Master of Occupational Therapy
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.
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 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.
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 – 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 through a Combined Bachelors to Entry-Level Masters degree path. Currently, approved undergraduate programs participating in this path are: (1) Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interdisciplinary Studies and (2) Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science and Bachelor of Science. In the junior year, students in these approved majors may apply to the Combined Bachelors to Entry-Level Masters. 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: