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.