Program Description

PROFESSION

Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan from infants to older adults, who face physical and psychosocial health challenges that impact their ability to engage in meaningful life roles and activities.  They evaluate the patient; develop collaborative treatment goals with the patient; and design evidence-based interventions to assist patients in gaining life skills.

Essential to the role of occupational therapy is an interest in the behavioral sciences. Those interested in occupational therapy must have strong leadership abilities and interpersonal skills to build a therapeutic rapport with the clients and families that they serve.   The diversity of occupational therapy in helping people to live life to its fullest allows for applicants to have a variety of educational backgrounds and life experiences. 

PROGRAM
The Master of Occupational Therapy program begins each year in the summer quarter. The curriculum is built on service-learning, practice, and research representing curriculum content that supports the student's progressive growth and knowledge. Students complete two Level I fieldwork experiences, a service-learning project in the local community, and two 3-month fieldwork experiences to enhance their skills as an entry-level practitioner.

The MOT program is primarily a “Face to Face” (F2F) program where students use the University’s Learning Management System, Canvas, to supplement the F2F learning experience. One core MOT classis a distance education (DE) class offered online through Canvas and incorporates best practices in DE, such as having substantial interaction between faculty and students, and incorporating active learning opportunities. The University has a Canvas tutorial in the student’s application registration portal with instructions on how to use the Learning Management System. While in the program students may take occasional hybrid classes taught by other departments.  


Program website: http://www.llu.edu/allied-health/sahp/ot/otwelcome.page

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Program Length

2 3/4 years

Possible Careers

Clinic and hospital settings, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, educational institutions, administration, school-based practice, private practice and community-base agencies.

Application Deadlines

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

  • Previous Bachelor's degree earned at an accredited college/university
  • All prerequisites must be from regionally accredited colleges/universities, and be complete by December of year applying.
  • Minimum cumulative and pre-requisite GPA of 3.2
  • Three personal recommendations
  • 40 documented observation hours in OT settings.
  • Grades below a B- will not be accepted.
  • Apply at Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).  MOT applicants must first apply to OTCAS; please visit www.otcas.org to create your OTCAS account.
  • Application Period: The OTCAS portal will open on July 18 and close on September 30th.

Prerequisites

· Human Anatomy with a lab*
· Human Physiology with a lab*
· Human Lifespan Development
· Statistics*
· Medical Terminology

*These courses must have been taken within 5 years prior of application to our program.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

The MOT program is accredited by the American Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).  Graduates of this program will be able to take the national certification examination for occupational therapy administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this examination, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Students are eligible for membership in The American Occupational Therapy Association and Occupational Therapy Association of California.

Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2019-2020

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2Year 3
Tuition$39,200$30,100$16,100
Fees$3,520$3,520$2,640
Books & Supplies$1,705$500$230
Instruments
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total$44,425$34,120$18,970

Notes

Expected costs for the 2019-2020 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

The cost of attendance varies from year to year.  Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs. Membership fees, books, and lab fees are estimated at $3,100.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2019-2020, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2Year 3
Months enrolled12129
Room & Board$15,540$13,598$10,036
Transportation$3,840$3,360$2,480
Personal Expenses$2,760$2,415$1,783

Notes

  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.