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 2.5 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. There are two three-month full-time clinical education affiliations in the curriculum that are scheduled throughout the United States.
Effective 2014, 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 or DrOT 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 a felony conviction may delay or prohibit certification through NBCOT and could prevent state licensure.
Students who are applying to take the NBCOT exam are required to pass a NBCOT practice exam and present evidence of passing to the Department of Occupational Therapy chairperson with the exam application. Applications will not be processed and submitted to NBCOT without this evidence.
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.