Occupational Therapy

Department of Occupational Therapy

USM's College of Science, Technology, & Health offers an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy Program for students who have an undergraduate degree in any field 


The Occupational Therapy program takes an integrative and holistic approach in educating students to become Occupational Therapists. Graduates of this program will be prepared to succeed in the health and community care contexts as ethical, socially responsible, life-long learners.

Completed applications filed by the priority deadline of October 1st will be reviewed for admittance the following fall. All completed application packets received by this date will be reviewed and interviews with qualified applicants will be held in mid-November. All application materials received after October 1st but before the final February 1st deadline will be reviewed beginning in early February and will be considered for the fall cohort.


To learn more about potential changes to the education of future OT practitioners, please visit the AOTA website.



Mission Statement

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program develops entry-level occupational therapists who strive to be agents of change by understanding the socio-cultural, political, and economic factors that influence the nature of occupation in society and health as well as the profession of occupational therapy. 

Graduates of this program will be prepared to succeed in the health and community care contexts as ethical, socially responsible life-long learners. Graduates will understand their capacities as leaders while employing the skills of clinical reasoning, problem-solving, and use of evidence to positively impact their clients, their communities and their own lives.

Philosophy Statement

The MOT program at the University of Southern Maine is committed to excellence and the thorough academic preparation of entry-level occupational therapy practitioners. The program supports the development of reflective, skilled, evidence-based practitioners who can provide leadership and a model for change. Learners construct knowledge based on the integration of academic content, active and engaged learning opportunities both in and outside of the classroom, life experiences within a sociocultural context, and the reflective analysis of all of the above. Learning/teaching is a collaborative process with peers and faculty, emphasizing respect for and value of critical thinking and clinical reasoning used to apply theory to practice. Learning is valued as a life-long process.

Central to our curriculum is recognition that humans are occupational beings who engage in culturally meaningful activities (occupations) that are influenced by the context of their lives. Engagement in occupations is necessary for health and well-being. It is the aim of this program to help students examine the meaning of occupation in healthy lives, as well as to understand how stress, trauma, disease, dysfunction, and environmental constraints impact occupational performance and participation. Students are encouraged to respect the uniqueness, dignity, and value of each individual, and to exemplify this by making the client and his/her needs central to the therapeutic process. In addition to working with individual clients, we recognize and support the stance of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Commission on Practice that clients include “groups, organizations, persons, caregivers, and communities.”

The MOT program recognizes and supports occupation-based practice. This includes the importance of examining the interaction among the client, his/her multiple contexts, and the occupations in which he/she engages. Through mutual respect, a strong theoretical and practice base, and collaborative and active teaching/learning, the MOT program at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College graduates occupational therapy students who are well prepared to enter the occupational therapy profession.