The Master of Occupational Therapy degree program at KU is a full time, three-year course of study; it includes academic, practicum, and fieldwork preparation. Those students who are accepted into the program may enter as early as their senior year of college, and will spend the first year of the OT program (summer, fall and spring semesters) in undergraduate study. Students spenOT student working with lady to prepare a meal in community kitchen.d the following two years (two fall and two spring semesters) completing the graduate portion of the program. Two 3-month, full-time Level II Fieldwork experiences are completed during these final two years of study at various site locations. Practicum and fieldwork experiences are offered throughout the Kansas City community, the state of Kansas and, in some cases, in states other than Kansas.
This program has been designed to provide students with skills necessary to work as an Occupational Therapist in a range of possible settings. Upon completion of this course of study, students will be eligible for the national OT certification examination. KU’s Master of Occupational Therapy Program is located at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Students in the program earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Studies after the first year, and a Master of Occupational Therapy degree after the third year of the program. Only those who have completed the entire three-year sequence successfully are eligible for the registration exam administered by the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Individuals who earn passing scores on that exam may then seek employment as registered occupational therapists.
The MOT program is typically completed in three years. If unusual circumstances arise which interfere with an individual’s ability to continue the program in the prescribed sequence, please be advised that all educational requirements must be completed in no more than five years.
The Occupational Therapy program at the University of Kansas is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Address: 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220; tel: (301) 652-2682. Details regarding the accreditation process may be obtained through AOTA's website.
Here's a preivew of our program:
* A list of key questions we will ask our students to consider repeatedly as they progress through the curriculum (here's a hint - we expect the answers may change each time they are asked!), and a few of the characteristics we believe are essential for OT practice.
* Information about prerequisites and admissions procedures for the next academic year (classes begin in June).
* Summary of the course work sequence for the MOT program.
* Course descriptions are available for those courses taught in the MOT curriculum.
* Timetables for the current and future academic years, tuition and fees information, and other helpful details are available on-line, through the Office of the KUMC Registrar.
* We've posted a summary of the scholarships available for qualified students enrolled in the MOT curriculum.