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About the Master of Occupational Therapy Program
The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is an accelerated program consisting of six consecutive semesters of full-time study in two calendar years. Specific modules, activities, and learning experiences within the MOT program are shared among graduate health science programs to support true inter-professional education and prepare students for collaboration in their clinical practice area. The MOT program is located at the Carroll University Center for Graduate Studies in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
MOT embraces the concept of healthy occupational engagement as a determinant of health. It acknowledges the essence of healthy life participation lies in meaningful occupation, which is an experience unique to each person and the context in which they exist. Diversity is an essential factor for humanity. There lies the link between one’s unique experiences and Occupational Therapy practice. This is the core philosophy and mission of the MOT program.
Students in this program dive directly into clinical settings by their second semester and can take advantage of a plethora of hands-on activities. MOT students are offered the opportunity to complete community driven experiences at Carroll University Health and Wellness OT clinic, LifeStriders and our annual handwriting camp. The cohort emits a supportive and “family” learning environment that allows for students to take their curiosity and passion to be prepared for the first day of their forever career.
MOT vs. OTD
Should you get your MOT (master’s) or OTD (doctorate) to start practicing?
For more information on the differences between the MOT and OTD degrees, visit the links below!
- Both degrees earn the same pay.
- Both degrees require you to pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam.
- Both degrees have the same continuing education requirements.
- The OTD degree is not mandated, but should it be in the future, you will be grandfathered in with an MOT degree.
- The MOT degree is shorter in length than the OTD degree and will save you time and money!