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2013-2014 University Catalog 
    
2013-2014 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Therapy – Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


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This track toward a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) is no longer accepting students. Prospective students interested in pursuing an MOT should refer to the Post-Baccalaureate MOT degree track following this section. This section contains the degree requirements for students currently enrolled in the BSHS/MOT program with an anticipated graduation date of May 2015 or earlier.

The curriculum for the first and second years of the BSHS/MOT program provides a broad foundation of natural science, social science, and humanities upon which the professional courses are structured. The professional component of the curriculum is based on the theories of occupation and occupational therapy, which emphasize the importance of meaning and purpose in goal-directed activities or occupations. The courses will actively engage the student 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. There are two three-month clinical education components to the curriculum that may be scheduled throughout the United States.

With very few exceptions, all states require a license to practice occupational therapy. Applicants for a license must have a degree in occupational therapy from an accredited occupational therapy program and a passing score on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. A master’s degree in occupational therapy is the minimum degree level required of those entering the field. Licensing requirements vary from state to state, and students can obtain information by contacting the appropriate licensing board. Please note that prior felony convictions may affect one’s ability to become certified or licensed.

Students who are applying to take the NBCOT exam are required to pass a NBCOT practice exam and present evidence of passing to the Occupational Therapy Department chairperson with the exam application. Applications will not be processed and submitted to NBCOT without this evidence.

The integrated BSHS/MOT program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you have questions or comments, please contact ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Dept., AOTA, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, www.acoteonline.org, or 301.652.6611 ext. 2914.

BSHS/MOT Integrated – Class of 2014 (Catalog Year 2009)


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 occupational therapy curriculum. If the student earns a “C-” or “D” grade (“D+,” “D,” “D-”) in a course with an OT prefix, 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 achieved the required “C” or better grade in the OT course after attempting the course a second time, the student will be dropped 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 dropped from the OT program. Further, if a student receives two grades of “C-” or “D” (“D-,” “D,” “D+”) in one semester, he/she will be dropped from the OT program.

Students must maintain a minimum semester GPA of 2.75 throughout the professional curriculum. Students who fail to achieve a semester GPA of 2.75 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 BS/MOT curriculum plan. A student who receives a third program probation will be dropped from the program. 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 and a delay in graduation.

Dropped from Program


Any student who is dropped from the BS/MOT program may petition the faculty to be readmitted after a period of one year. The student must demonstrate a clear rationale as to why he/she should be readmitted to the program. There is no obligation for the faculty to readmit a student who has been dismissed.

Fieldwork Completion Time


Students are required to complete all Level II fieldwork within 18 months of completing didactic coursework.

BSHS/MOT Integrated – Class of 2015 (Catalog Year 2010)


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 occupational therapy curriculum. If the student earns a “C-” or “D” grade (“D+,” “D,” “D”), 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 achieved the required “C” or better grade in the OT course after attempting the course a second time, the student will be dropped from the program.

If a student receives a grade of “F” in any course with an OT prefix during the professional phase of the curriculum (P1–P3), the student will be dropped from the OT program. Further, if a student receives two grades of “C-” or “D” (“D-,” “D,” “D+”) in courses with an OT prefix in any one semester, he/she will be dropped from the OT program. Students who are dropped from the program prior to completion of the BSHS degree have the option to change their major to BSHS in health science or another undergraduate option; please refer to the procedures for Changing Majors as outlined in the USciences Student Handbook and University Catalog. Students who have completed the BSHS degree are not eligible for this retention policy and will be administratively withdrawn from the University.

Students must maintain a minimum semester GPA of 3.00 throughout the professional curriculum (P1–P3). Students who fail to achieve a 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 BS/MOT curriculum plan. A student who receives a third program probation will be dropped from the program.

A student may not participate in Level II fieldwork while on program probation. Program probation that delays Level II fieldwork will result in a revised schedule and a delay in graduation.

Dropped from Program


Any student who is dropped from the program may petition the faculty to be readmitted to the BS/MOT program after a period of one year. The student must demonstrate a clear rationale as to why he/she should be readmitted to the program. There is no obligation for the faculty to readmit a student who has been dropped from the program.

Fieldwork Completion Time


Students are required to complete all level II fieldwork within 18 months of completing didactic coursework.

Graduation Requirements


To qualify for the integrated master of occupational therapy (BS/MOT) degree, students must successfully complete all core or general education requirements.

If a student does not complete all required courses for the MOT program but has satisfied all the requirements for an undergraduate degree, the BSHS in health science will be awarded at the appropriate time.

Occupational Therapy BSHS/MOT Major Degree Requirements


Students entering in Catalog Years 2009–2010 (graduating classes of 2014–2015)—with general education.

Intellectual Heritage I & II Credits: 6


(Choose two)

Occupational Therapy Courses


  • OT Electives or Independent Study Credits: 6 total

Occupational Therapy BSHS/MOT Integrated Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalogs Years 2009 and 2010 (graduating classes of 2014 and 2015)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Third Year


Summer Semester


  • Students who have not taken OT 102, OT 103, and OT 104 must take OT 105 – Overview of Occupational Therapy Practice Credits: 2

Credits/Semester: 4–6


Credits/Semester: 16


Credits/Semester: 14


Fourth Year


Total Credits – BSHS: 133


Fifth Year


Credits/Semester: 7


Fall Semester


  • OT Elective(s) or Independent Study Credits: 0–6 (Elective courses may be taken at this time or during the spring semester of the fourth year)

Credits/Semester: 9–15


Credits/Semester: 12


Total Minimum Credits: 164


Note:


Students must meet all general education requirements prior to beginning the Level II fieldwork and as a requirement for graduation.

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