The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is available to students who have already completed a baccalaureate degree. Students may enter this post-baccalaureate professional program if they satisfactorily meet the prerequisite requirements. Upon successful completion of this 2 1/2-year full-time program, they are granted the degree of Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT).
The curriculum for the post-baccalaureate MOT degree is based on a broad foundation of natural science, social science, and humanities obtained in the undergraduate years. The professional component of the curriculum utilizes the broader learning base and builds onto it through the theories of occupation and occupational therapy, which emphasize the importance of meaning and purpose in goal-directed activities or occupations. The courses actively engage students in experiential learning so that knowledge, skills, and attitudes are integrated by “doing.”
In addition to instruction provided by occupational therapy and other university faculty, the resources of clinical afﬁliates in community centers, community outreach programs, long-term care facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and schools in the greater Philadelphia area and neighboring states will be used for many clinical experiences. Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 weeks full-time equivalent of level II ﬁeldwork that are scheduled throughout the United States.
All states in the United States require a license to practice occupational therapy. Each state also has speciﬁc legislation describing the process for obtaining a license to practice and speciﬁc licensure application requirements. The primary criterion for obtaining a license in any state is passing the National Board for Certiﬁcation in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination. In order to be eligible to take the certiﬁcation exam, you must complete all MOT program requirements and all ﬁeldwork must be satisﬁed within eighteen months of completion of the academic work. Currently, a master’s degree in occupational therapy is the minimum degree level required of those entering the ﬁeld.
Please note that a felony conviction may delay or prohibit fieldwork placement, certiﬁcation through NBCOT and could prevent state licensure.
The master of occupational therapy (MOT) program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. ACOTE can be contacted at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301.652.6611, ext. 2042. Their website iswww.acoteonline.org.
Post-Baccalaureate Admission Criteria to the MOT
Students who have earned or will have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the program may be eligible for entrance into the 2 1/2-year MOT program.
Program Admission Criteria
To be considered for admission to the post-baccalaureate MOT program, a student must:
- Have an earned baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.
- Have completed the following prerequisite course requirements:
- 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology
- 1 semester of human growth and development through the life span
- 1 semester of abnormal psychology
- 1 semester of either sociology or cultural anthropology
- 1 semester of physics (either with or without a lab)
- 1 semester of statistics
- 1 semester of medical terminology
- This highly competitive program currently has a minimum cumulative baccalaureate GPA of 3.00 and a 3.00 for prerequisite courses listed above.
- Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) application requires letters of recommendation (letters from OT Practitioners are highly preferred).
- Applicants are required to have 50 hours of volunteer/observation experience in occupational therapy.
- Provide a statement as to why the student wants to enter the profession of occupational therapy. Within this statement, applicants are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of occupational therapy gained from observation, reading, and personal or family experiences.
In addition to the academic and personal qualifications required of students applying for the program, applicants will also be expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of occupational therapy gained from observation, reading, and personal or family experiences with occupational therapy practice. Applicants are encouraged to have volunteer/observation experience in occupational therapy.
Students may get credit for the above courses through the CLEP process.
Please note that the program begins with an intensive neuroscience course, which starts in late May. Prerequisites should be completed by the start of the summer session.
Courses in the PB/MOT Program are delivered primarily onsite, with lab and fieldwork experiences required off-site in the community, and two courses delivered fully online (OT 611 & OT 612). Students are required to complete two level II fieldwork courses for a total of 24 full-time equivalent weeks off-site in the community during the last two semesters of the program.
It is required that students have internet access and satisfactory computer skills to complete course requirements. Assignments may include on-line work, presentation formats, researching the literature, and sending files electronically. Communications with instructors are generally via email and may also be face to face or via the telephone during scheduled office hours or by appointment.
As of 2019, to assist with online learning throughout the program, all new incoming MOT students are required to complete the specified orientation course to the University’s learning management system.
Program Retention Policy
Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (or “P” in pass/fail courses) in all courses with the prefix OT in order to progress in the OT curriculum. If the student earns a “C-” or “D” grade (“D+,” “D,” “D-“) in a course with the prefix OT, the student must repeat the course, earning a grade of “C” or better. The student will be unable to progress to any course for which that course is a prerequisite until the grade of “C” or better is earned. This may impact full-time status and progression in fieldwork and delay the student’s overall progress in the curriculum.
A student may attempt an OT course a maximum of two times to achieve a grade of “C” or higher. An attempt is defined as registered for the course at the end of the drop/add period. If the student does not achieve the required “C” or better grade in the OT course after attempting the course a second time, the student will be dismissed from the program. Students may reattempt no more than two courses with an OT prefix.
If a student receives a grade of “F” in any course with an OT prefix, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the University. Further, if a student receives two grades of “C-” or “D” (“D-,” “D,” “D+”) in one semester, he/she will be administratively withdrawn from the University.
Students must maintain a minimum semester GPA of 3.00 throughout the professional curriculum. Students who fail to achieve a minimum semester GPA of 3.00 will be placed on program probation at the end of the semester. This includes summer semesters in which the student is enrolled in coursework speciﬁed in the MOT curriculum plan. A student who received a third program probation will be administratively withdrawn from the University. Students may not participate in Level II ﬁeldwork while on program probation. Program probation that delays Level II ﬁeldwork will result in a revised schedule, impact financial aid status and cost and a delay in graduation.
Any student who is administratively withdrawn from the academic portion of the program may petition the faculty to be readmitted after a period of one year and no more than 2 years. The student must demonstrate a clear rationale as to why they should be readmitted to the program. There is no obligation for the faculty to readmit a student who has been administratively withdrawn. A student accepted back in the program will be required to complete the failed course(s) and/or an action plan at the discretion of the faculty.
Fieldwork Withdrawal Policy
A student may withdraw at any point from a level I or II fieldwork course for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion and consent of the Fieldwork Education Team. In accordance with the University policy, a student who withdrawals without prior approval will receive an F for the course. Examples of extenuating circumstances include but are not limited to: accident, injury, illness requiring hospitalization, and distress from bereavement.
Fieldwork Completion Time
Students are required to complete all Level II fieldwork within 18 months of completing didactic coursework.
To qualify for the MOT degree, students must successfully complete all required courses. The MOT program takes 2 1/2 years to complete, including summer courses.
Post-Baccalaureate MOT Major Degree Requirements
MOT Curriculum Plan
For students who have completed a baccalaureate degree.
- OT Elective or Independent Study Credits: 3
(Elective courses may be taken at this time or during the following spring, summer, or fall session)
- OT Elective or Independent Study Credits: 3 (Elective courses may be taken at this time or during the following summer or fall session)
The program requires the completion of two elective or independent study courses. There is some flexibility as to when students may take these courses.