NAS MOT JumpStart
It is possible to obtain both a BA in Natural and Applied Science and a Masters in Occupational Therapy using the JumpStart (3+2) option. Students may complete their undergraduate AND graduate education in five (5) years by selecting this option. Students should begin their academic career and identify as JumpStart when they matriculate into the Natural and Applied Sciences undergraduate program. At the start of their Junior year, the student must apply to the MOT program. See program specifics below:
During their final year, students complete the following as they plan to enter the program:
USM Core curriculum requirements
Academic major requirements
MOT prerequisite requirements.
The Jump Start option does not guarantee admission to the MOT program. Students must qualify in the same manner as any other applicant to the MOT program. Contact the Student Success Center for an advising appointment or more information at (207) 753-6536.
Students electing for the JumpStart program 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 (50 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 105/106 Biological Principles I and Lab 4.5 cr
- SCI 170/171 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab 4.5 cr*
- SCI 270/271 Human Anatomy & Physiology II & Lab 4.5 cr*
- SCI 107 Biological Principles II w/ Lab 4.5 cr
- SCI 209 Human Genetics 3 cr
- SCI 252 Medical Microbiology w/Lab 4 cr
- SCI 305 Molecular Physiology w/ Lab 4 cr
- SCI 315 Environmental Health 3 cr
- SCI 380 Pathophysiology I 3 cr*
- SCI 381 Pathophysiology II 3 cr*
Lewiston-Auburn Common Core (~ 35 credits)
Besides major requirements and electives, students are required to complete the Lewiston-Auburn Common Core which integrates tightly with the major and a USM Thematic Cluster which consists of minimum an additional 35 credit hours. For a NAS-OT JumpStart student, this would include:
LCC 110 or LCC 111, LCC 123 or LCC 345, LCC 150, LCC 200, LCC 220 or LCC 320, LCC 230, LCC 250, LCC 480 plus three additional Thematic Cluster Courses.
Certain thematic clusters compliment the NAS/MOT degrees better than others or have prerequisites met by the degree. Consult with your adviser for more options.
Students are also required to complete the following OT specific prerequisites with a "B" or better:
HRD 200 or PSY 220, SOC 100, SBS 303, SCI 150 or SCI 250, as well as a non-credit Medical Terminiology course available through Adult Education.
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.