Interested Applicants can apply to the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at the Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences via the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS) at otcas.liaisoncas.com.
Make sure that all needed information is submitted in a timely manner. Your application will be considered as incomplete until all required information has been submitted.
The program has received Candidacy status from ACOTE and approval from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
The MOT program will have a Preaccreditation decision in April of 2018 and a final accreditation decision in August 2018. ACOTE will conduct an onsite visit in April 2018.
For academic year 2017-2018, the application process will open July 18, 2017 and will close DEcember 4, 2017. Applications must be completed through use of the OTCAS system.
Yes, but you should not have more than nine hours of the prerequisite courses uncompleted. The MOT Admission's committee will not consider anyone for the program if they have more than 9 hours of prerequisite courses uncompleted.
Any bachelor's degree from an accredited institution will meet the requirement. A broad variety of certain majors may better prepare you for a career in occupational therapy such as education, psychology, sociology, exercise science, kinesiology, etc. to list a few.
A minimum of 40 observation hours with an occupational therapist are required. These hours can be through an internship or volunteer or work experience. Only the hours spent with an occupational therapist will be accepted for this minimum.
There is no required minimum score at this time. These scores will be used as part of a variety of information collected used in making decisions for admission into the program.
No, the program does not offer a part-time option at this time. The program is a locked step program in that you and a class of cohorts will take the same courses each semester throughout the program. Courses are only offered one time a year.
Students who successfully complete the program and all requirements will earn a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree.
The accreditation process is a 3 year process. The first step is to receive Candidacy status. The second step is to receive Preaccreditation Approval and then the last step is full accreditation.
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy 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.
The program must have a preaccreditation review (decision will be by April 2018), ACOTE must complete an on-site evaluation (April 2018), and be granted Accreditation Status (decision will made by August 2018) before its graduates 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 individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.
Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
This is possible in some instances. These options must be approved by the program director. Send any questions with course numbers and course descriptions to John Jackson, Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department (email: ).
Forty hours is the minimum. It is suggested that you seek out additional observations of occupational therapy in several different settings, such as pediatrics (clinic or school programs), outpatient therapy, inpatient rehab, a skilled nursing facility, home health, acute care, mental health, etc. If you only observe occupational therapy in one area, then you may be limited in your understanding of the field. This understanding my be beneficial to you during the interview process.
Not all applicants will receive an interview. This will depend on the number of applications received and how competitive the application pool is. The more competitive your application information is the greater the chances for receiving an interview.
Interviews will be conducted on-site. A phone or internet interview may be considered for extreme cases only. This request must be submitted in writing with a detailed justification submitted to the program director. Each request will be reviewed by the admission committee and a decision made within 4 weeks of the submitted request.
Up to nine transfer credits of equivalent professional-level coursework, as deemed equivalent by the MOT program director and faculty, may be accepted from a student who requests to be considered for transfer to the E&H Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Any student seeking transfer to the MOT Program at Emory & Henry College must be in good academic and professional behavior standards in his/her current occupational therapy program.
This will be addressed on a case-by-case basis depending on the circumstances of the applicant. This will be determined by the MOT Admissions Committee. Prequisites need to have been taken within the last seven years. GRE test scores need to be within the last five years.
The MOT program consists of 7 consecutive semesters with the first semester starting in the Fall of each year.
If you are accepted into the MOT program and you have uncompleted prerequisite courses, these courses must be completed prior to the start of the MOT program. Typically, the MOT program starts around the 3rd week of August so prerequisite courses would need to be completed by August 1st.
The program takes great effort in the selection process in order to obtain applicants that are a good fit for the program as well as the program be a good fit for them. The MOT Admissions Committee uses an internal rubric scoring system scoring items such as overall GPA, prerequisite GPA, last 60 hours GPA, GRE scores, application essay, references, onsite interview, etc.
Beginning application cycle for 2017-2018, the MOT Admission Committee will give additional points for Emory & Henry College graduates as well as current residents of Southwest Virginia as defined by Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority.
These preferences do not guarantee admission to the program. Candidates must be competitive in all areas scored by the MOT Admission's Committee.