Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)

The Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program is the entry-level program for occupational therapy, and is endorsed by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

The goal of this entry-level program is to educate individuals to become occupational therapy health care professionals. It is designed as a five-year program. During the first two (undergraduate) years, students complete seventy-one to seventy-three liberal arts and science pre-professional credits. In the following (first professional) year, an additional fifty-six credits are completed, after which the student is awarded a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree. In the final two professional years, students complete thirty-six credits, inclusive of fieldwork requirements (ACOTE Standards). Upon completion of the M.O.T. degree, students are eligible to sit for the national certification and examination procedures of the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy. A state License to practice is required after successful completion of the NBCOT certification examination.


The M.O.T. program at Wayne State University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), the accrediting body of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The address for ACOTE is:

ACOTE, C/O Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.

The courses prepare students to take the National Certification Examination (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy).

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda MD 20814-3449
telephone: 301-652-6611; Fax: 301-652-7711

Admission Requirements

Admission: Applicants must meet the admission standards of the Graduate School. Please contact the Occupational Therapy Program for further information.

Professional Program Admission: Applicants must apply for admission to the professional program and be formally admitted at the undergraduate level and transition to the Graduate level while in the program. All applicants must hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or above for the pre-professional program. All prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of ‘C’ or better. No more than two professional core prerequisite courses may be repeated to improve grades. In addition, the applicant must:

  1. complete twenty hours of contact with a registered occupational therapist and provide documentation of this;
  2. complete a Program Personal/Professional Statement;
  3. submit a letter of recommendation from a current or former supervisor.

Students who have no work experience may seek a recommendation from an instructor of one of the Occupational Therapy Core Courses.For a checklist of application requirements, visit the program website. All applicants must apply through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) Application.

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor upon admission to the M.O.T. program. After completion of the undergraduate and graduate coursework, each student will be assigned a Level II Fieldwork Coordinator faculty advisor, to counsel the student for the remainder of the program.

Undergraduate Preparation: For pre-professional and undergraduate-level professional requirements, applicants should consult the departmental website, or the current Undergraduate Bulletin.


The M.O.T. program consists of a minimum of 162-164 credits in course work including the pre-professional program, professional courses and fieldwork. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

M.O.T. Professional Graduate Program

The first three years of the M.O.T. program, including the first year of this Professional Program, are taken at the undergraduate level. For information, consult the Undergraduate Bulletin or contact the the College's Student Affairs Office.

Semester One (Winter)
OT 5040Environmental Influence on Disability and Health3
OT 6000Interventions and Outcomes II (FWI School Jan.-Aprl)5
OT 6230Motor Control3
OT 7120Topics in Assistive Technology3
Semester Two (Spring)
OT 7200Occupational Therapy Practice in Aging3
Elective I3
Semester Three (Summer or Fall)
OT 7898Level II Fieldwork A: Medical8
Semester Four (Fall or Winter)
OT 7899Level II Fieldwork B: Community8


OT 6090Directed Research1-4
OT 7500Occupational Therapy Synthesis3
OT 7990Directed Study (Max. 5)1-3