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Master of Occupational Therapy

The mission of the University's MOT program is to graduate a diverse population of practitioners who have the skills necessary to analyze human occupation and to implement science-driven and evidence-based interventions that promote quality of life for the clients whom they serve. The graduates will contribute to their profession and to a global society through their competence, ethical standards and professionalism.

The University of St. Augustine offers our MOT program in St. Augustine, FL, San Marcos, CA and Austin, TX.


 


See how our MOT Students are making a difference in the community

Occupational therapists provide services to individuals of all ages who have physical, developmental, emotional and/or social deficits. Because of these conditions, individuals need specialized assistance in learning functional skills which enable them to live independent, productive and satisfying lives. This degree program utilizes state-of-the-art campus facilities with innovative technology to deliver a student-centered curriculum.

An occupational therapist selects therapeutic procedures that are meaningful to the individual receiving treatment and are designed to achieve improved functional outcomes. For example:

  • A premature infant who needs feeding reflexes stimulated
  • An 8-year-old child who has trouble coordinating handwriting
  • An individual who has had a stroke, has the use of only one hand, and needs help to be independent with daily activities
  • The elderly person who wants to remain at home but needs her kitchen adapted so meals can be prepared safely and independently
  • Adapting the work environment to help someone maintain his/her job

Occupational Therapists practice in public and private schools, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, hand therapy clinics, home health agencies, and in private practice.


What’s it like to be an Occupational Therapist?


Graduate Carleigh Kidwell shares how her fieldwork at Tampa General Hospital, where she treated an 18-year-old girl recovering from a brain tumor, shaped her approach to occupational therapy.

Read about her story here:
https://www.usa.edu/magazine/mp70-A-Clinical-Match-Drawing-Strength-From-OT.aspx

 

 

 


USAHS offers a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) as a first professional degree to those candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree and the required prerequisite courses.

The full-time MOT program is 6 trimesters, or 2 years in length. The Flex MOT program is 9 trimesters, or 3 years in length. Upon graduation, students will take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) licensure exam necessary to practice Occupational Therapy. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure to practice. State licenses are based on this NBCOT certification. A felony charge and or conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or to attain state licensure.

We strive to offer the highest quality classroom instruction and online courses while taking pride in making the entire educational experience accessible and interactive for students. The program includes face-to-face, fully-online coursework and blended instruction. This blended learning approach allows our students to have a vast range of learning techniques at their fingertips. All online courses were developed with an in-depth understanding of the educational needs of our students, how they will best retain the information provided to them, and the ease of accessibility to key university support services and staff to offer assistance along the way.  Our lab classes are taught in a hands-on setting, while some portions of the course content are presented through a variety of interactive distance activities and augmented by in-class discussions. All courses utilize some online learning component.


Program Features

  • Small class ratios promoting development of close relationships with both faculty and peers.
  • An interdisciplinary educational curriculum where occupational & physical therapy students take classes and work together as commonly practiced in clinical settings.
  • Well-educated and experienced faculty who are attuned to student needs.
  • Multiple admissions per year - Fall, Spring, and Summer trimesters.
  • St. Augustine, Austin and San Marcos are ideal for student life with excellent recreational and cultural activities.


Graduation and Exam Pass Rate

The total number of graduates from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 315 out of 344 with an overall graduation rate of 92%.

Graduation Year

Student Entering/Graduating

Graduation Rate

2013

92/83

90%

2014

124/113

91%

2015

128-119

93%

Total

344/315

92%

 

Graduates of the University of St. Augustine Master of Occupational Therapy Program are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc., 12 South Summit Ave, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150. Phone: (301) 990-7979; Fax: (301)869-8492; email: info@nbcot.org; website: www.nbcot.org.

Beginning in 2013, program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx. To locate University of St. Augustine program results, search for "Florida", "OT Masters-Level Programs".

For the two most recent calendar years (2013 and 2014), the pass rates of new graduates (NG*) of the occupational therapy program was as follows:

NBCOT Certification Results (2013, 2014)

Year

New Graduates (NG) Tested

NG Passing (% Passing)

2015

131

130 (99%)

2014

116

115 (99%)

2013

87

85 (98%)

 

*NG = Candidates testing within one year of graduation, regardless of the number of attempts on the examination.


 

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The entry-level St. Augustine, Florida Occupational Therapy program was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in April 1999 and re-accredited in April 2009.  The flex format was added in St Augustine in May 2012 with full approval from ACOTE. The California MOT program received accreditation from ACOTE in the fall of 2010. The Texas MOT program received accreditation from ACOTE in fall 2015.  The Flex MOT program received approval from ACOTE in May 2012.(delete this sentence) Graduates take the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam the individual will be an Occupational Therapist (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure to practice. State licenses are based on this NBCOT certification. A felony charge and or conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure. For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) at ACOTE, c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, Telephone: 301-652-2682 or visit www.acoteonline.org. Complaints about the program can be submitted to ACOTE at the above address.

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