Chatham University

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Our Mission

It is our mission to prepare our students for entry level professional practice by facilitating:

  1. the ability to think and reflect critically about local, national, and global issues impacting occupational therapy practice and make professional judgments which consider and integrate the complex and multifaceted nature of clients' occupational performance problems.
  2. the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for current and future practice of the profession, in order to enhance and/or sustain the quality of human life.
  3. an awareness of the responsibility associated with the moral, ethical, and legal obligations inherent in the role of an occupational therapist.
  4. an awareness of and sensitivity to diversity through the use of a client centered approach, and a recognition of the role of occupation in maximizing participation, health, and human potential.
  5. sustainable professional growth through life-long learning via engagement in service, professional leadership, and ongoing scholarly pursuits.

Important Update

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has declared that the entry-level degree for occupational therapy will move from the master's to the doctoral level by 2027. This action comes after several years of dialogue within the community, careful study, and consideration of important trends affecting the profession and its future.

In response to this profession-wide change, Chatham plans to transition our Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program to the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program beginning in the fall of 2019.

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Students who begin the MOT Program in the Fall of 2018 will complete the degree in 6 semesters earning a master's degree in the Summer of 2020. If interested, students in the masters program will have the opportunity to complete our fully online, post-professional OTD Program via the MOT to OTD fast-track option while working full time. ACOTE's decision does not require occupational therapists holding a master's to earn a doctorate in order to practice.

The new entry-level doctoral program beginning in the Fall of 2019 will be 8 semesters in length with degree conferral occurring in the Spring of 2022. Full details of the curriculum and tuition will be forthcoming in the near future. If you have any questions about the current MOT Program or the planned entry-level OTD Program, please contact Chatham's Office of Admission.

Selecting an occupational therapy educational program from the many available can be a difficult decision. You may wonder about the differences between programs. Based on our extensive experience as occupational therapists and educators of OTs, we can tell you that there is a difference! Chatham University's Entry–Level Master of Occupational Therapy Program is one of the finest available for educating and preparing students for a proactive role in the twenty–first century. We are proud to list some of the features that make the Chatham University Occupational Therapy Program special:

  • A modern curriculum that is responsive to a changing health care environment
  • Extensive observation experiences and an innovative approach to the Fieldwork I experience
  • Opportunities to conduct relevant occupational therapy research
  • Community meetings for students to participate in the operation of the program
  • Program committee positions to foster the development of professional service
  • Ability for students to network with OT clinicians through guest lectures and panel discussions
  • Abundant state–of–the–art equipment
  • Excellent job placement rate
  • Personal attention from the faculty
  • Highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Newly renovated classroom and laboratory spaces
  • Chatham's location allows for access to a network of resources from surrounding colleges and universities
  • The many nearby hospitals, clinics, and community agencies offer a wide variety of opportunities for observation and fieldwork experiences

Fast-track to Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD)

This program is designed for MOT students who want to continue their education beyond the Master's level to complete a post professional clinical doctorate. A total of 27 credits is required to complete this degree. In the fourth term in the MOT program, students may apply to the program. Accepted students complete 2 online courses (6 credits) during their final spring and summer semester of the MOT program. After successfully completing these courses (B- or better), students are conditionally admitted to the OTD program pending the following:

  • Successful completion of Level II Fieldwork requirements
  • MOT degree conferral
  • Passing the NBCOT exam
  • Obtaining a license to practice Occupational Therapy
  • 4 months of employment as an occupational therapist
  • While working as an occupational therapist, students complete the 21 additional credits online to complete the degree requirements. Students must be actively engaged in the OTD program within 3 years of completing the MOT degree.


Remember, all programs are not the same. Check out the Chatham difference! Chatham University MOT graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®) certification exam. Successful completion of this exam certifies the therapist as an OTR®. State licensure is required by most states and is usually based on the results of the NBCOT® certification exam. A felony conviction may prevent a graduate from taking the NBCOT® exam or obtaining a state license.