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Degree

Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)

General Requirements

Length of Program

27 months, full-time

Class Size

30-32

2015 Class Profile

Occupational Therapist Professional Responsibilities

Fieldwork Placements

Occupational therapy students are provided a number of different clinical experiences during the course of the program.  Level I rotations are concurrent with the academic program.  Level II rotations are full time for 12 weeks each during the Spring Quarter of the second year, and the Fall Quarter of the third year.

National Certification Exam Scores (2011-2013) Pass Rate

Total Number of Program Graduates                      Graduation Rate
 20498%


To view the percentage of new graduates who passed the NBCOT examination for 2013, click on the secure link, below:  

https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx  

The pass rate average for all U.S. schools was 84% for 2011, 85% for 2012, and 93% for 2013.

Career Opportunities

According to the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)*, the top ten areas of practice for primary OT employment are:

*NBCOT. (2012). Practice Analysis of the Occupational Therapist Registered Executive Summary. http://nbcot.org/pdf/OTR_ExecSumm_PA_2012.pdf, accessed 8/28/2013.

Licensure Requirements

Occupational Therapy is a registered and/or licensed profession in all 50 states.  To become licensed to practice as an occupational therapist in most states (including Arizona), a student must graduate from an ACOTE-accredited or approved educational program and pass the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by NBCOT.  Most states require status as an occupational therapist registered (OTR) to become a licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L).  Most states require licensure in order to practice.  A prior felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

US Employment Projections through 2020

Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase by 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Occupational Therapists, http://bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm, accessed 1/27/2014) 

Median Annual Salary

The median annual salary of occupational therapists was $74,500 in May 2012.  (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Occupational Therapists, http://bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm, accessed 1/27/2014) 

Admission Requirements

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Individuals applying for admission to the College of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Program must submit documentation for the following minimum requirements before the academic year commences for the incoming class:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Grades of C or better for prerequisite coursework (grades of C- are not acceptable).
  3. Completion of the minimum number of prerequisite courses in the prescribed subject areas at regionally accredited colleges or universities.
  4. Satisfaction of the standards set forth by the Admissions Committee, including documentation of academic and professional promise in the prospective student.
  5. Completion of the Occupational Therapy Program's interview process. On-campus interviews are by invitation only. Applicants are invited to an interview based on evidence supportive of excellence in:
    1. Academic achievement
    2. Oral and written communication skills
    3. Articulation of the domain and scope of OT practice
    4. Community service
    5. Leadership in extracurricular or other activities
  6. Completion of a first aid course within three years prior to enrollment.
  7. Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Level C/Health Care Provider or Basic Life Support of the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Students are responsible for maintaining CPR certification at this level while enrolled in the program.
  8. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  9. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  10. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with clients and colleagues.
  11. Commitment to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  12. Passage of the Midwestern University criminal background check.

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Prerequisite Courses

Students must complete these courses with a grade of C or higher (Grades of C- are not acceptable).

Course Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Human Anatomy*#34
Physiology*34
Statistics34
Human Development**34
Abnormal Psychology34
Social and Behavioral Science34

*The Anatomy and Physiology requirements may also be fulfilled by taking Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II, as some universities offer combined courses.

#Human Anatomy must be completed successfully within 5 years of admission to the Program. The lab component with cadaver experience is strongly recommended.

**The Human Development course requirement refers to at least one course which includes the physical, social, and psychological development throughout the lifespan.

 

Additional courses in the sciences and mathematics are also recommended, including chemistry, physiology, physics, and biology.

General education electives are also recommended to demonstrate competency in English composition, oral communication, problem-solving behavior, logic, and ethical theories.

Application Deadline

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible to ensure timely consideration. Applicants are required to submit their applications to OTCAS by February 1st.

Additional Application Information

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Program Description

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The Occupational Therapy Program offers a curriculum leading to the Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) degree for qualified students. The full-time, continuous, entry-level master’s curriculum is designed to deliver the academic and clinical education required to prepare students for their professional role as key members for the healthcare team and as integral practitioners in the healthcare delivery system. The curriculum for the Master of Occupational Therapy degree is a continuous, full-time program, extending 27 months from matriculation to graduation. The maximum allotted time for completion of this program is 40.5 months. It is also required that all Level II fieldwork must be completed within 18 months of completion of the didactic portion of the program. The general education, professional training, experience, and personal character development of occupational therapists uniquely prepare them to respond to the needs of individuals who face challenges participating in their daily lives.

The Master of Occupational Therapy Program offers a balanced combination of foundational, clinical, and research coursework designed to foster therapists who are self-directed, thoughtful, and caring professionals. The Program provides students with a balanced complement of coursework. Approximately half of the course credits are obtained from foundational courses in the sciences, occupational therapy theory, and research. The remaining credits focus on courses related to client evaluation and interventions appropriate for various client populations (e.g., children, the elderly, etc.), specialized coursework in upper extremity intervention, and many opportunities for experiential (hands-on) learning. The practice courses facilitate students' application of content related to client evaluation and intervention using community-based and case-based learning opportunities. In addition to such preclinical learning opportunities, the fieldwork program is extensive and rich in the types of experiences offered to students. Such a strong curricular framework succeeds in preparing graduates who are ready - and able - to enter the profession of occupational therapy and to make a difference in the world.

The Occupational Therapy Program is open on a competitive admission basis to applicants who have received a bachelor's degree in any field, but who have not completed an accredited occupational therapy program. The Program does not accept students who transfer from another Occupational Therapy Program. The curriculum is designed to prepare entry-level practitioners to provide occupational therapy services in the home, community, and clinical practice settings that require independent judgment, leadership, and self-directed practice. The educational experience provides the foundation for graduates to identify and contribute to effecting solutions to the major emergent health issues of society and contribute to the academic and clinical education of future practitioners. It also is designed to prepare graduates for leadership and management roles in the profession. The graduate will be prepared to make meaningful, ongoing contributions to society, healthcare, and the profession through leadership activities and collaborative efforts with others in occupational therapy and interdisciplinary education, practice, and research.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program, graduates are expected to: 

  1. Provide evidence-based occupational therapy services in traditional and emerging areas of practice.
  2. Meet the occupational needs of individuals and populations through professional advocacy and leadership.
  3. Apply therapeutic use of occupations to support engagement in activities that promote health, well-being and quality of life.
  4. Sustain continued professional development through lifelong learning activities, and 
  5. Uphold the ethical standards, values and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession in order to sensitively meet  the occupational needs of a culturally and socially diverse clientele.

These outcomes are accomplished through:

  1. A curriculum model based on intentionally sequenced courses that act as vital links between application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of knowldege, skills and attitudes.
  2. Critical application of current research and other forms of best evidence to improve occuaptional therapy practice and contribute to the body of related knowledge.
  3. Sequential implementation of simulated and authentic clinical experiences across the curriculum.
  4. Occupation-focused coursework and fieldwork experiences designed to facilitate critical and ethical reasoning; and 
  5. Opportunities for both individual and group work to develop leadership, team-building, and professional skills, behaviors and attitudes.

Planned Program Improvements

To maintain compliance with the 2011 Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) Standards, the Occupational Therapy Program has developed an additional Level I clinical rotation that has as its focus psychological and social factors that influence engagement in occupation.  This new rotation occurs in Fall Quarter of the first year of the program.

Accreditation

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The Midwestern University Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

Related Links

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MWU Occupational Therapy Program in Downers Grove

Occupational Therapy as a Career

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

American Occupational Therapy Foundation

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)


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