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 post-baccalaureate MOT program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD, 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA, and its web address is WWW.ACOTEONLINE.ORG. ACOTE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.