The delivery of the Occupational Therapy Program at the graduate level revolves around instructors facilitating learning through problem-based case management. Students in the MOT program will be required to utilize theory, logic, clinical reasoning, and pragmatic skills in an interactive learning environment. It is expected that students will participate in discussion, debate, and develop treatment choices based on sound research and theoretical assumptions. Students will demonstrate clinical skills as well as the ability to provide a rationale for treatment and expected outcomes. Students will not only display advanced clinical skills in laboratory settings, but they will also reflect advanced knowledge through scholarly writing by completing a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The MOT curriculum emphasizes mastery of skills required for entry-level practice. The curriculum is designed so that graduates can review, understand, conduct, and interpret research activities. Evidence-based practice initiatives make it essential that practitioner research skills are well developed. This program is specifically designed as a continuation of the Bachelor of Health Sciences Pre-Occupational Therapy Program (in the Health Sciences program pages). Transfer students may be considered for admission after analysis of undergraduate prerequisite courses. The six month fieldwork requirement must be met no later than one year after all academic coursework is completed. Upon graduation the student will be qualified to take the national certification examination. A criminal conviction may prevent eligibility to sit for the national certification examination, qualification for state licensure, specific employment opportunities, and placement at Level I and Level II clinical sites.
The MOT curriculum meets the current standards mandated by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The MOT program is fully accredited by ACOTE, a division of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301-652-2682; www.acoteonline.org.
MOT ADMISSION INFORMATION
Admission to a graduate degree program as a degree candidate is classified as either full or conditional status. Conditional status is an enrollment status applicable to students who may be deficient in one of the requirements or standards for matriculation such as: pending completion of their bachelor degree, letter of recommendation, or another credential required by the program. For applicants admitted on conditional status, the Center for Graduate Studies will specify the conditions for admissions. If the conditions are not met, the student will be dismissed from the program. Graduate school application forms and detailed directions are available from the administrative offices. Applications and required credentials must be received prior to the deadline to be considered for matriculation. Acceptance decisions are determined by the Admission Committee. Students applying for matriculation into the MOT program must submit the following materials:
- Completed Graduate College Application form.
- Non-refundable $25.00 application fee.
- A typed essay (750-1000 words) in response to the following questions:
1) How have your academic work, professional work, and/or life experiences prepared you for the Baker College Center for Graduate Studies program you seek to enter?
2) What are your personal, professional, and/or career goals 5 and 10 years after your earn your Baker College Center for Graduate Studies degree?
3) How will earning this degree help you achieve these goals?
4) What do you view as your greatest strengths and challenges in order to successfully complete the graduate program?
- Official college transcripts indicating an undergraduate degree in a health related discipline containing specific pre-OT courses.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. The applicant’s undergraduate degree must be from a regionally accredited college or university. Official college transcripts must be mailed from the institution granting the degree directly to the Center for Graduate Studies.
- GRE scores may be submitted if the student wants the scores considered in the admissions decision.