Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

OTA to MOT Bridge Program: Your Path to A Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Admission to our Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is now open to Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs). If you’re an OTA and you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, you can pursue an OTA to MOT Bridge program and begin your Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) with us in as little as two years without any additional coursework! We also offer a Bachelor’s entry to our MOT program.

Campus: San Marcos, CA | St Augustine, FL| Miami, FL| Austin, TX| Dallas, TX Formats vary by campus.

Formats: Residential MOT, Hybrid Immersion MOT & Flex MOT

Start Dates: Sept., Jan., May Start dates vary by campus and program

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

Students following the OTA Bridge program will take the same classes and graduate with the same MOT qualification as students who enter with a bachelor’s degree. There are no additional OTA bridge program courses necessary, the tuition is the same as for the MOT, and you’re able to pursue your MOT degree in any of the following three formats: Residential, Hybrid Immersion or Flex.

Who is the OTA to MOT Bridge Program Designed For?


Who is the OTA to MOT Bridge Program Designed For?

The OTA to OT bridge program is the ideal pathway for an OTA wanting to expand their OT skills, increase their earnings potential and take on more responsibilities in the field of occupational therapy

Occupational therapy assistant practitioners (OTAs) with a minimum of 84 credits from a U.S. Department of Education (USDE) recognized institution can apply for admission to the USAHS Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program. OTAs will enter directly into our MOT program without any additional OTA bridge program coursework needed. OT bridge programs are the fastest way to go from an OTA to OTR!

Benefits of Becoming an OT


You already have a strong passion for helping people improve their quality of life. Now you can take the next step in your personal and professional growth by furthering your career in OT through an OTA to MOT bridge program.

Why occupational therapy assistant vs. occupational therapist? With a Master of Occupational Therapy, you’ll be able to obtain licensure as an occupational therapist, which means increasing your level of responsibility and working in a supervisory role evaluating patients and creating plans for an OTA to follow. OTs can choose to work in a specialized area of occupational therapy such as pediatrics, geriatrics or mental health, or even open a private practice or clinic in the future.

Occupational therapists, or OTRs, are among the fastest growing professions in healthcare. With their expanded skills, OTRs have higher earnings potential than OTAs.According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

An OTA to MOT bridge program enables you to expand your OT skills, elevate your career and take advantage of these increased opportunities in the rewarding field of occupational therapy.

Benefits of the OTA to MOT Bridge Program at USAHS


Benefits of the OTA to MOT Bridge Program at USAHS

As a leader in occupational therapy education, USAHS has been delivering high-quality OT education for nearly 30 years. Students in the OTA to MOT Bridge program will enjoy the same benefits of our industry-leading MOT program, including flexibility in choosing online and in person coursework + in-person labs or online coursework + in-person labs, an unparalleled faculty network of expert educators and clinicians, immersive hands-on learning and our exceptional interprofessional education approach. USAHS offers a broad range of OT teaching and learning models to suit student needs and preferences.

Applicants to the OTA to MOT Bridge program may apply while completing prerequisite coursework, as you will reach the required 84 college credits (and 3.0 GPA requirement) before program enrollment. A bachelor’s degree is not required. You’ll have the opportunity to progress through the OTA bridge program in as little as two years. *Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred and other factors.

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For more information on the USAHS MOT program, including admission requirements, curriculum, tuition, a comparison of our Residential, Hybrid Immersion and Flex options, and more, see the MOT program page.

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