Ocupational Therapy Program
The Master of Occupational Therapy degree is a 23 month, 77-credit entry-level professional program completed over the course of five full time semesters. Graduates receive a professional Master of Occupational Therapy degree. The curriculum will be retired once we begin matriculating students into the OTD curriculum.
Our Occupational Therapy program has been continuously accredited since 1946 (see Accreditation page). In 2007, a new performance site was accredited making the OT program available in both Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota.
The MOT program has been and the OTD program is seeking accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449 ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA www.acoteonline.org.
If approved, graduates of the OT 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 examination, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR).
In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Information is available from:
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
(301) 990-7979 FAX (301) 869-8492
The curriculum uses a hybrid educational approach that blends distance (technology-enhanced) and face-to-face instruction. Students come to campus varying amounts of time each semester for face-to-face interaction with other students and faculty. These on-campus sessions (2-3 consecutive days per session) increase in frequency across the semesters. Check out the course sequence page for specifics about face-to-face times on campus.