Master’s of Occupational Therapy
The Wesley College Department of Occupational Therapy offers an entry-level master’s in Occupational Therapy Degree. Through a strong curricular foundation, this program will prepare graduates to be generalists within the various arenas of the field. However, innovation and emerging practice areas have a strong emphasis. The program has a focus on meeting the needs of today’s healthcare industry, reform, and interdisciplinary practice. Hence emerging niches of health and wellness, chronic disease management, prevention and inter-professional collaboration encompass the curriculum. The program aims to develop leaders and innovators in these areas of practice. Wesley’s entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has received Candidacy Status 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 www.acoteonline.org. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates 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, most 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.
In addition to established coursework, students will be required to complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is unique in that practitioners address the need of individuals across the lifespan. The focus is ‘occupation’ which involves the individual’s unique participation in the everyday activities they want and need to do. Occupational therapists use these occupations to address the needs, goals, and desires of the clients they serve. Occupational therapists often work with children having disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Autism, and early intervention needs. In that arena, the focus is participation in school and age appropriate social activities. Professionals also assist individuals to regain participation in their occupations following insult or injury from conditions such as strokes, traumatic brain injury, or orthopedic conditions. There is also a focus on the aging population and addressing the physical, mental, and cognitive needs of older adults. Occupational therapists work closely with other professionals and have a strong interdisciplinary team approach. Job opportunities are in hospitals, schools, outpatient clinics, homecare, early intervention, and community settings to name a few. The profession is amongst the top ten within the U.S. and projected to have 29% growth in the upcoming years.
Wesley will accept students upon receipt of candidacy status. Upon the M.O.T. program’s receipt of candidacy status, applications must be submitted through the OT Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Please allow a few weeks for the OTCAS verification process. Visit otcas.org to begin the application process.
Interested applicants may contact the admissions department for further information.
Following receipt of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, students are expected to enter into the program having completed the indicated prerequisite courses with a grade of “B-” or better and a cumulative grade point average no less than 3.0 on a four-point scale:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (2 semesters with a laboratory component)
- English (1 semester)
- Statistics (1 semester)
- Physics or Human Movement (i.e. Biomechanics and Kinesiology; Exercise Science courses approved at the discretion of the admission’s committee) (1 semester)
- Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (1 semester)
- General Psychology (1 semester)
- Abnormal Psychology (1 semester)
- Developmental Psychology or Life Span Development or Human Development (1 semester)
All prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of submitting an application. At the discretion of the occupational therapy admission’s committee, credit may be given through a CLEP process.
Additional Admissions Requirements
- Documented observation hours with an OTR. Observation of two or more client populations are recommended.
- Three letters of recommendation, one from an OTR
- Applicant interview if determined by occupational therapy admissions committee
- For International applicants: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores may be requested at the discretion of the occupational therapy admissions committee. Students requiring an F-1 Student Visa should contact the international admissions department prior to submitting an application.