Stroke. Brain injury. Birth injury. Accidents. Disease. Disability. Any of these can change a person's life in a single moment. But one thing will never change -- the desire to live fully and productively. That's where you, the Occupational Therapist, play a key role.

Occupational Therapy pinThe Master of Occupational Therapy degree is an intensive, 98 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 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.


The Occupational Therapy program has full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Graduates of the program are able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.  A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states, including Illinois, require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

American Occupational Therapy Association
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association 
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone: 301.652.AOTA

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.

12 South Summit Avenue Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
Phone: 301.990.7979
Fax: 301.869.8492

MOT Program Outcomes

To meet Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)  requirements, the total number of Master of Occupational Therapy graduates and the total number of first-time test takers of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam for the calendar year(s) 2010-2012 are provided below.  

The total number of graduates who passed the NBCOT certification examination as first-time new graduate test-takers in 2010–2012 was 50 out of 74, which is a pass rate of 68%. During that three-year time period, the program had 75 graduates. 

The MOT students graduate in December of one calendar year and are not eligible to take the NBCOT exam until the following calendar year. Of the 74 graduates who were eligible to take the NBCOT certification examination as first-time new graduate test-takers in 2010-2012, the all-time pass rate on the NBCOT certification examination is 93%.

 Master of Occupational Therapy Mission, Vision and Values: 

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