MASTER OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (MOT)

Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.    I am very proud of our program, our students, our faculty, and our relationship with clinicians and the community.  As one of 183 accredited occupational therapy programs in the United States, we have the distinction of being one of just a few programs found on an Academic Health Sciences Center campus located both in the Oklahoma City and the Tulsa community.  This creates unique opportunities for our students to engage in unique interprofessional opportunities with numerous health care professionals on both campuses.  In addition, students in our program share an interprofessional curriculum model with our physical therapy program.  With state of the art facilities, we use cutting edge distance education technology to broadcast lectures between our Oklahoma City and Tulsa campus.

Our faculty are committed to preparing our students as competent and caring occupational therapists.  We focus not only on occupation-based person centered assessment and intervention, but also emphasize community engagement and hands-on learning opportunities.  I am very proud of our dynamic interdisciplinary faculty, known for their creativity and commitment to the profession. Together they provide outstanding educational and service experiences using the latest evidence to guide the process.  Our program is known for producing creative, knowledgeable, and competent occupational therapists who are devoted to their profession.

On behalf of the faculty and students of our program, we thank you for your interest and we hope you enjoy learning about us as you peruse our website.  We believe you will see that it is great to be part of the OUHSC Program in Occupational Therapy.

Mary Isaacson, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, ATP
Interim Program Director

What is Occupational Therapy?

OT CAT Bank

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT)

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education awarded the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Occupational Therapy Program accreditation for a period of 10 years 2015/2016 through 2025/2026.

The occupational therapy / occupational therapy assistant 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.

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational therapy profession through administration of a national certification examination. NBCOT serves the public interest by developing, administering, and continually reviewing a certification process that reflects current standards of competent practice in occupational therapy. The NBCOT also works with state regulatory authorities, providing information on credentials, professional conduct, and regulatory and certification renewal issues.

As graduates of a NBCOT recognized occupational therapy education program at the post-baccalaureate degree level, OUHSC students are eligible to take the NBCOT national certification examination. After successfully passing the NBCOT national certification examination, individuals become an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Oklahoma, like most states require licensure to practice, and acquiring a state license is based on successfully passing the NBCOT Certification Examination and initial national registration.

It is important to note, that any arrest, charge, or conviction for a felony or a misdemeanor may not only affect a student's ability to attend certain clinical sites for clinical education and fieldwork, but it may also affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or obtain state licensure.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online.

The Master of Occupational Therapy program prepares students to perform as an entry-level occupational therapist. The MOT program consists of 80 semester hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses beginning in the summer of every year. All didactic course work is offered on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa via distance education. Coursework includes 26 hours of fieldwork; the typical time frame for completing all coursework is three years.

The total number of graduates from the University Of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 79 with an overall graduation rate of 88.4%.
 

 Graduation Year  Students Entering/Graduating  Graduation Rate
 2013  29/29  100.00%
 2014  31/23  74.2%
 2015  26/24  92.3%
 Total  86/79 88.4% 

Occupational therapists work with individuals who may be recovering from illnesses or injuries, contending with developmental disabilities, or coping with changes resulting from the aging process. Occupational therapists advance the person's well being by promoting adaptation and independence through meaningful activities of everyday living to enhance and restore health. By preventing, reducing, or overcoming physical, social, and emotional impairments in people, occupational therapists help to restore and sustain the highest quality of productive life to persons of all ages.

To become a registered occupational therapist (OTR), a person must graduate from an accredited school of occupational therapy, and successfully pass the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Many states including Oklahoma, also require a license to practice occupational therapy within the state.

For further information about the profession of occupational therapy, contact the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

The Master of Occupational Therapy degree professional program consists of 80 semester hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses. All didactic course work is offered on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa via distance education. The Master of Occupational Therapy degree professional program begins in the summer of every year and consists of 80 credit hours of sequenced and integrated didactic and clinical courses including 26 weeks of fieldwork to be completed in no more than five years.

The progression and retention policies for the Program in Occupational Therapy are described in the College of Allied Health Academic Standards and include:

  • a minimum grade of C or S in each program course.
  • a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher each semester.
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher while enrolled in an academic program in the College.
  • a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all required courses in the academic program in which the student is enrolled.
  • professional performance and behavior.
  • satisfactory progress, as determined by the Academic Progress Committee and the Dean. 

Occupational therapy is a vital health-care profession that contributes to the ability of individuals to perform their life roles, such as parent, student, or worker, in the occupations of work, personal care, and leisure. Practitioners of occupational therapy advance the person’s well being by promoting adaptation and independence through meaningful activities of everyday living to enhance and restore health. By preventing, reducing, or overcoming physical, social, and emotional impairments in people, its practitioners help to restore and sustain the highest quality of productive life to persons of all ages. They may be recovering from illnesses or injuries, contending with developmental disabilities, or coping with changes resulting from the aging process. The unique feature that separates its knowledge from all other professions is the study and management of the purposeful occupations and the meaningful activities in which humans engage. In short, occupational therapy provides skills for the job of living.

Occupational therapists provide direct service to individuals and groups, consultation, and education to its consumers. As they gain experience, occupational therapists may choose to specialize and may become board certified in a specialty area. Occupational therapists can be supervisors, faculty members, researchers, and entrepreneurs. Occupational therapists may work in teams that include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, speech/language pathologists, psychologists, social workers, educators, dietitians, and recreational therapists. Through participation in treatment given individually or in groups, occupational therapists help people perform the everyday skills and tasks needed for living their productive lives.

To become an occupational therapist, registered (OTR), a person must graduate from an accredited school of occupational therapy, and successfully pass the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Many states, including Oklahoma, also require a license to practice occupational therapy within the state.

For further information about the profession of occupational therapy, contact the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD, 20824-1220; phone (301) 652-2682; TDD (800) 377-8555. You may want to request the latest edition of “Occupational Therapy Careers.” Refer to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s web page for additional details.

If you would like to explore occupational therapy further, view the following YouTube video.

The OUHSC Master of Occupational Therapy has joined the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applicants must complete both the OTCAS application and the OUHSC application. ALL sealed official transcripts and scores must be sent to OTCAS and entered through the OTCAS on-line system. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have successfully completed, or be in the process of completing, prerequisite course work (90 credit hours - no more than 60 credit hours from a two-year college will count toward the required 90) from any accredited college of university, prior to starting the program;
  2. Complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or complete requirements to be eligible to earn the B.S. in Health Studies degree after completion of 30 hours in the program;  NOTE:  Effective for 2019 admission, a bachelor's degree must be earned prior to enrollment in the program. 
  3. Be in good standing with the college or university last or currently attending;
  4. Have at a minimum both a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and a 2.75 science grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The College of Allied Health does not recognize academic forgiveness nor reprieve policies. All attempts of a course are included in the calculation of GPAs;
  5. Have successfully completed all departmental prerequisite courses with grades of C or better;
  6. Document 40 hours of observation due with your on-line application (the following worksheet is available for you to utilize in order to keep track of your hours.
  7. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities (including OU or OUHSC) attended and non-refundable application fees through OTCAS ;
  8. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (the General Test) prior to the application deadline date. We will only accept the REVISED GRE scores which can be no older than two years. It is recommended that you take the revised GRE no later than one month prior to the application period for which you are applying to ensure your scores are received by the application deadline. Scores received after the application deadline will result in an automatic denial. The OTCAS GRE Designated Institution Code for the MOT program at OUHSC is 7448;
  9. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The OTCAS TOEFL Designated Institution Code for the MOT program at OUHSC is 7448;
  10. All international/Non US Citizen applicants are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES); and
  11.  Submit a completed on-line application through the OTCAS and OUHSC.  Application deadline is February 1 for Summer. All official, sealed transcripts, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (if applicable) must be received by the application deadline. Late transcripts and test scores will result in an automatic denial.

“Note: If you plan on applying to the program this year, submit an official, sealed transcript from every institution attended AS SOON AS POSSIBLE through the OTCAS system. Do NOT send them to the Health Sciences Center. They will not be forwarded. ALL transcripts and scores must be entered through the on-line OTCAS system. Transcripts take time to process from one institution to the other; therefore, order your transcripts ASAP! Once your fall grades have been posted, please updated your OTCAS application ASAP.”

Course numbers are those of the University of Oklahoma.  Approved prerequisite courses are offered at many institutions.  Check the Transfer Equivalencies Database or with your school advisor regarding equivalent courses.  There are instructions on that page on how to request a transcript evaluation for particular courses if your courses are not listed in the database.

Click on the following link to use the prerequisite worksheet to keep track of your prerequisite classes.

All prerequisites are required unless noted in the footnotes.  Please read the footnote descriptions located directly underneath the table.

OU Course Number Course Title Credit Hours  Footnote
P SC 1113 American Federal Government 3 2
PSY 2603 Developmental Psychology 3  
MATH 1503 College Algebra 3 2
PSY 1113 or SOC 1113 Elements of Psychology or Intro to Sociology 3 2
varies Foreign Language 1st Course   2
varies Foreign Language 2nd Course   2
BIOL 2234 or 2255 Human Anatomy 4-5  
BIOL 2124 Human Physiology 4  
AVIA 1003 Introduction to Computers: Concepts & Applications 3 3
PSY 2403 or 4453 Introduction to Personality or Abnormal Psychology 3  
BIOL 1114 or 1005 Introduction to Zoology or Concepts in Biology 4-5  
CLC 2413 Medical Vocabulary 2-3  
varies Natural Science Elective 1 (Biol, Chem, Micro, Phys, Zoo) 1-5 4
varies Natural Science Elective 2 (Biol, Chem, Micro, Phys, Zoo) 1-5 4
varies Natural Science Elective 3 (Biol, Chem, Micro, Phys, Zoo) 1-5 4
  Non-Western Culture 3 2
PHYS 2414 Physics I for Life Science Majors 4  
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition I 3 2
ENGL 1213 Principles of English Composition II 3 2
HIST 1483 or 1493 U. S. History 1492-1865 or U.S. History 1865-Present 3 2
varies Understanding Art Forms 3 2
COMM 2513, ECON 2843, PSY 2113,
or PSY 2003
Understanding Statistics 3 6
varies Upper Level General Education Course 3 1
varies Upper Level Courses 10 5
varies Western Civilization & Culture 3 2

 

(1) is required if applicant has not completed a Bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that the applicant take an upper level/division (3000 or 4000 level) non-western culture, western civilization & culture, or understanding art forms class. By taking an upper division course in one of those categories, two prerequisites can be completed with that one class. 
(2) is not required for applicants that have an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree from an Oklahoma college. Not required for applicants that have a Bachelor’s degree. Foreign Language 1st and 2nd course are waived for applicants who completed two years in the same language in high school.
(3) is not required if applicant has an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree or higher. To satisfy requirement otherwise, complete a computer skills course, pass an institution assessment test, or substitute one year of high school computer courses (excluding keyboarding).
(4) natural science electives must be additional hard-core science courses.  Even though the OU Norman Transfer Equivalencies Database has courses listed as acceptable for Natural Science with Lab that are the following types of courses, we will not accept them for Natural Science Electives:  nutrition, botany, astronomy, physical science, earth science, ecology, evolution, etc.  We will however accept Physiology of Exercise, Kinesiology, and Human Movement towards the Natural Science Electives but they will not calculate into your science gpa for admission consideration. Click here to see a list of acceptable and non-acceptable 'Natural Science Elective' courses.
(5) is required if applicant has not completed a Bachelor’s degree. Ten hours of upper division courses are required and can be taken in any chosen subject area.  The three hour Upper Level General Education Prerequisite can count towards those ten hours.
(6) It is recommended that the applicant take an equivalent course to OU course number PSY 2003.  If there is not an equivalent course at your college/university for PSY 2003, it is acceptable to take an equivalent course to OU’s course numbers PSY 2113, COMM 2513, or ECON 2843.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Students attending a two-year college may use their transfer credit to meet certain lower-division course requirements only. The maximum number of hours accepted from a Junior College(s) is 60.
  • If you are planning to attend the University of Oklahoma Norman campus to fulfill your Western Civilization and Culture, Non-Western Culture, Understanding Art Forms, and/or Upper Level General Education prerequisite, please click here to review acceptable courses offered in these categories on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.  Please remember to review footnote #1 above for instructions on the Upper Level General Education Course.
  • Please note:  varies = there are multiple courses that are equivalent for this prerequisite.  If you are attending OU in Norman for these courses, click here for equivalent courses; if attending another institution, please check the Transfer Equivalency Database link below.

  1. The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) plans to participate in the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as OTCAS, in the 2017-18 admissions cycle.  Applicants applying to the entry-level occupational therapist education program for the 2018 entering class will apply online using the OTCAS application and will also complete an OUHSC application. February 1st is still the application deadline, but applicants are encouraged to begin the application process earlier, to ensure there are no delays in processing their information. The application cycle for the OTCAS is available to begin entering data as early as August 2017. Vist here to learn more about OTCAS. The OTCAS Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Designated Institution Code for the MOT program at OUHSC is 7448.
  2. Review and follow the instructions for application to the College of Allied Health.
  3. An electronic letter of acceptance, alternate status, or denial to the Occupational Therapy program will be provided through the OUHSC online application on a rolling basis beginning in February. Admission decisions for the regular admission applicant pool will be provided through the online application on a rolling basis beginning in March and continue through late April.  If you have not received notification by May 1st regarding your application status, please contact the Office of Academic and Student Services at (405) 271-6588.  However, alternates could be accepted as late as two weeks prior to the beginning of the first summer semester of the program.
  4. The applicant must accept the position in writing within two weeks of notification, or the position will be considered declined. Alternates will be selected according to ranking. Alternates may be admitted up to the first class day for the summer semester if all positions have not been filled.
  5. Students accepted for admission are required to confirm their intention to enroll and attend by paying a non-refundable deposit on enrollment. The deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term.

‚ÄčPlease note:  With the use of distance education technology to deliver lectures between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, we offer students the convenience of being on our Tulsa or Oklahoma City campus; however, on occasion student spots may only be available on one campus or the other.

Students may expect additional costs that include, but are not limited to, a personal computer, textbooks, lab fees, insurance, and supplies. Students are required to assume financial responsibilities for expenses associated with clinical requirements. For financial aid information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (405) 271-2118.

Additional cost information:
Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees
Student Financial Aid

Early Admission for College Students

The early admission option for the occupational therapy program is currently suspended. We hope to resume the EARLY admissions option in the near future, but it is not scheduled to resume for the 2018 application cycle. Please apply to our exceptional program through OTCAS. Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to reviewing your application.

Year 1

Summer Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Anatomy AHS 8415 5

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy OCTH 7113 3
Clinical Process OCTH 7133 3
Principles of Human Movement OCTH 7143 3
Capstone: Concepts in Rehab Sciences OCTH 7153 or 7173 3
Evidence-Based Practice OCTH 7162 2
Professional Literature Development OCTH 7171 1

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Media for Occupational Performance OCTH 7532 2
Orthopedic Mgmt UE Dysfunction OCTH 8274 4
Neuroscience AHS 8275 5

Summer Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Fieldwork Education I OCTH 7322 2
Contexts for Occupational Performance OCTH 7312 2
Movement Science I OCTH 8392 2

Year 2

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Behavioral Dynamics OCTH 7413 3
Promoting OP for Chronic Conditions OCTH 7443 3
Neurorehabilitation for Children OCTH 8154 4
Teaching in Practice OCTH 8332 2
Interdisciplinary Case Management OCTH 9391 1

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Group Intervention OCTH 7232 2
Neurorehabilitation for Adults OCTH 8234 4
Developmental Disabilities OCTH 8272 2
Assistive Technology OCTH 8292 2
Clinical Practice Management I OCTH 8352 2

Summer Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Fieldwork Education II OCTH 7632 2
Clinical Practice Management II OCTH 8372 2

Year 3

Fall Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Exploring Community Participation OCTH 7192 2
Occupational Therapy Research I OCTH 7712 2
Fieldwork Education III OCTH 7723 3

Spring Semester

Course Name Course Number Credit Hours
Occupational Therapy Research II OCTH 7812 2
Fieldwork Education IV OCTH 7823 3

Electives: 2 credit hours

Last reviewed: August 18, 2014

Curriculum Notes

Course Descriptions


Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
P.O. Box 26901
Oklahoma City, OK 73190-0901
Phone: (405) 271- 2131
 

Office of Academic and Student Services
Phone: (405) 271-6588
Email: alliedhealth-info@ouhsc.edu

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the prospective student's page to utilize resources such as the transfer equivalency tables, admission statistics, job shadowing, gpa calculation, tuition cost, scholarships, student life, campus resources, etc.