MOT in Occupational Therapy
USM's Lewiston-Auburn College offers a professional, entry-level Master's degree in Occupational Therapy for people who hold a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than occupational therapy. The Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health and human services profession that recognizes humans as occupational beings. People define who they are by what they do, or by the occupations in which they engage. Occupational therapists use meaningful occupation or activities as intervention to help people of all ages maximize wellness and perform the skills they need to participate as fully in society as possible. OTs intervene with people who are experiencing varying degrees of activity impairment as a result of developmental, physical, psychological, cognitive, or environmental dysfunction. As an OT, you will assist people in developing, compensating for, or regaining the skills necessary for participation in meaningful life roles and skills of self-care, work, and leisure.
Graduate entry-level occupational therapy education builds upon the previous education and experience of the student by providing a sequential course of professional study that stresses active, independent inquiry, critical thinking, strong communication skills (oral, nonverbal, written, and electronic), problem solving, clinical reasoning, and professional behaviors. Realizing that consumers may receive occupational therapy services in a wide variety of settings, students are exposed to practice in hospitals, other health institutions, schools, community agencies and centers, and other facilities where potential clients may be served.
For additional information, please visit the "How to Apply" page on MOT's website.
Students in the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program will complete 80 graduate credits consisting of 7 semesters of coursework, including 6 months of full time fieldwork. All courses in the curriculum must be completed with a cumulative average of B or better to earn the MOT degree. The Course Sequence Guide for full and part time students can be found under the Additional Information section of the MOT website.
Students are required to complete three Level I Fieldwork experiences with one each in mental health, community practice, and pediatric or adult settings. The Level I Fieldwork is completed concurrently with the semester in which the relevant coursework is taken. Students are also required to complete two separate, 12 week long Level II Fieldwork experiences in two different settings.
Personal health insurance is required for all students in this program. Students may select the university insurance coverage or a private company as long as the coverage meets that of the University policy.
As part of Level I and II fieldwork placements, students will be required to complete an annual criminal background check and fingerprinting as part of their requirements. If a student has been convicted of a felony and is uncertain if his or her conviction may jeopardize potential board certification, he or she should participate in NBCOT's Character Review Process and should complete the Early Determination Review to determine eligibility to sit for the NBCOT exam (required for licensure). Students should also check with the Maine State Licensure Bureau regarding eligibility for certification and licensure in the state.
Students are required to become members of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
ACOTE and NBCOT:
The Master of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Southern Maine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD, 20852-4929. The telephone number for ACOTE c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. You can visit the ACOTE website at: www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be 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) and will be eligible to practice. Most states require licensure in order to practice. In Maine, the license is based upon initial certification from the NBCOT certification examination. NBCOT is located at 12 South Summit Ave, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.
In addition to the general policies described in the Academic Policies chapter, specific policies of this program are as follows.
Unless applying for a part time option, the program's academic work is designed to be completed within seven semesters of being admitted to the program. To ensure continuity of application of academic concepts and to meet accreditation standards, all fieldwork MUST be completed within 24 months following completion of academic preparation. The time limit for completion of the MOT program is dated from the date of first matriculation and ends at five years.
All courses in the occupational therapy curriculum must be completed with a minimum of B- (2.67) in order to carry graduate credit. If a student receives a grade below B-, the student must repeat the course in the next semester that it is offered. Because occupational therapy courses are not offered every semester, it may be necessary for the student to take a leave of absence from the program until the required course is offered again. A student is only permitted to repeat one course. If a student receives a grade below B- in a second course, he or she will be dismissed from the program.
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in each semester in order to progress in the program. A student whose grade point average falls below a 3.0 in any semester will be placed on academic probation and will have one semester to bring the grade point average up to at least a 3.0. Students who fail to do this will be dismissed from the program. A student may not be placed on probation more than once.
The Master of Occupational Therapy program abides by the University of Southern Maine transfer policy as outlined in the graduate catalog. In addition, all transfer courses must be evaluated by the MOT Program Director to determine whether they meet the content requirements of the appropriate ACOTE standards. Only those courses which meet the standards will be accepted for transfer.
Courses in the Master of Occupational Therapy program are integrative by design and so must be taken in a specific order. The Course Sequence Guide for the current academic year can be found under the Additional Information section of the MOT website.
Required courses are as follows (full time courseload):
OTH 501 Occupational Therapy Foundations 3 cr
OTH 502 Introduction to Occupation 3 cr
OTH 503 Reflective Practitioner 3 cr
OTH 506 Contextual Considerations 3 cr
OTH 514 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Movement Lecture 3 cr
OTH 515 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Movement Lab 1 cr
OTH 504 Research and Evidence Based Practice I 3 cr
OTH 505 Impact of Mental Health on Occupational Perf. Part I Lecture 3 cr
OTH 508 Impact of Mental Health on Occupational Perf. Part I Lab 1 cr
OTH 507 Ethics and Occupational Justice 3 cr
OTH 509 Level I Fieldwork: Mental Health/Psychosocial Practice 1 cr
OTH 520 Neuroscience for Occupational Therapists Lecture 3 cr
OTH 521 Neuroscience for Occupational Therapists Lab 1 cr
OTH 510 Level I Fieldwork: Community Practice/Evidence Based Practice 1 cr
OTH 512 Research and Evidence Based Practice II 3 cr
OTH 603 Occupational Performance: Adulthood Part I Lecture 3 cr
OTH 606 Occupational Performance: Adulthood Part I Lab 1 cr
OTH 511 Level I Fieldwork: Populations 1 cr
OTH 518 Group Process: Principles and Practice in Occupational Therapy 3 cr
OTH 602 Applied Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology Lecture 3 cr
OTH 609 Applied Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology Lab 1 cr
OTH 604 Occupational Performance: Infancy-Adolescence Part I Lecture 3 cr
OTH 607 Occupational Performance: Infancy-Adolescence Part I Lab 1 cr
OTH 605 Management in Occupational Therapy 3 cr
OTH 614 Occupational Performance: Adulthood Part II Lecture 3 cr
OTH 617 Occupational Performance: Adulthood Part II Lab 1 cr
OTH 615 Occupational Performance: Infancy-Adolescence Part II Lecture 3 cr
OTH 619 Occupational Performance: Infancy-Adolescence Part II Lab 1 cr
OTH 620 Level II Fieldwork 6 cr
OTH 608 Reflections on Practice 3 cr
OTH 616 Professional Presentations 3 cr
OTH 620 Level II Fieldwork 6 cr