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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Occupational Therapy – Post-Baccalaureate MOT

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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.

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
  • This highly competitive program currently has a minimum cumulative baccalaureate GPA of 2.75.
  • 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

Students entering in Catalog Years 2016 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: 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: 87


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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