opportunities for minority and non-traditional students.

Professional Master of Science program

The Professional Master of Science program in occupational therapy prepares students with bachelor degrees in any major to become entry-level occupational therapists. Students attend this program on a full-time basis for 7 semesters including summers. Classes begin each year in the fall term. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Graduates of the program are qualified to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Candidates who successfully complete this exam earn the designation of Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).

Post-Professional Master of Science

Florida International also offers an online Post-Professional Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy for occupational therapists who have been NBCOT certified at the baccalaureate level.

The program consists of 30 credits including the master's project. All courses are taught completely online, with no on-campus requirements. FIU was the first institution to offer a fully online MS program.

Coursework focuses on both evidence-based practice and research which students apply toward their culminating master's projects.

Departmental Emphasis on Research

The FIU Occupational Therapy department places an emphasis on research. Exemplifying this is Professor Dennis McCarthy, who directs the South Florida Community Mobility Research Lab.

Professor Kinsuk Maitra, department chair, has contributed a number of journal articles on various topics, such as OT outcomes for patients with multiple sclerosis, and the association between language and fine motor impairment in school age children.

Professor Amy Paul-Ward is interested in community engagement and has written about social and occupational justice barriers in the transition from foster care to independent adulthood.

Professor Pey-Shan Wen focuses on rehabilitation outcome measurements specifically on functional cognition and participation of individuals with traumatic brain injury. She is also interested in safe driving behavior of older people and their participation in the society.

State-of-the-Art Resources

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers its students a 114,929 square foot state-of-the art simulation teaching and research facility, known as the STAR Center. This resource, which includes a simulation lab and a rehabilitation lab, fosters interdisciplinary instruction and collaboration among the college's several disciplines.

The simulation center features 8 simulation patient rooms, a 15-bed critical care unit, patient simulators, and control rooms for computerized patient care scenarios. The rehabilitation center hosts the hallmark Human Performance Lab, containing sophisticated teaching and research tools and equipment that concentrate on human movement and injury prevention.

Other labs in the rehabilitation center focus on the areas of activities of daily living, neuromusculoskeletal learning, rehabilitation, gait analysis, pediatrics, audiology, speech and language, and therapeutic activities.

A Large University That Fosters Diversity

Florida International University is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, and serves more than 47,000 students. FIU is the largest university in South Florida and one of the 25 largest public universities in the nation. The university welcomes diversity, as seen by its ethnic mix -- with a majority of Hispanic students and many other minorities.

The main campus sits on 344-acres on the western edge of Miami. The campus features a performing arts center, a recreation center, an expanded university center, and a 4,500 seat arena and a football stadium.

Location & Contact

Department of Occupational Therapy

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Florida International University

11200 Southwest 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
United States

Dr. Kinsuk Maitra


Phone: 305-348-2922

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Occupational Therapy Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $30
    • Application Fee - International $30
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in upper-level course work, letter of intent, and 3 letters of recommendation, resume
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchSenior transportation and driving, foster care, adolescent transitions, independent living skills development, family and patient-centered care, aging, quality of life, social justice, cognition
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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