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Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)

The Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) 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 program (view current curriculum) 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

View more on educational perspectives, objectives, philosophy and values

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 Community and Fieldwork.

MOT 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 MOT program in July.

Registration and Licensure 

Successful graduates of Temple University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). You must pass the NBCOT examination to become a registered occupational therapist (OTR). Passing the NBCOT examination does not make you automatically eligible to practice in a particular state.

A state practice license is different than being certified from NBCOT. A state license is required to practice occupational therapy in the state you wish to practice. Each state has different licensing requirements. You must check with the licensing agency of the state you wish to practice in for specific requirements. You may not practice in a state where you do not have a license.

A felony conviction may affect your ability to take the certification exam or attain a state license.

Graduation Rates and NBCOT Examination 

The total number of graduates from Temple University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2012-2015 was 125, with an overall graduation rate of 99%.


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Board exam results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx


The Temple University Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by: 
Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
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