Natural and Applied Sciences

Accelerated Graduate Pathway to Occupational Therapy

It is possible to obtain both a BA in Natural and Applied Sciences and a Masters in Occupational Therapy using the Accelerated Graduate Pathway to Occupational Therapy (MOT) option

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program offers an accelerated pathway for current USM students. The corresponding undergraduate degree options are the Natural and Applied Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Health Sciences degree programs. These degrees tend to cover the majority of the MOT prerequisites as part of the degree program and save students time and money.

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated Pathway to MOT complete approximately 85-90 undergraduate credits, usually after approximately three (3) years of full time study. During their junior year, the student would then apply and be accepted into the MOT program. The student's final undergraduate year would then overlap with their first year of the master's program, with some credits counting toward both degrees.

Steps for the accelerated pathway are as follows:

1. Matriculate into one of the aforementioned undergrad degree programs (NAS, SBS, or HLS);

2. Declare the MOT Accelerated Pathway option using this declaration form and return it to the Registrar's Office for processing;

3. Complete all college core and academic major degree requirements, as well as the required MOT prerequisite courses;

4. APPLY* to the MOT program the year prior to the fall you expect to start;

5. If accepted,  MOT courses are used toward your undergraduate degree's general electives in order to reach the 120 total credits required to earn the bachelor's degree;

6. If not accepted, the student will be expected to complete the necessary electives within their undergraduate program in order to obtain bachelor's degree;

7. Continue with MOT graduate school coursework (if accepted into the program) and earn your Master of Occupational Therapy degree upon completion of all MOT academic and fieldwork requirements.

*APPLICATION TO THE MOT PROGRAM IS REQUIRED. Participation in the accelerated pathway option DOES NOT guarantee admission to the MOT program. Each applicant joins the overall applicant pool for consideration for admission.

If interested in pursuing the Accelerated Pathway to MOT option, talk to your faculty or professional advisor. You can also call (207) 753-6536 to set up an advising appointment on the Lewiston campus for the SBS or NAS degree paths, or call (207) 780-4555 to set up an advising appointment on the Gorham campus for the Health Sciences option. Transfer of any previously earned college credits will also be discussed.

The Accelerated Pathway option does not guarantee admission to the MOT program. Students must qualify in the same manner as any other applicant to the MOT program.

Students who are not admitted to the MOT Program must complete all regular NAS Program requirements in order to receive their BA in Natural & Applied Sciences.

Students electing for the Accelerated option have slightly different requirements and fewer elective choices (due to meeting the prerequisites for entry into the Occupational Therapy program) than the standard NAS Bachelors of Arts. These specific electives are marked with a * below.  If a student does not enter or complete the MOT program, they will need to complete additional classes shown on the NAS degree page before graduation.

NAS Required Classes (40 credits)

  • MAT 108 College Algebra  4 cr
  • SCI 113/114  Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 4 cr
  • SCI 115/116 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 4 cr
  • SCI 170/171 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab 4.5  cr*
  • SCI 170/171 Human Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab 4.5  cr*
  • SCI 209  Human Genetics 3 cr
  • SCI 281/282 Medical Microbiology w/ Lab 5 cr
  • SCI 315 Environmental Health 3 cr
  • SCI 345 Pathophysiology  3 cr
  • SCI 470 Neurophysiology 3 cr

MOT Prerequisites

In addition to the starred (*) courses above, students are also required to complete the following OT specific prerequisites with a grade of "B" or better:

  • SBS/HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development or PSY 220 Developmental Psychology 3 cr
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 cr
  • SBS 303 or PSY 233 Abnormal Psychology 3 cr
  • SCI 250 Applied Physics with Lab 4 cr
  • SCI 140 Medical Terminology 3 cr
  • SCI 470 Neurophysiology 3 cr
  • LAC 120 or MAT 120 Statistics 3-4 cr

Transition to MOT

Once these items are completed and the student is admitted into the Occupational Therapy program, the student will begin taking graduate coursework consisting of the required classes for the Masters in Occupational Therapy.