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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.
  1. MOT Program Proposed 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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