Occupational Therapy

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

This is an entry-level master’s degree program. Our mission is to prepare entry-level graduates to provide occupational therapy services with distinctiveness and compassion, in a variety of professional practice environments.

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What are the Degree Entry Options?

Eastern provides two methods for students seeking entry into the profession as an occupational therapist:

  • Option for Any Student with an Earned Bachelor Degree by the start of the summer term of the year after application – Entry into graduate studies and the MOT course sequence upon admission into the program.
  • Option for Eastern Washington University Students in Approved Undergraduate Degree Programs – Students who are pursuing an approved bachelor degree program at Eastern Washington University can enter the MOT program through the Combined Bachelors to Entry-Level Masters route. Currently, approved undergraduate programs participating in this path are: (1) Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interdisciplinary Studies, (2) Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science and (3) Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Psychology. In the junior year, students in these approved majors may apply to the MOT via the Combined Bachelors to Entry-Level Masters link in OTCAS. If accepted, the first year of the MOT course sequence counts towards completing the bachelor degree and the second year of the MOT course sequence and fieldwork level II experiences count towards the MOT degree.

International students must be admitted to Graduate Studies. Information can be found on the International Graduate web page. Specific Official English Proficiency Test Scores for admission to the MOT program:

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95590657

 

What will I study?

The program provides a foundation of skills in general practice competencies, leadership, and creative and critical thinking processes, to facilitate the development of a respected, entry-level occupational therapist. Additionally, graduates demonstrate a commitment to the common good, creative life-long learning, and high ethical standards for professional practice.

Our graduates come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Common undergraduate degrees include psychology, biology, exercise science, and interdisciplinary studies but the program has had students from a wide variety of majors.

• Every year roughly 250 people apply for 32 spots.

Once accepted into the program, you will enroll as a full-time, on-site student at the Eastern Washington University Spokane campus. The Master of Occupational Therapy program is a two-plus year lock-step, full-time in person program that begins in the summer term each year. After completion of the course work for the MOT program, you must complete 24 weeks of full-time fieldwork with a licensed occupational therapist to be eligible to graduate and sit for the national certification examination.

Advising

Potential applicants for the Master of Occupational Therapy degree are encouraged to contact the Occupational Therapy Department at ot@ewu.edu to discuss the degree requirements and application process and to ask your questions.

Eastern Washington University undergraduate students interested in pursuing the MOT via the Combined Bachelor to Masters of Occupational Therapy route should contact one of the following advisers by the end of their freshman year to ensure they have an approved degree plan in place to meet the requirements for applying to the MOT Program in their junior year.

  • BS in Exercise Science Option
    Students who are interested in the Exercise Science degree with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy should contact Christi Brewer at 509.359.2485 or cbrewer7@ewu.edu.
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies Option
    Students who are interested in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree option with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy should contact John Neace at 509.359.6524 or jneace@ewu.edu.ot@ewu.edu
  • BS in Health Psychology Option
    Students who are interested in the Health Psychology degree with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy should contact Kayleen Islam-Zwart at 509-359.6227 or kislamzwart@ewu.edu.

Application Process 2022-23 Cycle

Eastern Washington University Occupational Therapy program accepts applications annually for a mid-June class start date. Applications open up in mid-July and close at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on November 15. All applications are reviewed as they come in.  No priority is given to applications received earlier in the cycle. During the open period, applications are available on the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

The following are required for acceptance to the Master of Occupational Therapy program:

  • Apply to the appropriate entry path and pay the associated fees for the Occupational Therapy program online application in OTCAS by 5 p.m. EST on November 15.
  • Program applicants must complete all program entry requirements as outlined in the applicant’s offer email from the Department of Occupational Therapy by the start of the summer semester of the application year.

The following items are required to be completed at the time of submission of the OTCAS application:

  • Meet the requirements for admission to EWU Graduate Studies.
  • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended received and verified by OTCAS by the application submission deadline.
  • Evidence of Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree completion
    • Direct MOT entry: Degree must be posted before the start of the summer semester of the application year.
    • Combined Bachelor’s to Master’s entry: If accepted to the program the department will verify with the appropriate EWU undergraduate department adviser that the applicant is making satisfactory progress towards completion of the undergraduate degree at EWU.
  • Complete (at least 8 of the 10 by the OTCAS application submission deadline) the MOT specific prerequisites with a grade of 2.0 (C) or higher.  (Remaining prerequisites, if any, must be completed by the start of the summer semester of the application year.)
    • Demonstrate a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA in all MOT specific prerequisite courses.
  • Demonstrated experiences with persons with disabilities or living with life challenges to include voluntary or work experience of 40 hours or more.
    • At least 10 of the 40 hours must be shadowing a licensed occupational therapy practitioner in at least two different practice settings.  Telehealth hours do count toward observation/shadowing.  Applicants must upload a completed PDF of EWU’s Department of Occupational Therapy observation hours log to the Documents section of the OTCAS application.
  • All applicants applying to the MOT (either path) are required to complete Casper, part of the Altus Suite, to assist with our selection process for the 2022-2023 Application Cycle.  Applicants create an account at www.TakeAltus.com and navigate to Eastern Washington University’s tests. All applicants are required to complete Casper, part of the Altus Suite, to assist with our selection process for the 2022-2023 Application cycle.  Applicants create an account at www.TakeAltus.com and navigate to Eastern Washington University’s tests.  You must register and take the Casper assessment no later than the deadline posted on the Altus website which is typically at least two weeks prior to the OTCAS application submission deadline).  Testing spaces for each date are limited – please plan accordingly.  For the 2022-23 application cycle the last test date for the EWU MOT program is October 13, 2022.
  • Personal Statement completed in OTCAS.
  • Eastern Washington University-specific Essay Question completed in OTCAS.
  • Submission of 3 letters of recommendation as follows:
    • One from a licensed OT practitioner
    • One from: (1) a college professor or (2) an employer of at least 6 months
    • One as a character reference from someone not related to applicant

All prerequisite coursework must be taken at a regionally accredited college or university for a letter/number grade (not through certificate programs). Courses taken with a narrative grading system must be evaluated by the granting institution and a letter grade assigned. International courses must be evaluated by World Education Services or another credential evaluation service recognized by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

REQUIRED:

  • General Biology with lab
    This course must include chemistry of living systems and cell functions. A college chemistry for non-majors or chemistry for the health sciences course can be substituted.
  • Human Anatomy with lab
    This can be taken as a multi-term combined anatomy and physiology series of two terms or more. If the full Anatomy and Physiology series is completed at Eastern Washington University (BIOL 232/332, BIOL 233/333 and BIOL 234/334), the program-specific Medical Terminology prerequisite is waived. It is recommended to complete the full series of anatomy and physiology.
  • Human Physiology with lab
    This can be taken as a multi-term combined anatomy and physiology series of two terms or more. If the full Anatomy and Physiology series is completed at Eastern Washington University (BIOL 232/332, BIOL 233/333 and BIOL 234/334), the program-specific Medical Terminology prerequisite is waived. It is recommended to complete the full series of anatomy and physiology.
  • Intermediate English Composition or Technical Writing
    An intermediate English composition course or a technical writing course.  A course designated by a college/university or academic department as “writing intensive” can also fulfill this requirement. Applicants should submit course descriptions to ot@ewu.edu along with proof that the institution considers the course a writing intensive one for review.  Applicants who have already earned a master’s degree in a different field are exempt from this requirement.
  • Medical Terminology
    A college level medical terminology course from an accredited institution. The Medical Terminology (HLED 256) course is offered through Eastern Online. Applicants who are Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) are not required to take a Medical Terminology course.
  • Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
    Approved selected courses used to fulfill general graduation requirements for diversity or international studies may be substituted for an introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology course. Contact ot@ewu.edu for a list of approved courses and criteria.
  • Abnormal Psychology
    A college level abnormal psychology course.
  • General Psychology
    We will accept General Psychology Advanced Placement credit only under the following conditions: (1) applicant minored or majored in Psychology and (2) the AP credit is recorded on an accredited institution transcript as equivalent to a college level General Psychology course with a passing grade.  If the AP test shows as credits only on the transcript then we will not accept it and the applicant will need to take a General Psychology course in order to fulfill this prerequisite.
  • Life Span (Human Development or Developmental Psychology)
    A college level human development or developmental psychology course that covers the lifespan of a person.
  • Statistics
    A college level introduction to statistics course.
  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy
    Introduction to Occupational Therapy (OCTH 101) online course at Eastern Washington University or equivalent. This course covers the depth and breadth of occupational therapy practice, background, foundational knowledge of theory, practice models and history.
    For the 2022-23 application period the Introduction to Occupational Therapy prerequisite is highly recommended but not required.  Applicants during the 2022-23 application cycle must have completed 8 of the 10 required prerequisites at the time of application.
    For the 2023-24 application period and beyond the Introduction to Occupational Therapy prerequisite will be required.  Applicants during the 2023-24 must have completed 9 of the 11 required prerequisites at the time of application.

Go to: OTCAS Website.

  1. Create an OTCAS account and follow the prompts.
  2. Submit your documents as listed under General Requirements in step 2.
  3. Enter your completed Course Prerequisites as stated in step 3.

For more information on tuition and fees for a specific Occupational Therapy program curriculum sheet, please visit EWU’s Student Financial Services website.

Program and course fees are added on top of tuition and mandatory fees.

Individual course fees for lab supplies etc. are posted on each course section in the schedule (go to the Course Search function in EagleNET). Input the required parameters, select the course and look for the amount listed under “base fees.”

WICHE STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Eastern Washington University Occupational Therapy program participates in the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Program. WICHE helps students to enroll in selected out-of-state professional programs not offered in their resident state. Outbound students and their families save money through reduced tuition arrangements.

Information about WICHE Program

If you are a resident of Alaska, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Hawaii, Nevada, Montana, Nevada or Wyoming, you are encouraged to contact the certifying office in your state or the WICHE Office in Boulder, CO at the following address:

WICHE Student Exchange Program
P.O. Box 9752
Boulder, CO 80301-9752
303.541.0214
info-sep@wiche.edu

The following application elements are initially reviewed on all OTCAS applications received by the submission deadline:

  • Prerequisites
  • Altus Casper score
  • Personal Statement
  • Observation/Volunteer/Work Experience
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Essay
  • Prerequisite and last 60/90 GPAs

From the applicants who meet the minimums we pull approximately 70-75 to interview based on the following criteria for the 2022-23 application cycle.  Interviews for the 2022-23 application cycle are tentatively set for January 14, 2023.

  • Last 60/90 attempted GPA
  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Altus Casper score
  • Essays

After the interview, a final selection of 32 individuals plus about 25 wait-listed individuals is compiled based on a complete records review and the results of the interview’s two activities:

  • Group interview
  • Group challenge activity

Past Program Acceptance Statistics

  • 200+ applicants, 32 accepted each year
  • Past 3 years: Cumulative GPA (Last 60/90 credits): average 3.88, lowest GPA accepted to program 3.6
  • Past 3 years: Prerequisite GPA (at time of application): average 3.90, lowest Prerequisite GPA accepted to program 3.5

During the progression of occupational therapy coursework, development of a high level of professionalism is a focus. Students are expected to demonstrate professional behaviors in classes, fieldwork experiences, and interactions with other students, instructors, clients, staff, faculty, and other University personnel.  Professional behaviors include: responsibility, competence, communication, integrity, cooperation/teamwork, respect and initiative. Students will be expected to use good judgment regarding appropriate dress and grooming for classes and Fieldwork I and II placements. Emotional maturity is expected in all professional matters throughout the OT Program.  Students in the program are assessed as they progress using an assessment tool (see Appendix 2 Professional Behaviors Assessment in the OT Student Handbook 2022-23 for details.)

Professionalism is expected by those who are trained to do a job well and is demonstrated when that professional uses skill, good judgment, and polite behavior expected from a professional.  There are also guidelines, rules and laws that govern the professional conduct expected of an Occupational Therapist.  It is critical that you review these documents and fully understand them.

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Thank you for your interest in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Eastern Washington University!

Options for Visiting: EWU’s Spokane campus does not offer formal campus tours.  You are welcome to come to campus and tour on your own (make sure to follow all signage regarding Covid-19 protocols).  Typically campus buildings are open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Information Sessions: We hold periodic information sessions via Zoom during the application cycle.  Choose the session you want to attend below and click the link to register.  After you register you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

*Sep 12, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time.  Register in advance for this meeting: https://ewu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsf-qhqTstEtfL3XA_vjZVYZUBb2-LxjIT

*Oct 20, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time.  Register in advance for this meeting: https://ewu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqfuyvqz4uG93UZf-qgX1mufkxNYy_aq9N

Application

To apply to the program complete the Eastern Washington University Department of Occupational Therapy application for your MOT path through OTCAS.  Effective with the 2022-23 application cycle EWU will charge a program application fee payable through a link in OTCAS.  This is in addition to the OTCAS application fee.

Curriculum & Requirements

Occupational Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

All courses are required for the award of a Master of Occupational Therapy degree. For students entering through the Combined Bachelor's and Master of Occupational Therapy degree options, the first three semesters' credits (37 credits) will be assigned towards their Bachelor's degree plan and the remaining 50 credits will be assigned towards the Master of Occupational Therapy degree plan. For questions, please contact Graduate Studies. 

Required Courses
OCTH 501SAPPLIED HUMAN ANATOMY FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY4
OCTH 502SCLINICAL KINESIOLOGY AND BIOMECHANICS3
OCTH 503SAPPLIED NEUROLOGY FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 3
OCTH 504SOCCUPATIONAL THERAPY THEORY AND FOUNDATIONS 4
OCTH 505SIMPACT OF HUMAN DISEASE ON OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE 1
OCTH 506SPRACTICE SKILLS AND ETHICS2
OCTH 507SANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS OF OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE3
OCTH 510SGROUP PROCESS3
OCTH 512SFIELDWORK II SEMINAR1
OCTH 515SINTER-PROFESSIONAL AND CROSS-CULTURAL LEARNING FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY1
OCTH 517SGRP PROCESS: FIELD APPLICATION1
OCTH 520SPRINCIPLES OF EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE1
OCTH 522SRESEARCH METHODS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY3
OCTH 523SASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE 3
OCTH 530SOCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND MENTAL HEALTH: LPD3
OCTH 531SOCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND ADULTS4
OCTH 532SOCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS3
OCTH 533SOCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND OLDER ADULTS3
OCTH 535SOCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND MENTAL HEALTH: PAS3
OCTH 537SOCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS: PAS3
OCTH 538SOCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND OLDER ADULTS: FIE1
OCTH 540SHEALTH AND WELLNESS 3
OCTH 541STECHNOLOGIES FOR ENABLING OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE3
OCTH 542SLEADERSHIP IN ENABLING OCCUPATION IN DIVERSE SETTINGS4
OCTH 595SCLINICAL FIELDWORK I (must be repeated three times for a total of 3 credits.)3
OCTH 601SPROFESSIONAL PROJECT I3
OCTH 602SPROFESSIONAL PROJECT II2
OCTH 695SCLINICAL FIELDWORK LEVEL II (variable credit–must be repeated twice for a total of 16 credits)16
Total Credits87
 

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