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2011-2012 University Catalog 
2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Therapy – Post-Baccalaureate MOT

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The occupational therapy curriculum is based on active learning. Students will integrate knowledge, skills, and attitudes by experiential learning or “doing.” The biopsychosocial foundation of the professional program will encourage graduates to view the occupational nature of humans from four perspectives: the individual, with biological, psychological, and sociological abilities and limitations, is central to treatment and must determine the meaning and purpose of care; the family and caregivers provide the vital link between the individual and health services; the home and community provide a context for treatment and the development of values, beliefs, and interests; and, finally, the social system in which care is offered establishes boundaries for delivery, use of resources, available roles and opportunities, and norms and rewards for behavior. Curricular threads include clinical reasoning, innovations in practice, engagement, and critical thinking.

Students who successfully complete the curriculum will be able to:

  • View consumers of occupational therapy services as individuals with unique values, beliefs, and concerns that impact on occupational performance.
  • Design and deliver humanistic, ethical, and high-quality occupational therapy services to individual clients and their family/caregivers.
  • Design occupation-based programs that address unmet and emerging societal needs.
  • Design population-based programs that reflect unmet and emerging community needs.
  • Integrate community, technological, and educational resources into treatment and program planning, design, and management.
  • Successfully work in partnership with individuals from diverse cultures.
  • Collaborate skillfully with clients, professional and nonprofessional colleagues, families, and community members.
  • Effectively communicate ideas, concerns, goals, and plans to colleagues, supervisors, and managers, as well as clients, families, and care providers, using written and spoken language.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively engage in the supervisory process.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a reflective individual.
  • Understand the influence of the social, political, and environmental climate on the client and practice.
  • Understand and successfully practice in complex environments where occupational therapy services are provided.
  • Advance the knowledge base of occupational therapy through participation in scholarly activities.
  • Provide service to the community. The community includes the University; national, state, and local occupational therapy organizations; and other institutions and organizations of interest.
  • Recognize the need to pursue continual professional development and display the ability to seek out appropriate resources.

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.

Occupational therapy majors who receive a grade of “D” (“D+,” “D,” or “D-”) in one course with an OT prefix, must repeat the course with a grade of “C” or better. In this situation, the student will be asked to develop a learning contract with his/her academic advisor with the approval of the department chairperson. The need to repeat a course and the learning contract may result in a part-time schedule. Following repeat of a course, if a student receives a “D” in any course with an OT prefix, he/she will be dismissed from the program.

A student receiving a grade of “C-” in any course with an OT prefix may be required to register for OT 399, for one credit, to remediate the course. Upon completion of the remediation, the student will receive a pass or fail grade for OT 399. Remediation credits for OT 399 will not count toward credits needed for graduation. The need for course remediation is at the discretion of the course instructor in consultation with the department chair.

If a student receives a grade of “F” in any course with an OT prefix, the student will be dismissed from the OT program. Failure in OT 399 counts as a failure in a course with an OT prefix. Further, if the student receives 2 “D’s” in courses with an OT prefix in any one semester, he/she will be dismissed from the OT program.

Any student that is dismissed 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 dismissed.

Probation in the OT department results when a student’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.30. A student cannot be on probation for more than 2 full-time semesters while in the professional phase of the program. A student cannot participate in his/her first Level II fieldwork while on probation. Department probation that delays Level II fieldwork will result in a revised schedule and a delay in graduation.

All Level II fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of the completion of didactic coursework.

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.

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, therapeutic equestrian programs, 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. The two three-month clinical education components 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. The master’s degree is the minimum degree level required for entrance into the profession. 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.

To qualify for the master of occupational therapy (MOT) degree, students must successfully complete all required courses. The MOT program takes two and a half years to complete, including summer classes. Candidates are required to have a GPA of 2.75 for admission and a statement as to why they want to enter the profession of occupational therapy. The prerequisites for this program are:

  • 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

Students may get credit for the above courses through a 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.

The master of occupational therapy (MOT) post-baccalaureate 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 the agency at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220 or 301.652.2682.

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


The program requires the completion of 2 elective or independent study courses. There is some flexibility as to when students may take these courses.

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