Master of Occupational Therapy

The Carroll University Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is an accelerated two-year, post-baccalaureate program that will prepare students to pursue one of the most rewarding and fastest growing health care careers in Wisconsin and nationwide.


Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Information Sessions

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— Ellie Erd

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About the Master of Occupational Therapy Program

The MOT program consists of six consecutive semesters of full-time study in two calendar years. Specific modules, activities, and learning experiences within the OT program will be shared between graduate health science programs to support true inter-professional education and prepare students for collaboration in the workplace. The MOT program is located at the Carroll University Center for Graduate Studies in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program embraces the concept of healthy occupational engagement as a determinant of health and acknowledges that 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. The Carroll University Compact exhorts students to "contemplate" the obligation of considering thoughtfully the "values and ideals espoused" by others. Diversity is an inherent factor in the self, and is what makes one human. Therein lies the link between occupation and OT practice and it is this connection that drives the curricular philosophy and mission of the MOT program and creates an alliance with the university and the student standards set forth.


Should you get your OTR (master’s) or OTD (doctorate) to start practicing?

  • Both degrees earn the same pay.
  • Both degrees require you to pass the National Board Exam.
  • Both degrees require you to complete continuing education courses every year.
  • 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!
For more information on the differences between the OTR and OTD degrees, visit the links below!

Program Details

 "As an occupational therapist, I get to use my gifts to serve others, love people, and advocate for those who need it most."

— Rebekah Bourgeois '22

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The Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. Telephone 20852-4929. Telephone number: 301.652.2682 - Website:

Carroll University is an approved institution in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, or SARA. You can find more information at

See ACOTE decision and discussion related to entry level practice requirement at


Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). All states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licensure is usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.


The inaugural Master of Occupational Therapy class graduated in August 2017. Refer to the chart below for total number of program graduates and overall graduation rate.

Graduation Year
Students Entering / Graduating
Graduation Rate
Graduation Year:2017
Students Entering / Graduating:30 / 29
Graduation Rate:97%
Graduation Year:2018
Students Entering / Graduating:29 / 27
Graduation Rate:93%
Graduation Year:2019
Students Entering / Graduating:30 / 27
Graduation Rate:90%
Graduation Year:Total:
Students Entering / Graduating:89 / 83
Graduation Rate:93%


This chart represents the NBCOT pass rates for our first cohort of program graduates.

Graduation Year
Number of Graduates
Number Sitting for Certification Exam
Pass Rate Within One Year of Graduation
Graduation Year:2017
Number of Graduates:29
Number Sitting for Certification Exam:29
Pass Rate Within One Year of Graduation100%
Graduation Year:2018
Number of Graduates:27
Number Sitting for Certification Exam:26
Pass Rate Within One Year of Graduation100%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at

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Meet the Faculty

April Doebert-Fischer

April Doebert-Fischer

Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Curriculum Coordinator
Jennifer Labonte

Jennifer Labonte

Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Wendie Leveille, OTD, OTR/L

Wendie Leveille, OTD, OTR/L

Program Director/Clinical Assistant Professor of Master of Occupational Therapy
April Phillips

April Phillips

Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Clinical Education Coordinator: Occupational Therapy Program
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