Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Stroke. Brain injury. Birth injury. Accidents. Disease. Disability.
Any of these can change a life in a single moment.
But one thing will never change – the desire to live fully and productively.
The Master of Occupational Therapy
The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree is an intensive 97 credit hour program that provides students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills they need to become licensed, practicing members of the profession - and to help clients master the tasks of daily living.
The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
The MOT places a strong emphasis on advocacy, communication, critical reasoning and lifelong learning – skills and activities that distinguish our graduates and empower them to become highly effective professionals.
An undergraduate degree is required for admission to the MOT program, though there is no requirement that the degree be in a specific major; however, there are course prerequisites that a student must meet before he or she will be admitted to the program.
The curriculum itself is sequential.
During the first year, coursework lays a strong foundation in the sciences, ethics, the processes of Occupational Therapy, and multiculturalism. Students gain a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, movement analysis, and neuroscience.
Second year coursework builds on the first year’s foundational courses and teaches students to apply their skills in increasingly complex environments. Several clinical experiences are integrated into second year coursework, and students learn through case method learning and evidence-based research.
The final year is primarily fieldwork that bridges the theoretical with real life practice.
Central throughout the curriculum is the concept of “Occupation.” Occupation includes all of the activities we perform in life – actions, tasks, activities, thinking, and being. Our students are imbued with an understanding of “Occupation” that allows them to design and deliver the most effective interventions for their clients.
Importance of Evidence-Based Practice