Occupational Therapy

Program overview

Occupational therapy (OT) is a medically-based profession that focuses on promoting independence for clients to increase their successful performance with activities of daily living (ADL). Occupational therapists provide skilled services to individuals of all ages who may experience any combination of physical, developmental, cognitive, emotional, and social difficulties. Graduates of the occupational therapy program will be familiar with the processes and procedures necessary to tailor rehabilitation individually for each client, through evaluation and treatment, and to restore or improve function in occupational performance within the context of the client’s life environments and relationships. If you are accepted into the OT program, you will develop and implement OT interventions including: restoration of performance abilities; instruction in compensatory techniques; adaptation of tasks, processes or environments; disability prevention techniques; and health promotion strategies.

Study in Paducah, Kentucky

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree is offered within the School of Nursing and Health Professions, located on the Paducah Regional campus (4430 Sunset Ave, Paducah KY 42001).

Murray State University offers a unique curriculum designed to introduce you to the profession of occupational therapy through current research, clinical experiences, and interprofessional collaboration with other health care professionals.

The MSOT program is a 24-month continuous, year-round curriculum that strengthens your critical inquiry, cultural competence, and patient care skills through didactic and clinical education. Level II Fieldwork is completed full-time, the last two semesters of the program. Upon completion of all curriculum requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0, graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

For OT Program inquiries, please contact:

Dr. Sherri Powers, OT Program Director

Graduate Programs Tuition & Fees

2021-2022 OT Student Handbook

2022-2023 OT Student Handbook

Student and Program Outcomes

Perspectives of the 2nd OT cohort, graduating class of 2021 see pages 69-71


Cost of attendance 2022-2023*

OT Program Fee Additional Comments*
Tuition(Program is 72 credit hours) Regional rate: $617.50 per credit hour; (~$44,460 total) Non-resident rate: $617.50 per credit hour; (~$44,460 total) Graduate tuition rates are subject to change based on the annual review by the Murray State Board of Regents and CPE.
Fees $25 course fees; $200 total 8 courses
Housing Varies for private lease/ rentals No campus housing available for graduate students at the Paducah Regional Campus.
Fieldwork Varies for relocation, living expenses, food, travel, clinical clothing, health insurance, physical exams, etc  
Professional Memberships AOTA - $150 KOTA - $60 SOTA - $90  
Supplies Estimate $200 to $250 Including goniometers, gait belt, polos/khakis, splint kits, BP/stethoscope
Textbooks Estimate $3,000 for program Many textbooks are used in multiple courses
Clinical Simulation Access $300  
Student Liability Insurance Estimate $80 for program  
CPR for Healthcare Provider $100 for program  
Data Management System (for immunization records) $100  
Test Prep Workshop for Boards $300  
NBCOT Certification Exam Estimate $555  
Applyication Fee Estimate $200 Graduate school application, OTCAS
Graduation Estimate $350 Regalia, OT pin, graduation application, etc.
Other Incidentals Estimate $400  
Estimated Cost of Attendance for the 2 year program Estimate $50,595  

* All of the information listed is subject to change and is an estimation only to help
students and families plan for potential educational needs. Please see the Graduate Tuition Rates webpage for the most updated information.

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