Occupational Science (MAP)

The Occupational Science major is designed primarily for already certified occupational therapy assistants (OTA’s) who hold an Associate of Science (AS) degree and wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in preparation for attending a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) or doctoral program in Occupational Therapy.

Our program continues the occupation-based focus began in a comprehensive OTA program, and includes three OT specific content courses that will be taught by masters-trained and/or doctoral-trained occupational therapists. These foundational courses are supported by an array of holistic courses in psychology, anatomy and biological sciences, nutrition, wellness, informatics, statistics and communications.

Occupational Science Major (30 semester hours for major)

Health Core Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

  • HLSC 301 The American Healthcare System (3)
  • HLSC 304 Statistics for the Health Sciences (3)
  • HLSC 495 Seminar in Health Science (3)

Choose one of the following:

  • HLSC 305 Health Informatics (3)
  • HLSC 307 Health Communications & Promotion (3)

Foundational Core Requirements (9 Credit Hours)

  • HLSC 351 Occupational Science (3)
  • HLSC 453 Elder Cognitive Health & Wellness (3)
  • HLSC 455 Sensory Function Across the Lifespan (3)

Occupational Science Electives (9 Credit Hours)

Choose Three of the Following:

  • BIOL 346 Pathophysiology (3)
  • PSYC 363 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 409 Topics: Health Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 430 Psychology of Injury (3)
  • HLSC 312 Social Gerontology (3)
  • HLSC 322 Health Policy (3)
  • HLSC 330 The Human Body: Structure & Function (3)
  • HLSC 331 Nutrition and Health (3)

Customize Your Curriculum Plan

MAP majors are designed to accommodate the demands of your career and personal life. Most courses are offered multiple times per year within four 10-week terms. This allows you to:

  • Adjust your course load: take only 1 or up to 4 courses each term
  • Choose the pace at which you will complete your program: take courses in just one term each year,or in all 4
  • Customized dual majors and or/minors: Your Health-Related Program Advisor will help you create a curriculum plan to meet your career goals


For additional information, contact Jennifer Baird, Allied Health Programs Advisor, at jbaird@muskingum.edu or

For a complete listing of MAP requirements, policies and procedures please refer to the Muskingum Adult Program Guidebook(pdf).

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