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Masters of Occupational Therapy

The Wesley College Department of Occupational Therapy offers an entry-level Masters in Occupational Therapy Degree that can be fully completed in 2 years. Through a strong curricular foundation, this program prepares graduates to be generalists within the various arenas of the field and also prepares them to meet the changing demands within healthcare and public health sectors.

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The program aims to develop leaders and innovators through development of emerging practice programs, engagement in interdisciplinary programs, field experiences in diverse clinical and public health settings and engagement in Pro Bono work. The program offers ongoing Pediatric hands-on experience, coupled with classroom learning through the on-site Wesley Cares Pro Bono clinic; a state of the art ADL suite, working with community partnerships to assist children from birth to age 10. Wesley’s entry-level occupational therapy Masters degree program has received Accreditation 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.

As an ACOTE accredited program, graduates are 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 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, within the curriculum, complete a total of 24 weeks of fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion the program.

What is Occupational Therapy?

In compliance with ACOTE accreditation standards, 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.

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 with 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, home care, early intervention, and community settings to name a few. The profession is amongst the top twenty within the U.S. and projected to have 26% growth in the upcoming years.

Admission requirements

Wesley will accept students upon receipt of candidacy status. With the M.O.T. program’s receipt of accreditation 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 applying. 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 is recommended.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one from an OTR
  • Applicant interview if determined by the 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 before applying.

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