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

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The Master of Occupational Therapy program is a 28 month full-time educational commitment. Approximately 144 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 via OTCAS and must be submitted by October 15 for consideration for entry in the subsequent fall semester. Students are required to attend in the semester for which they are accepted and at the location assigned by the School of Occupational Therapy.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

83 semester credit hours

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Texas Woman's University Graduate School is by application submitted through ApplyTexas.
  • Completed School of Occupational Therapy Application submitted via OTCAS
  • Baccalaureate degree completed at time of enrollment
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 calculated on the last 60 credit hours before completion of baccalaureate degree or minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 on 12 or more graduate credit hours.
  • Report from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) taken within 5 years of application date
  • Combined prerequisite course GPA of 3.0 or better, with no grade below a C on any prerequisite course.  Advanced Placement credit will not be accepted. All prerequisite courses must be completed at time of application.
    • Elementary Statistics
    • Anatomy and Physiology I & II Lecture / Lab
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
  • Competency in Medical Terminology - may be submitted after acceptance, prior to MOT program entry.
  • A minimum of 20 contact hours with one licensed occupational therapist, within 2 years of application.  The OT must complete an evaluation via OTCAS and the observation hours must be documented on the OTCAS application.
  • 2 additional evaluations from a college/university faculty member under whom the applicant has completed a course of study or a professional reference from an employer or supervisor.
  • TOEFL iBT (for International applicants only) minimum scores - Reading 21 - Listening 18 - Speaking 26 - Writing 24 - Total 89 

Application Process

Step 1: Apply to Texas Woman's University Graduate School at  

  • Application opens July 1st for Fall semester
  • Graduate Application - choose TWU Denton
  • Select semester of entry - Fall
  • Major: Occupational Therapy MOT - select your first choice campus
  • Complete biographical information; educational background; residency information; employment, academic references & honors; and custom questions.
  • Payment options - fee is paid at end of application.  
  • After 48 hours, you will be able to create a PORTAL account on the TWU website Locate your TWU Student ID # (seven digit #, generally begins with a 1) at the top of the page when you log in. Remember your password and log in ID. You can track your arrival of transcripts, GRE scores and status through the Webadvisor in Portal.
  • Application deadline - October 15th 

Submit the following documents to Texas Woman's University

  • Transcripts from all schools - mailed to TWU Admissions Processing or sent electronically 
  • GRE scores - TWU code 2215
  • TOEFL and TSE/Test A - if applicable

Step 2: ​Apply to The School of Occupational Therapy via OTCAS at  

  • Application can be submitted to OTCAS July 18th  - October 15th.  This application will close at midnight EST on October 15th.  No late applications will be accepted.
  • Use a permanent email address when applying to OTCAS. 
  • A minimum of three Evaluators are required - one of the evaluators must be the occupational therapist you observed for 20 hours.  The other two evaluators are academic or professional references.

Submit the following documents to OTCAS

  • Transcripts from all schools
  • GRE scores  - TWU code 2215

If you experience technical difficulty completing the OTCAS application - the Customer Service information is listed below:
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm EST
Phone Number: 617-612-2860
When contacting via email, applicants should include their full name, OTCAS ID number and a detailed question.

Step 3: Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and applicants invited to interview will receive invitations in December.  Interviews will take place in January.  

Step 4: Admission decisions will be sent in February.  

Master of Occupational Therapy Program Requirements

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 in the MOT Student Handbook. 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.


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 after registration and prior to attendance 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, field trips or client interactions on campus 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 student's 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 screens. Drug screen is conducted via the designated third party. 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 may be at the student's 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 student's expense. Instructions for completing this requirement are provided after program admission.

Health Insurance

Personal health insurance is required for any clinical experience that occurs off site, including field trips and fieldwork experiences.  Medical sharing and cooperatives are not acceptable health insurance providers. 

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. 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 MOT Program.
  • Students who earn a grade of D, F or WF in an occupational therapy course will be dismissed from the MOT program.
  • Students placed under academic probation by the Graduate School a second time will be dismissed from the MOT program.

Final Examination

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

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 (, background checks, drug screens, health insurance, malpractice insurance, CPR training, and fingerprinting. When this is required by an agency, all students assigned to that agency must 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 an assigned fieldwork experience with a passing grade may repeat fieldwork one time only. Permission to repeat the course must be obtained from the Director of the School of Occupational Therapy. Failure to successfully complete a repeat fieldwork assignment will result in dismissal from the MOT program.

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 two to three 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.

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

First Semester
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
OT 5553Occupational Participation in Early to Middle Adulthood3
OT 5522Occupational Adaptation: Early to Middle Adulthood Laboratory2
OT 5823Professional Reasoning and Fieldwork: Early to Middle Adulthood3
OT 5001Appraising Occupational Therapy Evidence1
OT 5352Evaluation Processes in Occupational Therapy2
OT 5002Applied Research Methods in Occupational Therapy2
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
OT 5563Occupational Participation in Middle to Late Adulthood3
OT 5722Occupational Performance and Adaptation In Middle to Late Adulthood Laboratory2
OT 5843Professional Reasoning and Fieldwork: Older Adulthood3
OT 5732Assistive and Computer Technology Tools in Practice2
OT 5753Designing, Evaluating, and Managing Systems3
OT Elective
Fifth Semester
OT 5573Occupational Participation in Infancy And Childhood3
OT 5322Occupational Performance and Adaptation in Infancy and Childhood Laboratory2
OT 5853Professional Reasoning and Fieldwork: Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence3
OT 5932Rehabilitation Technology in Practice2
OT 5992Professional Reasoning Capstone2
OT Elective
Fieldwork II - six months full time training
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
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
Specialty Field Experience
Total SCHs83