Occupational Therapy Programs

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program


Locations: San Marcos, CA | St. Augustine, FL | Miami, FL | Austin, TX
Formats: Residential & Flex The Residential MOT format is available on the San Marcos, St. Augustine, Miami, and Austin campuses.
The Flex MOT format is available on the San Marcos, St. Augustine, Miami, and Austin campuses.

Program Duration: Residential: 2 years (6 trimesters) | Flex: 3 years (9 trimesters)*
See Requirements & Program Details


*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred and other factors.

One MOT program, two formats.

A Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree from USAHS will prepare you to enter the health science profession as a confident, innovative, and compassionate registered occupational therapist. As an OT student, you will design customized treatments and adaptive equipment to help adults and children engage in the activities that matter most to them. If your main goal is to engage in clinical practice, our ACOTE-accredited master’s in occupational therapy may be the best program for you.

Our Residential Master of Occupational Therapy program typically takes two years to complete Time to complete the OT program may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred, and other factors., which is two fewer trimesters than the OTD. The master’s degree in occupational therapy puts you in a position to launch your career with having fieldwork experience, start earning money, and start making a difference sooner within the health and rehabilitative science industry. The Flex MOT program lets you earn your master’s degree in OT on a different timetable. It’s designed for those who work, have family obligations, or live far from campus.

Choose the Learning Path that Fits your Life

At USAHS, we offer two formats for the MOT: Residential and Flex.

Residential MOT

  • Online coursework + in-person labs on weekdays
  • 93 credit hours over 6 trimesters
  • 2 years*
  • Sept., Jan. & May start dates
  • Two trimesters of fieldwork experiences

Flex MOT

  • Online coursework + in-person labs on weekends
  • 93 credit hours over 9 trimesters
  • 3 years*
  • Start dates vary by campus
  • Two trimesters of fieldwork experiences


*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred, and other factors.

How Our MOT Program Stands Apart

We put students first.

USAHS' Master of Occupational Therapy degree program is rooted in our student-FIRST philosophy: Everything we do is focused on student success. We strive to offer the best academic experience and career preparation through our learning model, support services, and special events.

We’re blended.

Our blended learning model gives you the best of both worlds: the convenience of online lectures, plus the engagement of hands-on practice. You'll watch lectures online in advance. Then when you come to campus, you’ll be ready to participate in meaningful hands-on class activities with faculty and other students.

We’re hands-on.

From your very first week of classes, you'll get experience working in our state-of-the-art simulation labs, featuring real medical equipment and environments. You'll engage in realistic scenarios with your classmates to help mock patients manage their activities of daily living. The MOT degree program also includes two trimesters of fieldwork experiences, where you'll get real-world occupational therapy practice.

We’re high-tech.

Our EdTech tools include 3D printers for creating adaptive equipment, BTE Primus machines for measuring client movement, driving simulators for improving client driving skills, Anatomage Tables for virtual dissection, Double robots for remote patient consultation, and more. You’ll practice using this state-of-the-art technology so you’ll be ready to provide the best patient care.

Engaging simulations. Real-world application.

Through immersive lab sessions, you’ll gain hands-on experience in a simulated clinical setting. You’ll also complete two trimesters of real-world fieldwork, preparing you for the rigors and rewards of OT practice.

MOT Curriculum

Master of Occupational Therapy Curriculum

The Residential MOT path can be completed in 6 trimesters (2 years), and the Flex MOT path can be completed in 9 trimesters (3 years). For both Masters of Occupational Therapy paths, students must complete 93 credit hours with virtual didactic coursework, hands-on clinical labs, and Level I and Level II fieldwork.

Upon successful completion of the MOT graduate program, you’ll be eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

Residential MOT Curriculum

CoursesCredit Hours
Trimester I
OCT 5130C Skills and Techniques for Client Care Management3
HSC 5136 Evidence - Informed Practice I: Research Fundamentals2
OCT 5135C Anatomy Applied to Occupation5
OCT 5140 Domain of Occupational Therapy3
OCT 5146 Occupational Engagement and Theories of Practice3
Total Credit Hours
16
Trimester II
OCT 5210 Scholarly Design2
HSC 5310C Clinical Neuroscience4
OCT 5217C Human Movement for Occupational Performance3
OCT 5225C Process of Occupational Therapy4
OCT 5230C Conditions Impacting Occupational Performance4
Total Credit Hours
17
Trimester III
OCT 5330C OT Methods I: Assistive Technology3
OCT 5340 Scholarly Implementation and Dissemination 2
OCT 5365 Wellness and Health Promotion3
OCT 5335C Clinical Applications of Occupational Therapy in Psychosocial and Community Settings5
OCT 5410C Clinical Applications in Adulthood5
Total Credit Hours
18
Trimester IV
OCT 5430 Scholarly Application2
OCT 5470 Administration & Management in Occupational Therapy3
OCT 5355C Clinical Applications of Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics/Adolescence5
OCT 5425C Clinical Applications in Older Adults5
OCT 5445C OT Methods II: Orthotics, Prosthetics and Modalities3
Total Credit Hours
18
Trimester V
OCT 5550 Fieldwork IIA* (min 12 weeks)11
OCT 5510 MOT Seminar 11
Total Credit Hours
12
Trimester VI
OCT 5660 Fieldwork IIB* (min 12 weeks)11
OCT 5625 MOT Seminar 21
Total Credit Hours
12
Total MOT Program Credit Hours
93

Flex MOT Curriculum

CoursesCredit Hours
Trimester I
OCT 5135C Anatomy Applied to Occupation5
OCT 5140 Domain of OT3
OCT 5146 Occupational Engagement and Theories of Practice3
Total Credit Hours
11
Trimester II
OCT 5130C Skills and Techniques for Client Care Management3
HSC 5136 Evidence - Informed Practice I: Research Fundamentals2
OCT 5225C Process of Occupational Therapy4
Total Credit Hours
9
Trimester III
OCT 5210 Scholarly Design2
OCT 5217C Human Movement for Occupational Performance3
OCT 5230C Conditions Impacting Occupational Performance4
Total Credit Hours
9
Trimester IV
HSC 5310C Clinical Neuroscience4
OCT 5335C Clinical Applications of Occupational Therapy in Psychosocial &
Community Settings
5
Total Credit Hours
9
Trimester V
OCT 5365 Wellness and Health Promotion3
OCT 5340 Scholarly Implementation and Dissemination 2
OCT 5355C Clinical Applications of Occupational Therapy in
Pediatrics/Adolescence
5
Total Credit Hours
10
Trimester VI
OCT 5470 Administration & Management in Occupational Therapy3
OCT 5330C OT Methods I: Assistive Technology3
OCT 5410C Clinical Applications in Adulthood5
Total Credit Hours
11
Trimester VII
OCT 5430 Scholarly Application2
OCT 5425C Clinical Applications in Older Adults5
OCT 5445C OT Methods II: Orthotics, Prosthetics
and Modalities
3
Total Credit Hours
10
Trimester VIII
OCT 5550 Fieldwork IIA*11
OCT 5510 MOT Seminar 11
Total Credit Hours
12
Trimester IX
OCT 5660 Fieldwork IIB*11
OCT 5625 MOT Seminar 21
Total Credit Hours
12
Total MOT Program Credit Hours
93
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MOT Admission Requirements

Master of Occupational Therapy Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the following Master of Occupational Therapy degree admissions requirements to be considered for either the Residential or Flex MOT path.

Requirements Starting Fall 2022

Bachelor’s Degree: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. You can apply while you are still enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or while you are completing prerequisite coursework. You should submit a plan of study with your application that indicates all remaining courses that will be completed prior to program enrollment.

GRE: The GRE is no longer required for admission to USAHS Occupational Therapy Program.

Resume: Include a current resume with your application.

Statement of Purpose: Include a short statement of why you wish to pursue occupational therapy as a career and what attracts you to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

OT Supplemental Questions: Provide five short answers to help us learn more about you.

  1. An Occupational Therapist enables people to engage in occupations they want to do, need to do, or are expected to do. What is an occupation you enjoy engaging in, and what positive impact does this have on you? (200 words max)
  2. Occupational Therapists enable people to do what they want to do. Can you explain when you have enabled others through occupation?  (200 words max)
  3. Please share how you have participated in volunteerism to be a force for good in your community. (200 words max)
  4. List two attributes you have which you consider crucial to being an effective Occupational Therapist. (200 words max)
  5. How would your former professors describe you? (200 words max)

Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are required to submit two recommendations. While it is advised that at least one comes from an OT clinician, it is acceptable to have both from college and university instructors. Only recommendations meeting the requirements will count towards the Total Required Confirmed number.

Observation Hours: The Occupational Therapy Department does not require observation hours to apply for our graduate programs, however, it is highly recommended that all applicants observe occupational therapy in at least two areas of practice. This will not only support your submission essays; it will also help to ensure that you are well suited for this field of study.

Prerequisites: Admissions recommends that all prerequisite course work be no more than 5 years old. This is a recommendation and is preferred, it is not a requirement to apply. You will be asked to provide official transcripts during the application process.

Prerequisite Check

You can find our MOT prerequisite form here. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.

Required Prerequisite Courses  
Semester
Hours
Quarter
Hours
Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
Acceptable course titles to fulfill this requirement include:

Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II-Topics covered are: cell physiology, histology, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and sensory systems. Emphasis is on the interaction of structure and function and the mechanisms which maintain homeostasis in the human body.

General Human Anatomy-In its broadest sense, anatomy is the study of the structure of an object, in this case the human body. Human anatomy deals with the way the parts of humans, from molecules to bones, interact to form a functional unit. The study of anatomy is distinct from the study of physiology, although the two are often paired

General Human Physiology- is the study of how the human body functions. This includes the mechanical, physical, bioelectrical, and biochemical functions of humans in good health, from organs to the cells of which they are composed
Not Acceptable: Animal Physiology (must be human), Exercise Physiology, or Clinical Physiology
812
Sociology or Anthropology
Acceptable course titles to fulfill this requirement include:

Sociology - Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects is sociology’s purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

Anthropology - Anthropology is the systematic study of humanity, with the goal of understanding our evolutionary origins, our distinctiveness as a species, and the great diversity in our forms of social existence across the world and through time. The focus of Anthropology is on understanding both our shared humanity and diversity and engaging with diverse ways of being in the world. Anthropology is divided into three subfields: sociocultural, biological, and archaeology. USAHS will accept sociocultural and biological anthropology subjects in fulfillment of their pre-requisite, but not archeology.

Sociocultural Anthropology - Sociocultural anthropologists interpret the content of particular cultures, explain variation among cultures, and study processes of cultural change and social transformation. Common topics include human ecology; gender relations; culture and ideology; demography and family systems; race, class and gender inequality; resistance movements; colonialism, neocolonialism, and development; and cultural politics.

Biological Anthropology - Biological anthropologists study a variety of aspects of human evolutionary biology. Some examine fossils and apply their observations to understanding human evolution; others compare morphological, biochemical, genetic, and physiological adaptations of living humans to their environments; still others observe behavior of human and nonhuman primates (monkeys and apes) to understand the roots of human behavior.
34.5
Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan - This course focuses on theories and perspectives of the human organism’s growth from birth to death. It examines the development of physical, biological, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional aspects, as well as personality traits, in people of all ages.

Not acceptable: Courses that cover only psychological/mental aspects (must include physical and social aspects). Courses that cover only growth (must include development as well). Must encompass the entire lifespan.
34.5
Abnormal Psychology
Abnormal psychology is a branch of psychology that studies unusual patterns of behavior, emotion and thought, which could possibly be understood as a mental disorder. It involves the study, assessment, treatment, and prevention of maladaptive behavior.
34.5
Statistics
Statistics is the study of the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organization of data. This course includes measures of central tendency and variability, probability, random variables, normal and binomial distributions, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, correlation and simple linear regression, descriptive and inferential techniques and concepts which apply to sample data which has been gathered from a population.
34.5
Medical Terminology (1 semester credit/1.5 quarter credits)


Medical terminology is the language used to precisely describe the human body including its components, processes, conditions affecting it, and procedures performed upon it. Medical terminology is used in the field of medicine.

Not acceptable: Certificate or Continuing Education Courses (CEU’s). Must be college bearing credit.
11.5

MOT Degree Program Admission Requirements

Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials

Misrepresentation of academic credentials includes presenting information known as false and with the intent of obtaining employment or admission to an educational program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Statements made and documents supplied by the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ applicants and students must be complete and accurate. The University will not tolerate any misrepresentation by a student or applicant of past or current academic programs, degrees, or professional accomplishments. If unexplained discrepancies appear between statements or documents provided to the University of St. Augustine and information obtained otherwise, except in the case of misspellings and other such inadvertent errors, applicants may be rejected for admission and enrolled students may be dismissed.

Additional Information

  • A comprehensive background check requiring fingerprints and drug screen will be administered after acceptance into the program and at the applicant’s expense. A felony charge and or conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or to attain state licensure.
  • This is a hybrid program requiring both virtual (distance education) and face-to-face class participation. Online learners need access to/use of a computer/word processor and basic technical skills to succeed. These skills include the ability to create new documents, use a word processing program, navigate the Internet, and download software. Attendance requirements are enforced.
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MOT Tuition & Fees

The Residential program can be completed in 6 trimesters or about 2 years and our Flex program can be completed in 9 trimesters or about 3 years. Total program tuition and fees for the 2022-2023 academic year are as follows. Tuition estimates are based on the assumption that a student goes straight through the program, without breaks or repeating academic work.

Choose your program and the campus you are interested in attending to see the tuition and fee estimates. All tuition and fee numbers are subject to change.

Residential MOT

 

San Marcos, CA Campus

Tuition is approximately $16,177 per trimester for Full-Time MOT students who attend our San Marcos, CA campus.
Tuition and Fees
School Expenses
Tuition $97,065.00
Program Fees$1,500.00
Books & Associated School Expenses$3,600.00
Total Program Direct Expenses$102,165.00
Students whose address on record is in California at the time tuition is first charged and/or who attend the California campus will be responsible for paying a one-time Student Tuition Recovery Fund non-refundable fee, pursuant to California Code of Regulations §76120.

St. Augustine, FL Campus

Tuition is approximately $14,876 per trimester for Full-Time MOT students who attend our St. Augustine, FL campus.
Tuition and Fees
School Expenses
Tuition $89,257.00
Program Fees$1,500.00
Books & Associated School Expenses$3,600.00
Total Program Direct Expenses$94,357.00
Students whose address on record is in California at the time tuition is first charged and/or who attend the California campus will be responsible for paying a one-time Student Tuition Recovery Fund non-refundable fee, pursuant to California Code of Regulations §76120.

Miami, FL Campus

Tuition is approximately $14,876 per trimester for Full-Time MOT students who attend our Miami, FL campus.
Tuition and Fees
School Expenses
Tuition - 93 credit hour program$89,257.00
Program Fees$1,500.00
Books & Associated Expenses$3,600.00
Total Tuition & Fees$94,357.00
Students whose address on record is in California at the time tuition is first charged and/or who attend the California campus will be responsible for paying a one-time Student Tuition Recovery Fund non-refundable fee, pursuant to California Code of Regulations §76120.

Austin, TX Campus

Tuition is approximately $14,876 per trimester for Full-Time MOT students who attend our Austin, TX campus.
Tuition and Fees
School Expenses
Tuition - 93 credit hour program$89,257.00
Program Fees$1,500.00
Books & Associated Expenses$3,600.00
Total Program Direct Expenses$94,357.00
Students whose address on record is in California at the time tuition is first charged and/or who attend the California campus will be responsible for paying a one-time Student Tuition Recovery Fund non-refundable fee, pursuant to California Code of Regulations §76120.

Flex MOT

 

San Marcos, CA Campus

Tuition is approximately $9,606 per trimester for Flex MOT students who attend our San Marcos, CA campus.
Tuition and Fees
School Expenses
Tuition - 93 credit hour program$86,456.00
Program Fees$1,800.00
Books & Associated Expenses$3,600.00
Total Program Direct Expense$91,856.00
Students whose address on record is in California at the time tuition is first charged and/or who attend the California campus will be responsible for paying a one-time Student Tuition Recovery Fund non-refundable fee, pursuant to California Code of Regulations §76120.

St. Augustine, FL Campus

Tuition is approximately $9,362 per trimester for Flex MOT students who attend our St. Augustine, FL campus.
Tuition and Fees
School Expenses
Tuition $84,254.00
Program Fees$1,800.00
Books & Associated School Expenses$3,600.00
Total Program Direct Expenses$89,654.00
Students whose address on record is in California at the time tuition is first charged and/or who attend the California campus will be responsible for paying a one-time Student Tuition Recovery Fund non-refundable fee, pursuant to California Code of Regulations §76120.

Miami, FL Campus

Tuition is approximately $9,362 per trimester for Flex MOT students who attend our Miami, FL campus.
Tuition and Fees
School Expenses
Tuition$84,254.00
Program Fees$1,800.00
Books & Associated Expenses$3,600.00
Total Estimated Expenses$89,654.00
Students whose address on record is in California at the time tuition is first charged and/or who attend the California campus will be responsible for paying a one-time Student Tuition Recovery Fund non-refundable fee, pursuant to California Code of Regulations §76120.

Austin, TX Campus

Tuition is approximately $9,362 per trimester for Flex MOT students who attend our Austin, TX campus.
Tuition and Fees
School Expenses
Tuition - 93 credit hour program$84,254.00
Program Fees$1,800.00
Books & Associated Expenses$3,600.00
Total Program Direct Expenses$89,654.00
Students whose address on record is in California at the time tuition is first charged and/or who attend the California campus will be responsible for paying a one-time Student Tuition Recovery Fund non-refundable fee, pursuant to California Code of Regulations §76120.

Financial Aid

Student loans may be available to assist with funding your program. USAHS has financial aid counselors who are available to explain your options.

Financial aid counselors can be reached by email, phone, or on campus. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in each time zone. If you are unable to meet during regular office hours, after-hours appointments are available by request.

Please visit our Financial Aid Contact page for more information.

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MOT Accreditation and State Approvals

MOT Program Accreditation Status

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MOT) program at the San Marcos, California campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program.

For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, 301-652-AOTA or visit www.acoteonline.org.

Complaints about the program that cannot be resolved after following the University’s procedures must be submitted electronically to the ACOTE Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department. The complaint must be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to [email protected] and must include a signed complaint form, “Complaint Against a Program Subject to ACOTE Accreditation”.

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Master of Occupational Therapy – St. Augustine Campus

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MOT) program at the St. Augustine, Florida campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program.

For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, 301-652-AOTA or visit www.acoteonline.org.

Complaints about the program that cannot be resolved after following the University’s procedures must be submitted electronically to the ACOTE Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department. The complaint must be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to [email protected] and must include a signed complaint form, “Complaint Against a Program Subject to ACOTE Accreditation”.

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Master of Occupational Therapy – Miami Campus

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MOT) program at the Miami, Florida campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program.

For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, 301-652-AOTA or visit www.acoteonline.org.

Complaints about the program that cannot be resolved after following the University’s procedures must be submitted electronically to the ACOTE Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department. The complaint must be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to [email protected] and must include a signed complaint form, “Complaint Against a Program Subject to ACOTE Accreditation”.

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Master of Occupational Therapy – Austin Campus

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MOT) program at the Austin, Texas campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program.

For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, 301-652-AOTA or visit www.acoteonline.org.

Complaints about the program that cannot be resolved after following the University’s procedures must be submitted electronically to the ACOTE Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department. The complaint must be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to [email protected] and must include a signed complaint form, “Complaint Against a Program Subject to ACOTE Accreditation”.

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State Approvals

MOT

USAHS currently is accepting applications for enrollment in the Master of Occupational Therapy (San Marcos, St. Augustine, Miami and Austin campuses) for residents of the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. USAHS has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following locations:  American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

MOT Program Approvals

For states denoted with clinical field experience restrictions, USAHS does not have the necessary state authorization approvals to offer on-the-ground activities of this kind in those states at this time. However, these restrictions should not impact a graduates’ eligibility for professional licensure in his/her state, provided all other requirements are met. As such, the program prepares students for licensure in all 50 states.

USAHS is not accepting applications from prospective students residing in states where the institution does not have state authorization. However, prospective students are encouraged to check back in the near future as the program may be offered in additional states. Current and admitted students are also advised to monitor this page for any updates prior to relocating to another state, as this can have an impact on continued enrollment in the program and the ability to be placed for clinical field experiences.

It remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides.

MOT (Flex)

USAHS currently is accepting applications for enrollment in the Flex Master of Occupational Therapy for residents of the following states:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. USAHS has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following locations:  American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

Flex MOT State Approvals

For states denoted with clinical field experience restrictions, USAHS does not have the necessary state authorization approvals to offer on-the-ground activities of this kind in those states at this time. However, these restrictions should not impact a graduates’ eligibility for professional licensure in his/her state, provided all other requirements are met.  As such, the program prepares students for licensure in all 50 states.

USAHS is not accepting applications from prospective students residing in states where the institution does not have state authorization. However, prospective students are encouraged to check back in the near future as the program may be offered in additional states.  Current and admitted students are also advised to monitor this page for any updates prior to relocating to another state, as this can have an impact on continued enrollment in the program and the ability to be placed for clinical field experiences.

It remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides.

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MOT Student Outcomes

MOT Student Outcomes

Graduation Rate

The entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program graduation rate is the percentage of students in a cohort that graduated within 150% of the expected completion time. The total number of graduates and graduation rates listed below from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) MOT programs during the three years of 2019-2021 are for the San Marcos, CA; St. Augustine, FL; and Austin, TX campuses.

The total number of graduates and graduation rates for the Miami, FL USAHS MOT program listed below are during the two years of 2020-2021.

San Marcos, CA

YearStudents EnteringStudents GraduatingGraduation Rate
2019848298%
20209090100%
20216868100%
Total24224099%

Miami, FL

YearStudents EnteringStudents GraduatingGraduation Rate
2020333297%
2021555396%
Total888597%

St. Augustine, FL

YearStudents EnteringStudents GraduatingGraduation Rate
201912111293%
202011310896%
202112411895%
Total35833894%

Austin, TX

YearStudents EnteringStudents GraduatingGraduation Rate
2019676293%
20209090100%
2021716997%
Total22822197%

NBCOT Exam Pass Rate

Graduates of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ Master of Occupational Therapy programs are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Program performance data from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/en/Educators/Home#SchoolPerformance.

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MOT Program Data

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

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San Marcos, CA – ResidentialFlex
St. Augustine, FL – Residential | Flex
Miami, FL – Residential | Flex
Austin, TX – Residential | Flex

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MOT Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program, graduates will be able to:

  • Implement strategies consistent with being a reflective practitioner when developing personal and professional goals.
  • Apply competencies for effective interprofessional, intraprofessional, and community stakeholder collaborations.
  • Design programs and interventions that address occupational barriers through effective clinical reasoning.

  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication of occupational therapy services.
  • Practice principles of inclusive, ethical, and professional behaviors.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills needed for effective advancement of the profession.
  • Apply knowledge of current evidence to effectively inform the therapeutic process.

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Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Our entry-level doctoral program follows the same curriculum as the MOT, plus two additional trimesters focused on expanded roles in the profession. You will gain research experience by completing a capstone project on a topic of your choice.

Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD)

Are you an experienced OT practitioner who wants to advance your credentials to the doctoral level? In our online PPOTD program, you can update your skills within clinical practice, research, and more. The PPOTD is not subject to accreditation by ACOTE.

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