Degree Requirements

Requirements for Promotion & Graduation

The MOT Program curriculum requires seven semesters for completion. MOT students complete all courses in the curriculum in sequence with a minimum grade of C. Satisfactory progress requires an overall 3.00 GPA and achievement of a minimum grade of C in all MOT courses. Students who fail to achieve a minimum grade of C in any MOT course are subject to dismissal. 

Please refer to the Program’s Student Handbook for details on all academic policies. 


Curriculum Sequence

Fall- Year One

  • OT 500- Human Anatomy 1 (DPT 700)

    This course is the classroom component which will cover normal human gross anatomy with emphasis on the structure and physiology of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, digestive and integumentary systems across the lifespan. Other anatomical systems will be covered briefly, especially as they relate to the function of the five emphasized systems. This course is designed to help students establish a foundational understanding of the neuromusculoskeletal systems of the human body for the practice of occupational therapy. We will take a regional approach covering the arms, trunk, head, and legs. At the end of the class, students will have an understanding of how the structure of the human body determines function as a prelude to a clinical understanding of how to treat structural dysfunction.

    Three semester hours.

  • OT 501- Human Anatomy 2 (DPT 701)

    This course is the laboratory component involving cadaver dissection to complement the study of systems covered in OT500 (i.e. musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, digestive and integumentary). Additionally, there will be a dry lab incorporating surface anatomy exercises, using anatomical models and utilizing a variety of audiovisual means including medical imaging.

    Two semester hours.

  • OT 502- Kinesiology for OT

    This course provides knowledge and understanding of basic concepts of kinesiology including normal human movement and how movements occur at the joint level. Training is provided for range of motion and manual muscle testing procedures. Student domains of learning used: Sciences/Knowledge and Assessment/Intervention Skills. Two lecture hours and three lab hours.

    Three semester hours.

  • OT 510- Foundations in OT

    This course provides an introduction to history and philosophy and key terminology used in the profession including framework, role and meaning of occupation, occupational science, ethics, and task/activity analysis. Student domain of learning used: Sciences/Knowledge. Two lecture hours.

    Two semester hours.

  • OT 511- OT Across the Lifespan

    This course looks at human and occupational development throughout the lifespan. Discusses health literacy and OT’s role in many different settings such as early child intervention, schools, hospitals, outpatient centers, home health, community, higher education, consultant, contract, entrepreneur and other emerging practice areas. Introduction to OT associations on a state, national and international level. Student domain of learning used: Sciences/Knowledge.

    Two lecture hours. Two semester hours.

  • OT 551- OT Process in Mental Health

    This course focuses on identifying occupational needs through assessment/intervention for clients with mental health and/or psychosocial issues. Teaches appropriate selection and implementation of assessments and interventions including group-based intervention, group dynamics, therapeutic use of self, stress management, and living skills training. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills and Clinical/Professional Application. Three lecture hours.

    Three semester hours.

Total 15 credit hours


Spring- Year One

  • OT 503- Applied Neuro Science

    This course will study basics of neuroanatomy and the nervous system and how neurological conditions have an impact on occupational performance. Neurological screening and assessments for cognitive, visual perception, functional mobility issues and other areas of the OT framework will be covered as well as clinic safety. Student domains of learning used: Sciences/Knowledge and Assessment/Intervention Skills.

    Three lecture hours and three lab hours.

    Four semester hours.

  • OT 512- OT Theory

    This course compares, contrasts and applies use of theories, models of practice and frames of reference in the evaluation and intervention process. Discusses role of occupation in health promotion and how health conditions affect occupational performance. Student domains of learning used: Sciences/Knowledge and Assessment/Intervention skills.

    Three lecture hours. Three semester hours.

  • OT 513- Modalities

    This course covers theoretical concepts, indications, contraindications, and clinical reasoning for the selection/application for the safe use of various types of superficial thermal/mechanical and deep thermal/electrotherapeutic modalities. Students will be required to complete competencies (skills assessments) for proper and safe use of the modalities. Student domains of learning used: Sciences/Knowledge; Assessment/Intervention Skills and Clinical/Professional Applications. Two lecture hours.

    Two semester hours.

  • OT 541- Evidence-Based Practice

    This course examines the topic of evidence-based practice including an introduction to research design, use of statistics, standardized test scores, validity and reliability and ability to produce critically appraised topics. Discusses the importance of scholarly activities as well as professional advocacy. Student domains of learning used: Sciences/Knowledge and Clinical/Professional Application. Two lecture hours.

    Two semester hours.

  • OT 552- OT Process in Pediatrics

    This course focuses on identifying the occupational needs through assessment/intervention for the pediatric population. The role of OT for birth to three, school-based practice, and clinic/hospital-based practice are covered including professional reasoning, group interventions, feeding/eating/swallowing, selection of appropriate assessments/interventions, standardized testing and documentation of OT services. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills and Clinical/Professional Application.

    Two lecture hours and three lab hours.

    Three semester hours.

Total 14 credit hours


Summer- Year One

  • OT 521 Clinical Reasoning 1

    This course uses case studies and reflection to promote integrating knowledge and application of task analysis, influences of sociocultural and socioeconomically factors, theoretical concepts, and development of occupation-based intervention plans in the practice areas of pediatrics and mental health. Course will emphasize preparation for board exam in these areas including an annual competency and exam. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills and Clinical/Professional Application. Two lecture hours.

    Two semester hours.

  • OT 542- Applied Research in OT

    This course provides instruction for understanding and use of most commonly used quantitative and qualitative statistics. Students will be able to design a scholarly proposal including research question, literature review, sample, design, measurement, and data analysis. Students will be required to complete IRB training. Student domain of learning used: Clinical/Professional Reasoning. Three lecture hours.

    Three semester hours.

  • OT 553- Assistive Technology Across Lifespan

    This course covers assessments and interventions involving assistive technology across the lifespan. Students will be able to complete wheelchair evaluations, home assessments, ergonomic assessments, teach compensatory strategies, and show understanding of environmental control systems/computer access/ and augmentative-communication technologies. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills and Clinical/Professional Application.

    Two lecture hours and three lab hours.

    Three semester hours.

  • OT 581- Fieldwork 1:1

    This course provides fieldwork education that focuses on the application of evaluation, intervention and training skills working with pediatrics and/or clients with mental health and/or psychosocial issues. Activities will be implemented with individuals and/or groups. Students will comply with high ethical, confidential, and practice standards. This course will require an average of 8 hours a week in a clinic or other setting. Student domain of learning used: Clinic/Fieldwork Education.

    One semester hour.

Total 9 credit hours


Fall- Year Two

  • OT 514- Professional Development

    This course addresses many professional issues involving global areas, OT associations, legislature, policy development, reimbursement and appeals mechanisms, credentialing, roles of OT and OTA, state licensure practice acts, ethical conflicts, professional development, liability, and fieldwork education. Students will participate in an advocacy activity through a grant design and/or writing activity to promote OT services for the local and/or other communities. Student domains of learning used: Sciences/Knowledge; Assessment/Intervention Skills and Clinical/Professional Application. Two lecture hours.

    Two semester hours.

  • OT 543- Research Project 1

    This course includes a group research project supervised by a faculty member. Students will develop a research design project, complete a written proposal, seek IRB approval and begin preparation for implementation. Student domain of learning used: Clinical/Professional Application.

    Two semester hours.

  • OT 554- OT Process in Adults/Older Adults

    This course covers all aspects of identifying occupational needs of adults and older adults through assessments and interventions. This course includes selecting and implementing appropriate assessments and interventions for many different types of adult conditions and various adult treatment settings. Training includes areas such as self-care, self-management, health management, compensatory strategies, grading and adapting activities, and referring to specialists. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills and Clinical/Professional Application.

    Three lecture hours and three lab hours.

    Four semester hours.

  • OT 555- OT Process in Hand/UE Rehabilitation

    This course covers all aspects of identifying occupational needs in hand and upper extremity conditions, trauma, and/or injury through assessments and interventions. This course includes many different upper extremity conditions, specialized tests, static and dynamic splinting techniques, joint mobilization and handling techniques, massage methods, kinesiology taping, and application of modalities. Student domains of learning used: Sciences/Knowledge; Assessment/Intervention Skills and Clinical/Professional Application.

    Two lecture hours and three lab hours. Three semester hours.

  • OT 556- OT Process in Community/Rural Health

    This course covers all aspects of identifying occupational needs in the community and for clients in rural health. This course will include topics dealing with global issues, OT associations at an international/national/state/local level, designing quality improvement plan, program development, training/educational methods and community-based rehabilitation. This course will include engagement in a community service learning project. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills, Clinical/Professional Application and Clinic/Fieldwork Education.

    Three lecture hours. Three semester hours.

Total 14 credit hours


Spring- Year Two

  • OT 515- Management and Organization in OT

    This course covers all aspects of management, supervision, and organization in occupational therapy and healthcare. Course includes topics such as ethics, role of OT/OTA, practice outcomes, quality improvement, consultation, liability, advocacy, interviewing, credentialing, reimbursement/payor systems, legislation, program development, marketing and writing a business plan. This course will include a service-learning component. Student domain of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills, Clinical/Professional Application and Clinic/Fieldwork Education. Three lecture hours.

    Three semester hours.

  • OT 522- Clinical Reasoning 2

    This course uses case studies and reflection to promote integrating knowledge and application of task analysis, influences of sociocultural and socioeconomically factors, theoretical concepts, documentation, and development of occupation-based intervention plans in the practice areas of adults, older adults, hand/upper extremity conditions, and assistive technology issues. The course will emphasize preparation for board exam in these areas including an annual competency and exam. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills and Clinical/Professional Application. Two lecture hours.

    Two semester hours.

  • OT 544- Research Project 2

    This course includes a group research project supervised by a faculty member. Students will implement an approved research project including data collection, data analysis of results, and completion of a written scholarly report that is presented at a local/state or national conference and/or publication. Student domain of learning used: Clinical/Professional Application.

    Two semester hours.

  • OT 582- Fieldwork 1:2

    This course provides fieldwork education in a physical dysfunction setting where students apply clinical and professional reasoning in safely selecting and implementing assessments and interventions to meet the occupational needs of clients. This course will require an average of 8 hours a week in a clinic or other OT setting. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills; Clinical/Professional Application and Clinic/Fieldwork Education.

    Two semester hours.

  • OT 601- Advanced Practice in OT

    This course provides a content review of current practice and evidence-based practice in specialty and emerging areas in OT. Students participate in clinical training activities in a variety of practice areas of OT in the community throughout the semester. The course will include preparation for the national board exam. Students will design and present a continuing education hour course to local practitioners and/or other health professionals. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills; Clinical/Professional Application and Clinic/Fieldwork Education.

    Three lecture hours and three lab hours.

    Four semester hours.

Total 13 credit hours


Summer- Year Two

  • OT 602- Fieldwork 2:1

    Prerequisites for this course include successful completion of all previous professional and fieldwork courses and approval of Program Director. This course includes clinical training for 40 hours per week for 12 weeks in an OT setting supervised by an occupational therapist. This course will prepare the student for being competent in occupational therapy entry-level practice including using clinical and professional reasoning skills. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills; Clinical/Professional Application and Clinic/Fieldwork Education.

    Six semester hours.

  • OT 610- Fieldwork Seminar

    This course will be provided in an online format while students are participating in Fieldwork 2:1. This course will promote student reflection, professional reasoning, and integration of previous course material and current OT practice experience at fieldwork site. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills and Clinic/Fieldwork Education.

    One semester hour.

Total 7 credit hours


Fall- Year Three

  • OT 603- Fieldwork 2:2

    Prerequisites for this course include successful completion of all previous professional and fieldwork courses and approval of Program Director. This course includes clinical training for 40 hours per week for 12 weeks in an OT setting supervised by an occupational therapist. This course will prepare the student for being competent in occupational therapy entry-level practice including using clinical and professional reasoning skills. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills; Clinical/Professional Application and Clinic/Fieldwork Education.

    Six semester hours.

  • OT 611- Clinical Reasoning 3

    This course will be provided in an online format with at least one-weekend workshop. This course will provide reflection of fieldwork experiences including safe practice ideas, ethical considerations, therapeutic use of self, the impact of contextual factors, and professional responsibility for fieldwork education. Also, this course will include opportunities for national board exam preparation. Student domains of learning used: Assessment/Intervention Skills; Clinical/Professional Application and Clinic/Fieldwork Education.

    Three semester hours.

Total 9 credit hours

 Curriculum  Total: 81 credit hours


*Information is current for the 2017-18 Academic Catalog.  

**Courses and sequencing may change for future cohorts.


Transfer Policy

  • Transfer of credits for prerequisites are determined by the office of admissions and the MOT Program Director.
  • Typically, transfer of credits from another occupational therapy program will not be accepted but exceptions may be determined by the office of admissions and the MOT program director.
  • Up to nine transfer credits of equivalent professional-level coursework, as deemed equivalent by the office of admissions and the MOT program director may be accepted from a student who requests to be considered for transfer to the Emory & Henry 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.