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Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Students in classroomTrinity Washington University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program prepares busy students for a career in OT.  The program offers weekend classes, online learning, and community placements.

Classes meet eight times each semester and emphasize active learning, skills practicums, and case-based problem-solving.  Online instructions, including lecture, directed reading, and discussions, delivers basic and advanced content. Concurrent clinical placements in diverse practice settings provide opportunities for observation and supervised practice.

The MOT program involves five semesters of full-time study, followed by two 12-week full-time Level II field work placements. Students enter the program in the fall semester and are expected to maintain continuous enrollment until graduation.

Click to view the Master of Occupational Therapy Curriculum Plan

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

The American Occupational Therapy Association



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Featured Courses

OTM 520 Foundations of OT Practice OTM 521 Occupational Development Across the Lifespan OTM 522 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology OTM 532 Functional Neuroscience: Sensory-Motor Foundations of Occupation OTM 534 Pediatric Interventions OTM 614 Psychosocial/Behavioral Foundations and Intervention

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Career Paths

  • Occupational Therapist, Registered (O.T.R.)
  • Settings:
    • Acute Care and Rehabilitation Hospitals
    • Schools
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities
    • Out-Patient and Hand Therapy Settings
    • Mental Health Facilities
    • Community Settings

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ACOTE Accreditation

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is 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.

Occupational therapy students must successfully pass all Level I and Level II fieldwork placements.


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