Chatham University

Occupational Therapy (MOT) Curriculum

All occupational therapy courses are limited to occupational therapy students unless permission is obtained from the instructor and the program director.

The goal of the Chatham University’s Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is to educate competent occupational therapy practitioners to assist individuals of all ages to achieve maximum independence in daily life activities. Upon completion of this program, graduates are prepared to practice evidence-based occupational therapy in a variety of healthcare and community settings, provided that they pass the national certification exam and obtain state licensure as needed.

The MOT program curriculum design is based upon self-directed, active, experiential, and didactic learning strategies. The curriculum focuses on the development of critical thinking/professional reasoning skills, occupational therapy knowledge and evidence based practice skills, and professional growth and development. Students must complete fieldwork training as part of the degree requirement. Fieldwork experiences, which are provided throughout the curriculum in a variety of settings and locations, are designed in collaboration with the student’s academic advisor and fieldwork coordinator. Students must complete all degree requirements no later than five years after the date of first enrollment in the program. A student may petition the Graduate Programs Committee, through the occupational therapy program director, for an extension for a limited period if such extension is sought before the five-year limit expires.


The MOT program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220, 301-652-AOTA. Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Program Requirements