Occupational Therapy

Graduate programs

Master of Occupational Therapy

TBD, Program Director
Professional Building, room 160
Phone: (417) 836-8553
@missouristate.edu

Program description

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) entry-level curriculum prepares students to be reflective occupational therapy practitioners in traditional and emerging areas of practice.  Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan to promote and facilitate participation in all aspects of daily life through the therapeutic use of occupations (life activities).   The program prepares graduates to practice in a variety of settings such as hospitals, homes, private practices, rehabilitation facilities, schools, community and governmental agencies, industry, and education or research centers.

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation 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 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates 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). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.  Please see the Occupational Therapy program website at http://sportsmed.missouristate.edu/OccupationalTherapy/ for the current accreditation status.

Admission requirements

Completed applications must be received by January 15th for admission beginning in the following June.  To be considered for admission to the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program, a prospective student must apply to the MSU Master of Occupational Therapy graduate program via the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Services (OTCAS) (http://www.otcas.org/).  In addition to the OTCAS online application, applicants are required to meet the following qualifications and send requested official documentation to:  Missouri State University, Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training – Occupational Therapy Program, Attn:  Program Director, 901 S National Ave, Springfield, MO 65897.  Only applicants who are accepted into the MOT program will be required to submit an application to the Graduate College and pay the non-refundable application fee per the MSU Graduate College policy.

Full admission to the MOT program is competitive; not all that apply will be admitted.  Students who are not accepted into the program may apply for the next application deadline.  Applications with complete application materials for full admission will be reviewed by the OT Program Selection Committee.  A select number of applicants will be invited for a personal interview.  Phone or Skype interviews will be permitted for students living a distance of more than 100 miles from Springfield, MO.

Selection for an interview and final admission decisions will be based on the following:

  1. Submission of an application to the OTCAS that must include a personal statement not to exceed three pages; two letters of recommendation that includes a minimum of one letter from an academic source (advisor, instructor, etc.), documented evidence of a minimum of 30 hours of observation of occupational therapy in at least two different areas of practice;
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of no less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale;
  3. Submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the last five years prior to application with a preferred minimum score of 153 in Verbal Reasoning, 150 in Qualitative Reasoning, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing;
  4. International applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to submit minimum scores of 550 on the paper-based, or a comparable score of 213 on the computer-based test, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);
  5. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation.  The undergraduate degree may be in any field, but students must complete the following prerequisites (or their equivalents) listed below prior to entering the program in the summer:

**If students take a combined course, it must be taken across two semesters for a total of at least 8 credit hours to meet admission criteria; a single combined anatomy and physiology course WILL NOT be accepted.

 6.  Provide evidence of current Professional Rescuer and AED certification.

Once Accepted to the MOT Program, ALL Students Must Provide the Following:

  1. Submit an application to the Missouri State University Graduate College and pay the application fee;
  2. Submit a non-refundable confirmation fee of $500 to the Occupational Therapy Program, Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training to reserve a seat in the incoming class.  Upon matriculation into the MOT program, this fee will be applied to the summer session tuition;
  3. Evidence of current physical examination including a TB skin test or chest X-ray. Matriculating students must also demonstrate evidence of good physical health and have up-to-date immunizations (MMR, tetanus, and a complete Hepatitis B series);
  4. Applicants must have the capacity for performance of the technical functions and tasks required of an occupational therapist;
  5. Students will be required to initiate and pay for any additional security checks and drug screening required by clinical agencies, professional memberships and licensure, as well as any other cost associated with their program of study.  Students must submit drug screening test and criminal record check and receive response that the student has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMO or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as an Occupational Therapist.*

*Students who fail these checks or procedures will be subject to further review by the OT Program Selection Committee.  This may result in dismissal from the MOT program; 

  1. Admitted students will be required to purchase Liability insurance – group rates will be available;
  2. The American Occupational Therapy Association has an Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards to which all MOT students will adhere; students will respect the rights and dignity of all individuals;
  3. Matriculated students must enroll on a full-time basis and progress through the program with their class.

Retention requirements

After admission into the MOT program, a student must achieve the following for retention in the program:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.00, with no more than 9 semester hours of graduate work below a grade of "B", and no hours of graduate work below a "C".
  2. Demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity and integrity, as well as behaviors and attitudes normally expected of healthcare professionals.
  3. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge.
  4. Maintain current liability insurance.
  5. Maintain current professional rescuer and AED certification.
  6. Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Students who fail to meet the retention criteria may:

  1. Be placed on academic or clinical probation in the MOT program, or
  2. Be dismissed from the program, based on the judgment of the majority of the Occupational Therapy  graduate faculty. Students who fail to meet the probationary criteria or are dismissed from the program are not eligible for readmission into the MOT program.  Students have the right to follow the University’s appeal process on any disciplinary sanction received.
  3. Students should refer to the Missouri State University Occupational Therapy Student Handbook for additional policies and procedures.

Degree requirements

Academic Advisor. After admission to the graduate program, the student will be assigned an academic advisor who will supervise the student's graduate program and chair the candidate's graduate committee.

Core Courses (76 hours)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

OTE 600

Principles and Techniques of Patient Care

1 hr

OTE 610

Foundations and Theory in Occupational Therapy

3 hrs

OTE 612

Occupational Development Through the Lifespan

2 hrs

OTE 615

Clinical Reasoning and Documentation

1 hr

OTE 620

Psychosocial Perspectives in Occupational Therapy Practice

3 hrs

OTE 624

Therapeutic Modalities

4 hrs

OTE 630

Assessment Tools and Evaluation Techniques in Occupational Therapy

3 hrs

OTE 640

Evidence-Based Practice

1 hr

OTE 645

Clinical Gross Anatomy

5 hrs

OTE 646

Neuroscience

3 hrs

OTE 650

Introduction to Biomedical Biomechanics

3 hrs

OTE 680

Field Work Level I-A

1 hr

OTE 690

Field Work Level I-B

1 hr

OTE 700

Professional Issues:  Diversity and Ethics

3 hrs

OTE 720

Conditions I:  Cognitive Dysfunction

3 hrs

OTE 725

Environmental Adaptations and Assistive Technology

2 hrs

OTE 730

Conditions II:  Physical Dysfunction

3 hrs

OTE 732

Applied Research Methods in Healthcare

2 hrs

OTE 745

Therapeutic Skills I:  Practice with Adult and Older Adult

4 hrs

 OTE 746

 Management and Policy in Occupational Therapy Practice

 

OTE 750

Therapeutic Skills II:  Practice with Children and Adolescents

4 hrs

OTE 760

Specialty Topics

4 (1 hr each)

OTE 765

Community and Health Practice in Occupational Therapy

3 hrs

OTE 780

Fieldwork Level II-A

6 hrs

OTE 790

Fieldwork Level II-B

6 hrs

OTE 798

Research Project

2 (1 hr each)

Elective Courses. Students are not required to complete any elective courses but are welcome to work directly with their advisor and committee to determine if elective courses should be completed to strengthen their plan of study.

Comprehensive Examination.  Students must pass a comprehensive exam which is implemented in the curriculum as computer-based competency testing.