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Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)

The Masters of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program is a professional entry level degree for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a related field.

It prepares generalists who have a particular expertise in incorporating the life span perspective into occupational therapy practice with an expertise in working with children, adults and older adults.  They also explore emerging practice areas such as ergonomics, community accessibility and home modification, low vision services, technology and assistive device development and consultation, and health and wellness consulting. (In Summer 2016, the MOT program will begin a new 80-credit curriculum. The curriculum changes will be posted shortly. For more information, please contact us.) (Read more on our current curriculum.)

The program is designed to prepare students to be holistic practitioners, across the life span in current and emerging practice areas, pursuing the following goals:

  • Clinical excellence
  • Centrality of occupation
  • Evidence based practice application
  • Critical thinking, clinical reasoning and reflective practice
  • Professional identity
  • Collaboration with the community and with other professionals
  • Research and scholarship
  • Cultural competence

Fieldwork is an important aspect of occupational therapy education.  At university selected and approved community based settings; students learn clinical skills through directed observation and experiential learning and apply theoretical knowledge in supervised fieldwork settings.  Fieldwork assignments are made to reflect the scope of occupational therapy practice and the life span. (Read more on Fieldwork.)

M.O.T. graduates are qualified to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination leading to the designation Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Accepted students begin the M.O.T. program in July.