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The Department of Occupational Therapy now offers a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree program.

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree program is only available to candidates with a University of Pittsburgh Freshman Occupational Therapy Guarantee who began undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh in Fall of 2013, 2014, 2015, or 2016.  Candidates with Freshman Occupational Therapy Guarantee status, for these years, should contact the Department of Occupational Therapy at OTpitt@shrs.pitt.edu or 412-383-6620.

The accredited entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program is a two-year, full-time professional course of study.

Graduates are recognized in April at both the School of Health and Rehabilitation (SHRS) recognition and University of Pittsburgh commencement ceremonies. Official graduation occurs in June following successful completion of Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education A and B.

There are a total of 78 credits for the MOT Program and a minimum GPA of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) is required for graduation. Most courses in the MOT curriculum require the successful completion of one or more prerequisite courses (see individual course descriptions for prerequisites). The following is the plan of studies for the MOT Program:

Summer—Term 1*

OT 2100 3 credits
Foundations of Occupation Science and Occupational Therapy**

HRS 2022 3 credits
Human Anatomy**

OT 2203 1 credit
Clinical Seminar 1

Fall—Term 2

OT 2101 3 credits
Human Movement Analysis**

OT 2104 1 credit
Clinical Psychiatry

OT 2105 2 credits
Clinical Medicine

OT 2106 2 credits
Clinical Research for Occupational Therapy

OT 2109 3 credits
Neurobehavioral Science / MOT**

OT 2207 3 credits
Principles of Assessment**

OT 2209 1 credit
Clinical Seminar 2

Spring—Term 3

OT 2107 4 credits
Psychosocial/Cognitive Theory and Practice / MOT**

OT 2108 3 credits
Clinical Neurology and Orthopedics

OT 2111 2 credits
Occupational Therapy and the Healthcare System

OT 2113 3 credits
Rehabilitation Theory and Practice / MOT**

OT 2214 2 credits
Therapeutic Approaches 2**

OT 2216 1 credit
Clinical Seminar 3

Summer—Term 4

OT 2112 3 credits
Neurorehabilitation Theory and Practice / MOT**

OT 2114 4 credits
Biomechanical Theory and Practice / MOT**

Fall—Term 5

OT 2115 4 credits
Developmental Theory and Practice / MOT**

OT 2116 3 credits
Integrative Capstone Seminar

OT 2117 3 credits
Management of Occupational Therapy Practice / MOT

OT 2118 3 credits
Special Topics in Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice**

OT 2227 1 credit
Clinical Seminar 5

Spring and Summer—Terms 6 and 7***

OT 2119 1–10 credits
Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education A (FWII)

OT 2120 1–10 credits
Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education B (FWII)

*Term 1 begins in early June.
**Includes laboratory component with associated fee.
*** Fieldwork A and B must be completed within 3 years of completing didactic coursework. A misdemeanor or felony charge or conviction may affect a student's ability to complete courses with a fieldwork component.

MOT Program Course Descriptions

MOT Student Manual - 2016