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Program DescriptionThe Occupational Therapy Department offers a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Inquiries regarding accreditation may be made to:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (ACOTA) 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200Bethesda, MD 20814-3449301-652-AOTAwww.acoteonline.org This program is recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
Students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than occupational therapy can complete the program of study in 3 years.
Any individual who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving an act likely to affect professional practice should meet with the department chair prior to applying to the program. Prior incidents may affect eligibility for fieldwork, certification, and employment. A CORI check may be conducted prior to Level I and Level II Fieldwork.
Upon successful completion of Level II Fieldwork (OT 920 and OT 921), graduates will be eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the examination, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Massachusetts and most other states require a license to practice occupational therapy. Eligibility for licensure is contingent on earning a passing score on the NBCOT examination.
1st Year Summer I
1st Year Summer II
1st Year Fall Semester
1st Year Spring Semester
2nd Year Fall Semester
2nd Year Spring Semester
3rd Year Summer Semester
3rd Year Fall Semester
3rd Year Spring Semester
Performance data for all accredited OT programs can be found on the NBCOT examination site. Outcomes for the OT Program
Date of Graduation
Number of Graduates
Taking NBCOT Exam
Number of First-Time Test-Takers who Passed the Exam
The purpose of Level I Fieldwork is to
provide the student with an opportunity to develop professional
behaviors and basic understanding of a particular client population.
Level I Fieldwork is completed concurrently and designed to complement
the following courses: OT 304 Psychosocial Therapeutic Approaches Lab (Evaluation-Psychosocial)OT 318 Physiological Therapeutic Approaches Lab (Evaluation-Physical Disabilities)OT 403 Therapeutic Approaches Lab for Elders (Evaluation-Geriatrics)OT 423 Therapeutic Approaches Lab Children/Adolescents (Evaluation-Pediatrics)
Fieldwork Education Resources
AOTA ACOTE NBCOT NEOTEC
HIPAA training and certification for our students is provided by HIPAA EXAMS, Inc.
The goal of Level II fieldwork is to offer an in-depth practical experience that will enable the student to become a competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapist. In addition to those experiences designed to complement specific program courses (Level I fieldwork), the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE, 2011) requires a minimum of 24 weeks' full-time Level II fieldwork. WSU requires that students complete 2 12-week Level II fieldwork placements, 1 fieldwork in physical disability (OT 920) and 1 in psychosocial disability (OT 921). An optional third fieldwork experience (OT 932) can be arranged if a student wants further exposure to a specialty area. All students must complete all required fieldwork within 12 months of completion of the academic program. In addition, students must complete all fieldwork requirements before they are eligible to sit for the national certification examination.
Level II Fieldwork Manual
Our department is hosting a Master’s in Occupational Therapy information
session for prospective applicants on Friday, May 15th at 2:30 p.m. in
Room 209 of the Ghosh Science and Technology Center. If you are not a
WSU student, please complete an online form to get a visitor parking pass emailed to you.