Chatham University

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

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
  • Our graduates’ NBCOT exam pass rates are consistently at or above the national average
  • 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
  • Faculty remain active in clinical practice
  • 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.