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.
The Master of Occupational Therapy program begins each year in the summer quarter. The curriculum is built on service, practice, and research representing curriculum content that supports the student's 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.
NOTE: The MOT degree will be offered for one more year. In July 2021, we will begin accepting applications for the Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (EOTD) degree.
Entry-level O.T.D. Program Admission begins mid-July 2021 through OTCAS (OTCAS | Applicant Login Page Section (liaisoncas.com).
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and as of December 2020, has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
The M.O.T program is now closed to admission. We will accept applications for the Entry-level O.T.D beginning July 2021 for the first entry-level O.T.D cohort which will begin in June 2022. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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).
Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 6 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3
After successful completion of the NBCOT exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Program Length2 1/2 years
Possible CareersClinic and hospital settings, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, educational institutions, administration, school-based practice, private practice and community-base agencies.
Application DeadlinesThere are currently no published application deadlines.
- 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 https://otcas.liaisoncas.com/ to create your OTCAS account.
- Application Period: The OTCAS portal will open on July 18 and close on September 30th.
· Human Anatomy with a lab*
· Human Physiology with a lab*
· Human Lifespan Development
· Medical Terminology
*These courses must have been taken within 5 years prior of application to our program.
Discipline Accrediting Agency
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Expected Cost of Attendance
Academic Year 2020-2021
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Books & Supplies||$1,805||$550||$280|
|Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)||—||—||—|
Expected costs for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021, off campus, with a roommate
|Year of Program:||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Room & Board||$16,860||$15,104||$10,889|
- 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.