occupational therapy

About the MSOT Program

Spalding University’s Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy was established in 1995. Its Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program is the only master’s level occupational therapy training program in the Metro Louisville region  and one of two graduate programs in the state of Kentucky.

Practice Opportunities

The occupational therapy program curriculum includes a significant focus on practice and emphasizes reflective learning by doing. This type of learning is supported by community partnerships with more than 150 agencies locally, regionally and nationally, including Kosair Charities enTECH Center and the Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF). Through a wide range of fieldwork placements and community-based service learning programs, students gain the entry-level knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for practice, supervision, research and/or teaching.


The MSOT program consists of 90 credit hours taken over a 30-month time period. ASOT offers two program start dates during the academic year:

  • Fall (start date August)
  • Spring (start date January)

For students who do not yet have a bachelor’s degree, but would like to obtain their MSOT, the Bachelor of Science in Health Science and the MSOT program can be completed concurrently.

Learn more about how to apply.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010-2011) the employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow much faster than the average (33 % or more) of all professions through 2020.

Occupational therapists serve is a wide range of work settings, including:

    • hospitals
    • community agencies
    • ambulatory healthcare centers
    • independent living centers
    • public and private schools
    • rehabilitation centers
    • nursing care facilities

To learn more about the practice of Occupational Therapy, please visit the American Occupation Therapy Association (AOTA).


The Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences building offers state-of-the-art lab and classroom facilities designed to foster the learning experience. Many community agencies are easily accessible from our campus, located in downtown Louisville, including a large multi-system medical complex just a few blocks away.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance in the form of loans and graduate assistantships are available. If you wish to apply for financial aid, you must first submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).