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

Occupational Therapy – Post-Baccalaureate MOT


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The 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 program completion they will receive a MOT.

The post-baccalaureate 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.

Post-Baccalaureate Admission 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
  • Obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the baccalaureate degree program.
  • Provide a statement as to why the student wants to enter the profession of occupational therapy.

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. In some instances, credit may be given for life experience.

Please note that the program begins with an intensive neuroscience course, which starts in late May. Prerequisites should be completed by the end of May.

Post-Baccalaureate MOT – Class of 2014 (Catalog Year 2011)


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 achieved the required “C” or better grade in the OT course after attempting the course a second time, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the University. A student 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 OT University.

Students must maintain a minimum semester GPA of 2.75 throughout the professional curriculum. Students who fail to achieve a minimum 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 MOT curriculum plan. A student who receives 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 and a delay in graduation.

Administrative Withdrawal


Any student who is administratively withdrawn from the 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 administratively withdrawn.

Fieldwork Completion Time


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

Post-Baccalaureate MOT – Class of 2015 and beyond (Catalog Year 2012 and beyond)


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 achieved 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 and a delay in graduation.

Administrative Withdrawal


Any student who is administratively withdrawn from the 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 administratively withdrawn.

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 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


  • OT Electives or Independent Study Credits: 6 total

MOT Curriculum Plan


For students who have completed a baccalaureate degree.

First Year


Second Year


Credits/Semester: 4


Fall Semester


  • OT Elective or Independent Study Credits: 3
    (Elective courses may be taken at this time or during the following spring, summer, or fall session)

Credits/Semester: 16–19


Spring Semester


  • OT Elective or Independent Study Credits: 3 (Elective courses may be taken at this time or during the following summer or fall session)

Credits/Semester: 16


Third Year


Total Credits: 97


Note:


The program requires the completion of two elective or independent study courses. There is some flexibility as to when students may take these courses.

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