Masters in Occupational Therapy (MOT)
The UF Department of Occupational Therapy offers a Masters in Occupational Therapy (MOT). This program prepares students to meet the demands of a highly technological and fast paced American health care system.
The Masters in Occupational Therapy Degree Program is designed for students who do not have a entry-level professional level OT degree. To prepare to enter the Masters in Occupational Therapy program, undergraduate students may complete the University of Florida Health Science (BHS) degree program and the pre-OT track.
Applicants that have earned an undergraduate degree in a program other than UF’s Health Science program can enter the MOT program through our Conditional Graduate program.
By completing the Liberal Arts prerequisites for the program, students study the biological, psychological and social systems that impact on the performance of occupational roles. The MOT program provides a strong background in theory, assessment and therapeutic interventions and assists student to develop a strong professional identity.
Students selected from the Health Science/pre-OT track undergraduate program can apply the 6 pre-OT track course toward the MOT requirements for the MOT program. Students who have graduated from the other colleges or universities can be admitted to the MOT program and complete the 6 pre-OT track courses as part of their graduate program prior to initiating coursework in the Masters in Occupational Therapy Degree Program. The six pre-OT courses are offered the Fall and Spring semesters preceding the Summer start of the MOT coursework.
Since 1961, the UF OT program has received continued accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®), of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
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 in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate 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.
Information about the credentialing of occupational therapists can be found at www.nbcot.org. Results are available for the UF MOT student performance on the NBCOT exam for the last 3 years. For official program performance data on the NBCOT National Certification Exam see: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.