Occupational Therapy, MOT
Delaware State University offers an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy degree that can be fully completed in 2.5 years. Through a strong curricular foundation, this program prepares graduates to be generalists within the various arenas of the field and to meet changing demands within health care and public sectors.
The program has received Accreditation Status 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.
As an ACOTE accredited program, graduates are 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 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.
The program aims to develop leaders and innovators through development of emerging practice programs, engagement in interdisciplinary programs, field experiences in diverse clinical and public health settings, and engagement in pro bono work.
In compliance with ACOTE accreditation standards, applications are submitted through the OT Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Please allow a few weeks for the OTCAS verification process. Visit otcas.org to begin the application process.
All applicants are required to submit/show evidence of the following:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university
- Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a B- or better and a GPA of no less than 3.0:
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (2 semesters with lab)
- Physics or Human Movement
- Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
- General Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Developmental Psychology, Life Span Development or Human Development
All prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of submitting applying.
Additional Admissions Requirements
- Documented observation hours with an OTR. Observation of three or more client populations is recommended.
- Three letters of recommendation, one from an OTR
- Applicant interview if determined by the occupational therapy admissions committee
In addition to established coursework, students within the curriculum complete a total of 24 weeks of fieldwork following completion of the didactic portion of the program. There is a total of 52 credits from professional courses and 12 credits of clinical fieldwork
*Enrollment is contingent upon receipt of all required documents no later than two weeks prior to the enrollment period for U.S. applicants and four weeks prior for international students