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Master of Occupational Therapy

Master of Occupational Therapy
The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is an entry-level program for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) who would like to “bridge” to become a registered Occupational Therapist (OTR). Students will be admitted to the COTA-to-MOT hybrid program once a year in the Fall semester, in a cohort of up to 20 students. The first cohort will be admitted in Fall, 2018.



The University of Texas at Tyler’s Master of Occupational Therapy program is committed to providing access to a high quality occupational therapy program for individuals seeking to enhance their professional development, broaden their perspectives and enrich their lives. We are committed to providing students education rooted in occupation and driven by client needs and evidence based practice. Faculty and students engage in creative scholarly inquiry, innovative knowledge translation and community-based service that promotes health and wellness through occupational therapy practice.

The MOT program has identified the following goals:

  • Maintain and pursue excellence in teaching
  • Role model occupational therapy practice and professionalism.
  • Create and value opportunities to support lifelong learning.
  • Participate in university and community service.
  • Build partnerships with healthcare providers.
  • Promote scholarly work production and dissemination.
  • Establish student organizations within OT program.

Program Philosophy

Recognizing that occupation is essential throughout the human life span, it is incorporated within the beginning, middle, and end of each UTT-MOT student’s educational experience. We believe in the art and science of occupational therapy practice, and seek to facilitate development of necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes in our graduates to enable culturally-sensitive, ethical, holistic, client-centered, evidence-based practice.

Program Overview

  • The UTT-MOT is an entry-level program; however, all students admitted to the program will be licensed, experienced Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs). Experienced COTA MOT students possess foundational experiences in occupational therapy practice and prior knowledge that shape both the student and the educator. Students will be engaged in advanced clinical reasoning and critical thinking processes that build upon their prior knowledge and skill sets, and will be challenged to develop enhanced capacity for reflective practice.
  • The UTT MOT program integrates current theories of adult learning and engagement throughout the MOT’s student academic experience to foster academic achievement in students.
  • The UTT MOT program supports self-directed learning through active engagement in academic and scholarly activities in classrooms, community and online learning environments. Students will be challenged to construct new understanding of foundational knowledge obtained as part of their OTA educational experience. The triad of classroom, lab and community experiences allows for an authentic focus on real-world learning and client interface that promotes transfer of didactic knowledge to current and emerging practice settings as students respond to each individual client’s complex need for participation in meaningful occupations to promote occupational therapy outcomes.

Application Checklist

  • Completed online application to UTT graduate school
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution completed by time of enrollment
  • One year full-time experience as licensed COTA (or 1500 hours)
  • Overall GPA of 3.0/4 calculated on last 60 credit hours before application to program
  • Completed Recommendation Form from 2 licensed OTs with documented supervision of applicant
  • Current resume
  • Current COTA licensure
  • Completion of a minimum of 7 credit hours of prerequisite courses. The remainder of prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment in the program.
  • Prerequisite Completion Plan Form
  • Must earn a grade of “B” or above on all prerequisite courses
  • Documented acceptable Graduate Record Exam score within previous 7 years
    (GRE scores not required if applicant has an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited academic institution)
  • Successful completion of on-campus interview.

Important Dates

  • Applications accepted after January 1, 2018
  • First class begins Fall semester, 2018

Who can apply

  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA)s

Course Information

  • Required Courses
  • Prerequisite Courses (17 hours) must earn a grade of “B” or better in each course.
Course SCH
Elementary Statistics 3
Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab) 4
Anatomy & Physiology II (with lab) 4
Human Growth & Development 3
Abnormal Psychology 3


For more information, contact Diane Brown, PhD, OTR at dbrown@uttyler.edu

UT Tyler