Colorado State University
Occupational Therapy
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523

Colorado State University hosts more than 19,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students. Research, teaching, and service further the mission of the University as a premier land grant institution in the U.S. Established in 1948, the Department of Occupational Therapy is one of the flagship departments on campus. Known for its excellence, faculty members procure approximately $1 million per year in grants and contracts; provide local, national, and international student service opportunities through departmental centers and projects; and are committed to innovative teaching strategies and hands-on student learning.

Approximately 60 students are admitted each academic year. Students currently enrolled in the program range in age from 22 to 42 years. The average age is 26. Eight percent of the students are men. Approximately 50 percent of the students are from out-of-state; of those, 3 percent are international students and 16 percent represent varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

CSU alumni are employed throughout the continental U.S. and Hawaii; they provide direct and consultative occupational therapy services to all age groups, from newborns to the elderly, in medical-, school-, community-, and business-based programs. They serve as clinicians, coordinators, supervisors, directors, clinical instructors, academic faculty members and department heads, FW coordinators, and ergonomic/home design/equipment specialists. Students typically find employment within three months of the time they begin their job search.

The Community
Fort Collins, home of CSU, is a midsize city of 119,000 tucked near the Rocky Mountain foothills and 65 miles north of Denver. Transportation to and from Denver International Airport is provided by shuttle service. Fort Collins is within an hour's drive of recreational areas like Estes Park, Horsetooth Reservoir, the 790,000-acre Roosevelt National Forest, and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Programs of study and degree requirements
The Department of Occupational Therapy offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S.O.T.) degree and partners with the School of Education to offer a Ph.D. in education and human resource studies with an emphasis in occupational therapy. The M.S.O.T. offers a two-track graduate program addressing students' educational needs whether they have a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy or another area. The program requires four full-time semesters of on-campus course work and six months of off-campus fieldwork with placements nationally and internationally. The goal of the program is to prepare students for leadership roles as occupational therapists in a variety of health-care arenas. The program focuses on preparation for a broad-based, advanced-generalist practice. The program's comprehensive nature provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to support people of all ages who have special needs. The program is based on a framework that includes experiential learning within individual and teamwork contexts. Specifically, learning focuses on developing strong communication skills, respectful interactions, inclusive leadership skills, and the ability to characterize and solve open-ended problems from occupation and evidence-based standpoints. The curriculum, balanced between theory and hands-on experience, is designed to prepare students to work in traditional and innovative practice environments. Research requirements include a three-to-four-semester group or individual research project. Students are well prepared to matriculate into a doctoral program. Known nationally and internationally for its excellence, the department is ranked among the top ten programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and is recognized by Colorado State University (CSU) as a program of research and scholarly excellence.

Facilities & Resources
The primary research holdings are located in the Morgan Library which holds more than 1.8 million volumes in the collection. The Journal Reading Room contains the most recent issues of approximately 8,000 journal titles. The Online Computer Library Center, Inc., supports electronic access to the collections of 10 million libraries worldwide. Computer labs are available in the library and throughout campus. The Department of Occupational Therapy is home to a virtual laptop computer lab. The lab is an integral part of the learning experience for occupational therapy students. Computers operate off a wireless network throughout the entire Occupational Therapy Building. The laptops, loaded with multimedia software, provide students with learning opportunities both within and outside of the classroom. Facilities for research include the department's Center for Community Participation, the Assistive Technology Resource Center, the Human Development Lab, and the Colorado Injury Control Research Center. Numerous interdisciplinary connections on-campus and throughout the region provide vast opportunities for collaborative research.

Expenses and Aid
Costs: The full-time tuition total per academic year (two semesters) was $4,837 for in-state residents and $16,217 for out-of-state residents. The annual technology fee was $172. Students who establish Colorado state residency prior to their first year of enrollment at CSU typically pay in-state tuition for their second year.

Financial Aid: Two broad categories of financial support are available to students. The first is awarded on the basis of academic merit or skills, permitting the performance of specific services (funding occurs through departmental, College, and University opportunities). The second is demonstrated need (funding occurs through Student Financial Services). More than $90,000 in scholarships is available each year. Students who wish to be considered for such awards must fill out the appropriate applications available through the department and the University. Merit-based awards include departmental, College and University fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, and scholarships. Need-based awards include Federal Direct Loans, Graduate Grants (for Colorado residents only), and Federal Work-Study.

Housing/Living Expenses: For the total academic year (two semesters), the cost for living allowance was $7,250, books and supplies were $900, and incidental personal expenses were $2,000.

Graduate housing is available on campus for single students and families. Off-campus housing information is available through the Off-Campus Student Services located in the Student Center.

How to Apply
Final admission is contingent upon criteria related to the completion of prerequisites and an undergraduate degree. Applications are evaluated year-round according to the following requirements: minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA or sufficient evidence that predicts successful performance, three letters of reference, a personal statement, volunteer/work experience with people with disabilities (strongly recommended), and completion of prerequisite content. Applications should be received by February 1 for full consideration for departmental scholarships and fellowships. Applications are considered until classes are filled.

Who to Contact

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Occupational Therapy
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-0015
Telephone: 970-491-6253


K. Atler, Assistant Professor; M.S., Colorado State, 1986. Community-based learning, neurorehabilitation, older adults.

B. C. Borg, Assistant Professor; M.A., Northern Colorado, 1976. Issues around client-centered practice, the use of art in therapy, supporting quality publication within occupational therapy.

P. Davies, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Wyoming, 1995. Cognitive event-related potentials and brain maturation, assistive technology.

A. G. Fisher, Professor; Sc.D., Boston University, 1984. Occupational therapy theory, development of functional assessments, assessment of motor and process skills.

J. A. Gliner, Professor; Ph.D., Bowling Green State, 1971. Program evaluation, supported employment, community integration.

D. Greene, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Colorado State, 1996. Compensatory movement patterns, biomechanics of musical performance, using community service in education.

J. R. Hanzlik, Professor; Ph.D., Iowa State, 1986. Parent-child relationships, development of intervention programs, leadership.

P. L. Sample, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Colorado State, 1995. Labor services of adults with disabilities, transition planning for students, program development and administration.

K. C. Spencer, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Colorado State, 1995. Occupational therapy in public schools, community-based service systems.

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