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.
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|Full-Time MOT||Flex MOT|
|6 trimesters||9 trimesters|
|Sept, Jan, & May start dates||Sept, Jan, & May start dates*|
|2 years||3 years|
|Degree earned: MOT||Degree earned: MOT|
What is Occupational Therapy?
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.
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.
MOT or OTD?
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is now encouraging students to consider the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program for their entry level degree.  Both the MOT and OTD programs require a Bachelor’s degree for admission, and both MOT and OTD graduates are prepared to take the licensing exam to become an OT. But the OTD program has several benefits including the following:
- OTD students have more opportunities to immerse themselves into their chosen areas of specialization. These can include focusing on clients with Down syndrome, autism, Tourette syndrome, post-stroke conditions, mental health disorders, and more.
- OTD graduates are better prepared in the following areas: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, and education. 
- Some employers show preference for doctorally prepared OT practitioners in their hiring practices. 
- The USAHS OTD program is only two trimesters (24 credit hours) longer than the MOT program and emphasizes evidence-based practice and leadership skills.
Combined MOT/Post-Professional OTD Option
The combined MOT/PP-OTD is designed specifically for USAHS MOT students and alumni. The program allows students who have earned their MOT degree at USAHS to transition seamlessly into the PP-OTD program, apply MOT credits to both programs, shorten the time-to-degree, and receive PP-OTD tuition reduction.
This combined option is an excellent way to earn a terminal degree faster and prepares graduates for leadership positions in the workplace and teaching opportunities. Learn more.
 The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. AOTA Board of Directors Position Statement on Entry-Level Degree for the Occupational Therapist, April 30, 2014. https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/BOD/OTD-Statement.aspx (visited June 20, 2017).