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Combined Bachelor's to Master of Occupational Therapy Program (3+2)

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Eastern Washington University provides a unique method for students seeking entry into the profession of occupational therapy. It is through our Combined Bachelor's to Master's Program (3+2), within the Interdisciplinary Studies or Exercise Science undergraduate program, leading to eligibility for an advanced standing MOT.

What will I study?

This program will allow a student to complete the requirements for an undergraduate degree while enrolled in courses required for the first year of the professional Occupational Therapy program. The student begins the Occupational Therapy Track in the senior year, earns a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies or Exercise Science, and applies to the Advanced Standing MOT Program, which can be completed over the next one and half years. This program will introduce occupational therapy to undergraduate students early in their career development.

Advising for the Combined Bachelors to Masters Program (3+2 Program)

The student first meets with the Occupational Therapy Department for review of prerequisites and course of study, and is then referred to the director of Interdisciplinary Studies or Exercise Science for formal application. Students interested in this option are encouraged to be advised by Dr. Roberta Snover, Director of Admissions in the Department of Occupational Therapy, during their freshman or sophomore years. During the first three years of the 3+2 program, the student completes the course of study that addresses his or her interests and works on meeting university requirements for the bachelor's degree. Additionally, during this time, the student fulfills the prerequisite requirements and applies for acceptance into the Combined Bachelors to Masters Program.

Students who require advising in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy should contact John Neace 509.359.6524 or

Students who require advising in the Exercise Science degree with an emphasis in Occupational Therapy should contact Jeni McNeal 509-359-2872,

  1. MOT Program Course Sequence
  2. Fieldwork
    The graduate academic program includes two plus years (five semesters) of graduate and/or post professional education, and six months of fieldwork (full time training in occupational therapy practice).  During the professional program, education and training emphasizes life and human sciences, occupation-based theory and practice, developmental processes across the life span, occupational therapy practice and services, professional behaviors, cultural competence, and evidence-based practice.  Practice experiences at the Fieldwork I and II levels are an integral part of the educational program. Fieldwork I is infused in coursework throughout the four semesters of the professional program and Fieldwork II is scheduled after successful completion of the academic coursework. Fieldwork II provides the learner with the opportunity to apply and integrate professional knowledge, skills, and behaviors to occupational therapy practice in traditional and emerging settings.
  3. Final Comprehensive Examination
    The final comprehensive examination for the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Degree includes a research seminar and oral defense of the master's capstone project presented to the department and graduate committee. Immediately following the oral defense of the capstone project, the student is given an oral examination administered by the student's graduate committee which is composed of two-three departmental faculty members and a graduate faculty member from outside the department. The focus of the examination is the student's capstone project and general questions related to the profession of occupational therapy and its practice. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination is required before enrollment in OCTH 695S.
  4. National Certification Examination
    Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification of 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. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Students must complete Level II Fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
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