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Sep 22 2017

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Academic Programs | Master of Occupational Therapy

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Trinity Washington University s Master of Occupational Therapy program prepares busy students for a career in OT. The program offers weekend classes, online learning, and community placements.

Classes meet eight times each semester and emphasize active learning, skills practicums, and case-based problem-solving. Online instructions, including lecture, directed reading, and discussions, delivers basic and advanced content. Concurrent clinical placements in diverse practice settings provide opportunities for observation and supervised practice.

The MOT program involves five semesters of full-time study, followed by two 12-week full-time Level II field work placements. Students enter the program in the fall semester and are expected to maintain continuous enrollment until graduation.

Featured Courses

OTM 520 Foundations of OT Practice This course introduces students to the core foundations of occupational therapy and occupation-based practice. Topics include the history of the profession, occupation and occupational science, and theoretical bases and frames of reference that guide of OT practice. Students gain skills in articulating the domain and roles of the profession and describing the practice of OT as defined in the OT Practice Framework. The official documents of the AOTA and major OT theories will be introduced.
3 credits
Prerequisites: None OTM 521 Occupational Development Across the Lifespan This course covers occupational development from infancy to older adulthood. Key developmental changes in motor, cognitive, social and emotional domains will be examined, and the processes through which people acquire performance skills, values, roles, and habits will be explored. The role of the environment in development and the transactional nature of developmental change will be emphasized. Students will learn to distinguish between normal development and aging, and pathology, and to articulate the importance of a lifespan perspective to OT practice.
3 credits
Prerequisites: None OTM 522 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology This course will provide an overview of gross and clinical anatomy, clinical kinesiology, and biomechanics as they relate to occupation. Students will study the skeletal and muscular system, develop an understanding human movement in functional activities and skills, and examine the impact of musculoskeletal conditions on occupational performance. Observation, palpation and basic clinical skills will be introduced.
4 credits
Prerequisites: None OTM 532 Functional Neuroscience: Sensory-Motor Foundations of Occupation This course provides an overview of the structures and functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems with an emphasis on sensory and motor processing. The course is focused on the role of sensory processing and motor activation on occupational performance, along with the impact of neurological disease and injury on occupational engagement. Learning experiences include the application of neuroscience principles to assessment and treatment, and lab experiences with peers on assessment of impairment and human performance.
4 credits
Prerequisites: None OTM 534 Pediatric Interventions This course focuses on OT practice with infants, children and adolescents with health conditions or disabilities that interfere with occupational performance and/or participation. Students will learn about common conditions and diseases and develop clinical skills in assessment, intervention, and documentation. Course includes a Level I FW placement in a pediatric setting. This FW is designed to enrich the didactic and lab content of the course by providing opportunities for observation and participation with clients, families and professionals in a clinical setting.
4 credits
Prerequisites: None OTM 614 Psychosocial/Behavioral Foundations and Intervention This course covers psychosocial and cognitive aspects of occupational performance, reviews common behavioral conditions that limit occupational performance, and examine the role of OT with individuals and groups with cognitive and behavioral disorders. Students learn theories of OT in mental health and develop skills needed for assessment, intervention and documentation. Traditional and evidence-based interventions will be presented. Course includes a Level I FW placement in a mental health facility or community setting where students will have the opportunity to observe OT intervention and participate in the OT process with individual or groups with behavioral and/or cognitive impairments.
4 credits
Prerequisites: None

Career Paths

  • Occupational Therapist, Registered (O.T.R.)
  • Settings:
    • Acute Care and Rehabilitation Hospitals
    • Schools
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities
    • Out-Patient and Hand Therapy Settings
    • Mental Health Facilities
    • Community Settings


ACOTE Accreditation

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited 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 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). In addition, all 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.

Occupational therapy students must successfully pass all Level I and Level II fieldwork placements.




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