Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
As an occupational therapist, you have the power to change the lives of individuals of all ages with physical, development, emotional and/or social challenges.
Occupational therapy is holistic – it focuses on all aspects of an individual’s life and environment to help empower them to lead a healthier, happier and more independent day-to-day reality.
Master of Occupational Therapy Program Overview
The mission of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) Master of Occupational Therapy (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 will serve.
All USAHS MOT graduates will contribute to their profession and to a global society through their competence, ethical standards and professionalism.
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The USAHS MOT curriculum enables student flexibility by blending online learning components with traditional on-campus, face-to-face learning. As a result, student interaction with faculty and fellow classmates is more meaningful, significant and effective.
USAHS offers two tracks towards the MOT: residential and flex (weekends and online). Use our MOT Program chart for a side-by-side comparison of these two program tracks.
|Residential MOT||Flex MOT|
|Weekdays||Online / Weekends|
|6 trimesters||9 trimesters|
|2 years||3 years|
|Degree earned: MOT||Degree earned: MOT|
Both the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degrees enable you to start your career as an OT clinician. For more information, visit the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) website.
The MOT degree is a quicker pathway to licensure with 2 less trimesters than the OTD. However, the OTD is a higher level degree with a capstone experiential project that prepares graduates for practice leadership and advocacy for special populations.
Upon completion of the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program, graduates will be able to demonstrate:
- Exhibit the skills of a professional occupational therapist through a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Advocate for the profession of occupational therapy while collaborating with other members of a health care team.
- Practice clinical reasoning skills based on foundational knowledge and professional skills in order to provide optimal interventions for client problems in varied settings.
- Ensure optimal and culturally competent verbal and written communication of occupational therapy services.
- Implement principles of ethical and professional behavior in the delivery of occupational therapy services.
- Use effective leadership skills to advance the role of occupational therapy.
- Evaluate evidence-based information by accessing resources and interpreting information for competent interventions.
At USAHS, we are a graduate university that specializes in health sciences. We are committed to the development of professional health care practitioners through innovative, individualized, and quality education. Each of our academic programs focuses on foundational sciences and concepts, sound decision-making, and strong technical skill development. Read more about our mission.
Combined MOT/Post-Professional OTD
The combined MOT/ppOTD allows USAHS MOT students and alumni to apply MOT credits toward a combined MOT/Post-Professional OTD degree. Shorten the time-to-degree, benefit from a tuition reduction, and prepare yourself for leadership and teaching opportunities. Learn more about the MOT/ppOTD.
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