Curriculum | Master of Occupational Therapy

The MOT curriculum is a plan for learning that will prepare students as generalists in OT practice who are well grounded in the understanding of therapeutic occupation as it applies to diverse populations and communities. The program supports student application of a humanistic perspective to practice by interspersing within the curriculum opportunities for self-reflection and the development of self-awareness and recognition of the intrinsic and personal value of occupation. The program promotes a safe and supportive learning environment through which students develop and then share an appreciation of the parameters of the foundational and theoretical sciences with an understanding that the human condition is also an orchestration of personhood, culture and an innate need to engage in occupation. The program fosters opportunities for "just right" challenges combining didactic instruction with experiential learning, and respects differences in student learning styles and thus uses methods that favor individuality in learning and link pedagogy to real-world contexts such as hands-on, self-directed, problem-based and experiential learning opportunities.

The curriculum offers students a lens through which they progressively analyze components of life participation including person, population, environment, socio-cultural and occupation interactions. This lays the foundation through which the nature of occupational performance can be interpreted and can also evolve. The program insists on student development of ethical and professional behaviors expected of practitioners according to standards, values and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession. To this end, the Master of Occupational Therapy Program delivers a curriculum that instills lifelong learning and best practice strategies through the endorsement of an evidence-based and critical analysis of OT practice and practice settings with respect for interprofessional and collaborative care and communication.


Clinical experiences link education to clinical practice, and are therefore an essential component in the curriculum.

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Year 1 | Semester 1 | Summer

14 total credits

  • OTH500 Overview of Occupational Therapy Practice (2 credits)
  • OTH505 Professional Writing (2 credits)
  • OTH506 Applied Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab (6 credits)
  • OTH507 Occupational Analysis - with lab (2 credits)
  • HSC6520 Inter-professional Education I: Collaboration, Communication & Cultural Competency (2 credits)

Year 1 | Semester 2 | Fall

17 total credits

  • OTH504 Medical Humanities II (2 credits)
  • OTH511 Neuroscience Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice - with lab (3 credits)
  • OTH515 Biomechanics, Human Movement and Occupational Performance - with lab (3 credits)
  • OTH520 Occupations across the Life Span (3 credits)
  • OTH530 Theories and Models of Occupational Therapy (3 credits)
  • OTH521 Introduction to Level I Fieldwork (2 credits)
  • HSC6530 Interprofessional Education: Experience (IPE) I (1 credit)                                                                                                                    

Year 1 | Semester 3 | Spring

17 total credits

  • OTH531 Level I Fieldwork (2 credits)
  • OTH550 Evaluation and Assessment in OT - with lab (3 credits)
  • OTH557 Clinical Conditions in Occupational Performance (2 credits)
  • OTH560 Psychosocial Function and Groups Performance - with lab (3 credits)
  • OTH561 Interventions in Physical Dysfunction I (3 credits)
  • OTH563 Interventions in Pediatrics and Developmental Dysfunction I (3 credits)
  • HSC6540 Interprofessional Education: Experience (IPE) II (1 credit)

Year 2 | Semester 1 | Summer

15 total credits

  • OTH610 Management and Supervision (3 credits)
  • OTH621 Advanced Level I Fieldwork (2 credits)
  • OTH650 Research I - Evidence Based Practice (4 credits)
  • OTH661 Interventions in Physical Dysfunction II - with lab (3 credits)
  • OTH663 Interventions in Pediatrics and Developmental Dysfunction II - with lab (3 credits)

Year 2 | Semester 2 | Fall

11 total credits

  • OTH601 Medical Humanities III (1 credit)
  • OTH670 Clinical Internship I (12 weeks) (10 credits)

Year 2 | Semester 3 | Spring

12 total credits

  • OTH651 Research II (2 credits)
  • OTH680 Clinical Internship II (12 weeks) (10 credits)
86 total program credits
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