Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)

This is an archived copy of the 2014-2015 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.twu.edu.

The Master of Occupational Therapy program is a 28 month full-time educational commitment. Approximately 134 students are admitted and attend classes on the Denton, Dallas, and Houston campuses. Students are admitted to the Master of Occupational Therapy program once a year in the fall semester. Applications are accepted year round for fall entry, but must be postmarked by October 15 for assured consideration for entry in the subsequent fall semester. Admission is restricted to the semester applied for. Students are required to attend in the semester for which they are accepted and at the location assigned by the School of Occupational Therapy.

The MOT Bridge program is a part time and online presentation of the Master of Occupational Therapy structured for practicing certified occupational therapy assistants who have a minimum of one year practice experience, hold a bachelors degree in any major from an accredited institution, and who have completed specified undergraduate prerequisite coursework. The MOT Bridge program is delivered online and in weekend on site sessions on the Denton campus. The program requires 40 months for completion. Approximately 15 students are admitted each fall semester. Applications received by Feb. 1 are assured a review for potential admission in the Fall of the same year.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

83 semester credit hours

Access to Agencies Providing Fieldwork Experiences

Master of Occupational Therapy coursework includes requirements that must be completed at clinical fieldwork sites. The responsibility of meeting the access requirements of agencies providing fieldwork placements belongs to the student at their own expense, following procedures outlined at each campus. The School of Occupational Therapy does not guarantee student access to fieldwork sites. Inability to complete fieldwork requirements may result in a delay or failure to complete the MOT program.

Immunizations

Occupational therapy is a health care field. Each student must submit documentation that all required immunizations are current to Student Health Services at Texas Woman’s University prior to registration in any occupational therapy course. Immunizations must remain current throughout enrollment. Students who are out of compliance will be unable to participate in required fieldwork or fieldtrips which may result in a delay or halt of academic progression.

Background Check

A background check is required prior to registration in any occupational therapy course at the students expense. Instructions for completing this requirement are provided after program admission.

Drug Screening

Enrollment in the MOT program requires students to submit to prescreening, periodic and random drug screen. Drug screen is conducted via the designated third party, SurScan. Any student with a non-negative drug screen result or who refuses the test will be dismissed from the MOT program. Many fieldwork sites require additional drug testing which will be at the students expense.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training (CPR)

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association is required of all students in preparation for the requirements of fieldwork sites.  This training is at the students expense. Instructions for completing this requirement are provided after program admission.

Health Insurance

Many fieldwork sites require the student to have health insurance coverage.

Malpractice Insurance

Each student must present proof of ownership of malpractice insurance available in the state of Texas each academic year of enrollment. Student malpractice insurance is provided automatically through TWU with enrollment in fieldwork courses.

Time Limits

All academic courses must be completed within no more than 36 months. For students enrolled in the MOT Bridge program for COTAs all academic courses must be completed within no more than 48 months. All fieldwork experiences in the Master of Occupational Therapy program must be completed within 24 months of academic coursework completion.

Grade Requirements

  • Students must meet the academic requirements of the Graduate School throughout their course of study in the M.O.T. Program.
  • Fall 2015 entry undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA on all OT undergraduate courses.
  • Pre-OT students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA on all OT undergraduate courses.
  • Students who earn a grade of ‘D’, ‘F’ or ‘WF’ in an occupational therapy course will be dismissed from the M.O.T. program.
  • Students placed under academic probation by the Graduate School a second time will be dismissed from the M.O.T. program.

Final Examination

Successful completion of the capstone course is required prior to enrollment in Fieldwork Level II experiences.

Internship (Level II Fieldwork) Requirements

The Master of Occupational Therapy degree requires six months internship completed in three month rotations at two fieldwork sites. Fieldwork sites are independent agencies and maintain their own requirements. Fieldwork agencies may request proof of immunization (www.twu.edu/student-health-services/immunizations.asp ), background checks, drug screens, proof of liability and/or personal insurance, CPR training, or fingerprinting. When this is required by an agency, all students assigned to that agency will need to meet any requirements at their own expense. Failure to meet the requirements may result in delay or failure to complete the M.O.T. program.

  • All academic courses must be completed successfully before admission to Level II fieldwork experiences.
  • Students under academic probation may not progress to Level II fieldwork
  • Any student failing to complete assigned fieldwork experience with a passing grade may repeat fieldwork one time only. Permission to repeat the course must be obtained from the Director. Any second fieldwork failure will result in dismissal from the MOT program.
  • All fieldwork experiences in the Master of Occupational Therapy program must be completed within 24 months of academic coursework application.

Master of Occupational Therapy Curriculum Design

The School of Occupational Therapy offers a curriculum that is sequential and designed for completion of a specified set of integrated required courses each semester. Students progress through the program as a cohort. Courses in each semester are organized around three domains of content: Occupation, Process, and Practice. Within these three domains, there are strands of content that run longitudinally through the curriculum. The Occupation Domain consists of the theoretical bases of practice and the occupational participation strands. The Process Domain focuses on scholarly inquiry and principles of intervention. The Practice Domain is comprised of tools and modalities and professional reasoning courses with fieldwork experiences. Each semester of the program is a module made up of progressive integrated learning opportunities. Each module contains consistent elements of the strands of learning in a lifespan presentation that increase in complexity as the student progresses through the curriculum. In addition students select an additional 2  semester credit hours of elective credit from offered coursework, research practicum, or professional paper.

The degree plan below reflects the Master of Occupational Therapy curriculum . The MOT Bridge degree plan for COTAs is a variation on this model.

Master of Occupational Therapy Program of Study (83 semester credit hours)

First Semester (12 SCH)
OT 5163Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice3
OT 5003Clinical Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy3
OT 5512Movement in Context2
OT 5132Persons, Tools, and Occupations2
OT 5142Scholarly Inquiry in Occupational Therapy2
Second Semester (13 SCH)
OT 5553Occupational Participation in Adolescence and Early Adulthood3
OT 5522Occupational Adaptation: Adolescence to Early Adulthood Laboratory2
OT 5823Professional Reasoning and Fieldwork: Adolescents and Young Adults3
OT 5001Appraising Occupational Therapy Evidence1
OT 5352Evaluation Processes in Occupational Therapy2
OT 5002Applied Research Methods in Occupational Therapy2
Summer (7 SCH)
OT 5122Occupation, Wellness, and Adaptation2
OT 5232Mental Health and Social Participation2
OT 5833Professional Reasoning and Fieldwork: Mental Health and Community-Based Programs3
OT Elective
Fourth Semester (13 SCH)
OT 5563Occupational Participation in Middle to Late Adulthood3
OT 5722Occupational Performance and Adaptation In Middle to Late Adulthood Laboratory2
OT 5843Professional Reasoning and Fieldwork: Middle and Later Adulthood3
OT 5732Assistive and Computer Technology Tools in Practice2
OT 5753Designing, Evaluating, and Managing Systems3
OT Elective
Fifth Semester (12 SCH)
OT 5573Occupational Participation in Infancy And Childhood3
OT 5322Occupational Performance and Adaptation in Infancy and Childhood Laboratory2
OT 5853Professional Reasoning and Fieldwork: Infancy and Childhood3
OT 5932Rehabilitation Technology in Practice2
OT 5992Professional Reasoning Capstone2
OT Elective
Fieldwork II - six months full time training (24 SCH)
All students must complete Option 1, but may then choose from options 2, 3, or 4, for second experience24
Option 1:
Adaptation to Physical Challenges in Adult Years I
Adaptation to Physical Challenges in Adult Years II
Option 2:
Adaptation to Psychosocial Challenges Across the Life Span I
Adaptation to Psychosocial Challenges Across the Life Span II
Option 3:
Adaptation to Physical or Psychosocial Challenges in Early Years I
Adaptation to Physical or Psychosocial Challenges in Early Years II
Option 4:
Alternative Clinical Experience I
Alternative Clinical Experience II
Electives2
Occupational Therapy Research Practicum
Professional Paper in Occupational Therapy
Professional Paper in Occupational Therapy
Issues in Knowledge Bases
Issues in Adaptation
Issues in Practice Tools
Issues in Occupational Therapy Process
Special Topics
Special Topics
Independent Study
Independent Study
Adaptation to Physical or Psychosocial Challenges in Early Years I
Adaptation to Physical or Psychosocial Challenges in Early Years II
Alternative Clinical Experience I
Alternative Clinical Experience II
Specialty Field Experience
Total Semester Credit Hours83