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2021 Master of Occupational Therapy

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) 2021

In August of 2017, the Accrediting Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) announced a mandate that all occupational therapists entering the field in 2027 would have to have an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD).  Since that time, the mandate has been put on hold as the profession reviews the transition.  This means that individuals can enter the profession with either a Master's degree or a Doctorate.  

In response to the rapidly changing environment in Occupational Therapy, the WVU Division of Occupational Therapy plans to continue the current Masters degree program in it’s 2+3 format. However, the Masters degree curriculum will undergo significant revisions consistent with educational requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). This revision will result in changes to prerequisite coursework for admission to the program beginning with the class beginning in the 2021 academic year. Prerequisite courses for the updated curriculum are listed under the prerequisite course tab.

The recommended degree for admission as a freshman Exercise Physiology.  It will contain all of the pre-requisite courses needed to enter the occupational therapy masters degree program as an undergraduate junior.

The MOT program will remain competitive and a limited number of students will be admitted.  Students will still have to complete volunteer hours, get recommendations and, if selected, interview for one of the spots in the class.  

Please check this page often as updates may be forthcoming.