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.
Fieldwork education is a crucial part of professional preparation and is integrated as a component of Pitt’s Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) curriculum design. It is an extension of the MOT Program within the clinical/community setting. The fieldwork experience provides MOT students with the opportunity to learn professional responsibilities by having them modeled by qualified and experienced personnel and to practice these responsibilities under supervision. Fieldwork education is only conducted in sites that have a signed agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). This agreement formally identifies the responsibilities of the University and the fieldwork site.
Fieldwork education includes Level I and Level II experiences. Level I Fieldwork is integrated within three theory and practice courses: OT 2107 – Psychosocial/Cognitive Theory and Practice (Term 3); OT 2114 – Biomechanical Theory and Practice II (Term 5); and OT 2115 – Developmental Theory and Practice (Term 5). Level I Fieldwork is designed to enrich didactic coursework through direct observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process and prepares students for Level II Fieldwork. Level I Fieldwork is supervised by qualified personnel (i.e., occupational therapy practitioners initially certified nationally, psychologists, teachers, social workers, nurses, and others). MOT students are assigned to Level I Fieldwork sites in the Greater Pittsburgh Area by the Academic Fieldwork Educator and course instructor.
Level II Fieldwork is completed in OT 2119 – Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education A and OT 2120 – Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education B (Terms 6 & 7). Level II Fieldwork is an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation. Level II Fieldwork is the final step in the preparation of MOT students for entry-level practice. The learning experiences prepare MOT students to assume the roles of practitioner, manager, and contributor upon graduation from the academic program. Each MOT student is assigned to specific Level II Fieldwork sites to assure that he or she is exposed to a variety of clients across the life span and to a variety of settings. The MOT Program only uses sites within the United States that allow for supervision by an occupational therapist who meets state regulations and has a minimum of one year of practice experience, subsequent to the requisite initial certification. Level II Fieldwork is a minimum of the equivalent of 24 full-time work weeks. MOT students are assigned to a Level II Fieldwork sites by the Academic Fieldwork Educator.
MOT students are responsible for securing any and all required resources in preparation for and during Level I and II Fieldwork including but not limited to transportation, physical examinations and associated testing (e.g., drug), health insurance, liability insurance, background checks and clearances, parking, housing, food, and clothing.