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Master of Occupational Therapy

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The Occupational Therapy program at EWU provides an entry-level master's degree program taught by faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized in the occupational therapy profession. Our mission is to prepare entry-level graduates to provide occupational therapy services with distinctiveness and compassion, in a variety of professional practice environments. The program provides a foundation of skills in general practice competencies, leadership skills, and creative and critical thinking processes, to facilitate the development of an innovative, entry-level occupational therapist. Additionally, graduates demonstrate a commitment to the common good, creative life-long learning, and high ethical standards for professional practice. 

Students engage in coursework designed to build practice skills across the lifespan in physical, mental, and preventive care paradigms. Emphasis is placed in community-based and client-centered activities through interactive class tasks, labs and various facility experiences. The program emphasizes community-based and interdisciplinary service delivery models essential for successful practice in rural, underrepresented and underserved areas. Culture awareness, as related to service delivery, is integral to the program. Students are also actively engaged in research activities, resulting in a completed research report relevant to occupational therapy.

The Department of Occupational Therapy is dedicated to creating a student-centered learning environment, in collaboration with the educational resources at Eastern Washington University. Faculty and students are encouraged to demonstrate a spirit of scholarly inquiry, and to contribute ongoing knowledge to the profession of occupational therapy. The program strives to create and nurture partnerships with the region's health care, educational, business and social communities, to enhance the quality of the educational experience for our students.

What will I study?

Students will:

  • demonstrate entry-level professional competencies in communication and a commitment to professional growth through life-long learning;
  • demonstrate a commitment to the common good that promotes effective, responsible and compassionate delivery of occupational therapy services;
  • demonstrate leadership skills that advocate for individuals and groups, promote the profession and improve the service delivery of occupational therapy;
  • demonstrate entry-level practice competencies based upon a comprehensive understanding of human occupation and occupational performance.

Find the course sequence for the MOT program here:  Courses of Study

Find the admission requirements here: Admission Requirements

Find the application procedures here: MOT Application Procedures

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