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 Occupational Therapy Master's Program (MOT) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. MOT graduates will be eligible to site for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT reg).
The Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program (OTD) has received candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The OTD program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to site for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
AOTA is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
After successful completion of the NBCOT exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. All students (MOT and OTD) must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
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.