Offered at: Mequon, Online

Overview

Concordia University Wisconsin offers the entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program in three formats - accelerated, blended and transitional.  They are based on a liberal arts foundation and encompass 2-3 years of professional education beyond a bachelor’s degree. The Accelerated format is designed for high school students looking to pursue a bachelor’s AND master’s degree. The Blended format is designed for applicants who already hold a bachelor’s degree. The Transitional format is designed for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) with at least one year of experience and an associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Mission Statement

The mission of Concordia University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program is to positively impact communities by developing Christ-centered occupational therapists who empower others to reach their highest potential through leadership, best practice, advocacy, and innovation.

Accreditation

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. AOTA’s phone number is (301) 652-AOTA.

Credentialing

Graduates of the program may sit for the National Certification Exam for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) located at One Bank St., Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, (301)-990-7979. Graduates who successfully complete the exam will receive the credentials: Occupational Therapist Registered OTR®. Please note that most states require additional licensure/certification to practice. Be forewarned that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Program data specific to Concordia University Wisconsin on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam can be found here.

General Academic Information

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is intended to help students prepare themselves for entry into the range of fields associated with this specialty, including clinical work, administration, education, research and consultation by offering a comprehensive set of courses in occupational therapy. The program is organized to assist students in preparing for work in employment settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, hospices, community agencies, mental health agencies, wellness clinics and industry, and to help enable people to do day-to-day (occupational) activities that are important to them despite body structure or functional impairments, activity limitations, or participation restrictions.

The Occupational Therapy program at Concordia leads to a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. The full-time, professional entry-level degree program is offered in three formats, all of which combine classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinic-based instruction. Please note that a Wisconsin criminal background check will be completed when students are accepted into the program and the results may interfere with the ability to obtain employment post-graduation.

The CUW Occupational Therapy Department is non-discriminatory in recruitment, admissions, and program administration with respect to race, color, creed, sex, age, disabilities, religion, or national origin.

Fieldwork Experiences

The Occupational Therapy department will work with each student to obtain appropriate Level I and II Fieldwork sites. Students may be required to leave the Milwaukee area for fieldwork placements. Transportation to and from Level I and II Fieldwork is the responsibility of the student. Housing for Level II fieldwork is also the student’s responsibility. Students in the MOT program - Transitional format will work with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator to secure fieldwork near their current residence.  Concordia University Wisconsin student malpractice insurance is included the tuition.

Level I Fieldwork (Clinical Practicum)

The Occupational Therapy curriculum is designed to offer exposure to client problems in each course. Students will experience multiple opportunities for client contact, ranging from pediatrics to gerontology, school systems to factories, and acute care to community wellness programs. Some of these experiences are clinical fieldwork placements, others are client evaluation and consultation in the classroom or community based settings. Students will start working with clients in the community beginning in their first semester of the curriculum.

Level II Fieldwork

Students will complete six months of full time, or its equivalent, Level II Fieldwork during the final semester(s) of the program. Level II Fieldwork is typically scheduled at two different experiences of three months each. Level II Fieldwork shall be completed within 24 months following completion of academic preparation.

Additional Fieldwork Requirements

Many clinical agencies will require updated of immunizations, physical, and caregiver background check before a placement will be confirmed. Some agencies may require additional information (drug testing, additional immunizations, etc).

Proof of health insurance is required for all students prior to confirming a fieldwork placement. CUW offers a health insurance program for those students who need health insurance coverage. For information, please contact Student Health Center (262) 243-4574.

Cost

Students pay a semester-based tuition which is posted on the Concordia University Wisconsin website. Tuition will not increase during the program as long as a student successfully completes all courses according to the scheduled curriculum.

Additional expenses not included in the tuition are books, lab supplies, professional attire, name tags, and photocopy expenses for reports, articles, presentation, etc. AOTA student membership is also required for all students. Current student membership rates are available on the AOTA website at www.aota.org. Students enrolled in the Transitional MOT Format will need to plan for travel costs associated with weekends on campus, this includes, but is not limited to transportation, food, and housing.

During the fieldwork portion of the curriculum, students may be required to leave the Milwaukee area. It is difficult to estimate these expenses, as it cannot be predetermined where the students will complete their fieldwork. Students enrolled in the transitional format will complete fieldwork assignments near their current residence, but may still have to travel. Additionally, during the academic component, students will need to have transportation available to leave campus for clinical experiences. Some of the off-campus educational experiences may require a fee. 

Financial Aid  

Federal student loans are available to graduate students seeking degrees who are US citizens or permanent residents. Students may apply online at www.fafsa.gov. Concordia’s school code is 003842. Students are eligible for Federal Student loans and Graduate PLUS loans to cover the cost of tuition, books, fees, transportation, and living expenses. Students are also eligible to apply for scholarships from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. More information can be found at www.aotf.org.

Formats

Accelerated Master of Occupational Therapy Format

The Accelerated format is designed for high school graduates who are prepared to pursue both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in 4½ years. 

Admission Requirements

Students who begin their undergraduate career as a freshman in Concordia’s Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS) program may apply to the MOT program - Accelerated format during the fall of their sophomore year. Students accepted into the MOT program will begin taking graduate courses toward a degree in Occupational Therapy the summer after their sophomore year.

The Accelerated MOT admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Grade of B or higher in BIO 191 & 192 at CUW
  • Grade of B or higher in BIO 301 at CUW (must be completed in fall semester)
  • One semester credit of Medical Terminology with a B or better
  • Three letters of recommendation; letters of recommendation should address potential for success both academically  and as an occupational therapist, giving specific details about the applicant.
  • Documentation of 40 hours of OT job shadowing
  • Program-specific essays:
    • Describe your reasons for selecting occupational therapy as a career
    • Describe your understanding of occupational therapy
    • Describe your personal compatibility with the mission of Concordia University Wisconsin
    • What are the unique qualities of a successful graduate student, and what is your personal plan to manage time, manage stress, and communicate professionally?
  • Applicants must have the ability to perform essential functions of an occupational therapy graduate student
  • Complete and successfully pass a background check
  • International applicants who would attend on a student visa and whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Contact the OT Program Director for MOT program minimum scores and further information
  • Pre-requisite coursework must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution

First time freshman in the BSRS program must have a high school GPA of 3.2 and an ACT score of 21. Those who apply and submit the tuition deposit prior to December 1st during their senior year in high school will be reviewed and ranked according to GPA and ACT scores. The top 30 applicants will be guaranteed admission to the MOT Program - Accelerated format after their second year at CUW as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA and receive at least a “B” grade in BIO 191, BIO 192, BIO 301, and Medical Terminology.

Students transferring into Concordia’s BSRS program will not be guaranteed placement into the MOT program - Accelerated format. Transfer students must complete at least 36 credits at Concordia to be given priority in the Accelerated MOT admission process and must include the following courses:

  • BIO 191 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 192 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 301 Advanced Functional Anatomy and Physiology
 

Priority admission to the Accelerated MOT Program will be granted in the following order:

  1. The first 30 deposited students who began at CUW in BSRS (with a high school GPA of 3.0 or above) are guaranteed if they meet the prerequisites.
  2. Other students at CUW who are in the BSRS program but did not get the guarantee given to the first 30, with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, B’s in A&P and BIO 301.
  3. CUW students that are not in the BSRS program and transfer students who earn 36 credits at CUW with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, B’s in A&P and BIO 301 taken at CUW.
  4. Students from outside CUW.

If multiple students fall within the same priority level, the Accelerated MOT Admissions Committee within the Occupational Therapy Department will make acceptance decisions.  Decisions of the committee are final.

Accelerated MOT Curriculum: 2018 Cohort

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
SummerHours
BIO 550 Human Anatomy 6
OT 640 Clinical Implications 3
 Hours9
Fall
BIO 585 Neuroscience 5
OT 523 Clinical Kinesiology 3
OT 546 Group Skills 3
OT 548 Group Clinical Practicum 1
OT 540 Scientific Inquiry I 3
OT 521 Foundational Concepts in Occup 3
 Hours18
Winterim
OT 564 Health & Wellness Promotion for OT 2
OT 566 Psychosocial Aspects of Wellness Fieldwork 1
 Hours3
Spring
OT 530 Practice Skills 3
OT 586 Rehabilitation Science: Orthopedics 3
OT 569 Scientific Inquiry II 3
OT 561 Rehabilitation Science: Neurorehabilitation 3
OT 529 Assessment Skills 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Summer
OT 582 Scientific Inquiry III 3
OT 580 Pediatric Practice 4
OT 573 Pediatric Clinical Practicum 1
Completion of the BSRS degree at the end of the summer session.  
 Hours8
Fall
OT 571 Work Practice 3
OT 584 Adult Clinical Practicum 2
OT 603 Practice Management 3
OT 565 Psychosocial Practice 3
OT 600 Special Topics in OT 3
 Hours14
Spring
OT 590 Rehabilitation Science: Integrated 3
OT 601 Advanced Clinical Practice 3
OT 605 Community Practice 3
OT 595 Community OT Clinic 3
OT 575 Fieldwork Seminar (pass/fail) 0
OT 645 Gerontology and Assistive Technology Concepts to Promote Occupational Performance 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Summer
OT 620 Level II Fieldwork I (3 months) 6
 Hours6
Fall
OT 622 Level II Fieldwork II (3 months ) 6
 Hours6
 Total Hours94

Blended Master of Occupational Therapy Format

The Blended format is designed for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree, blending the traditional classroom with a more progressive online environment.

This program allows a student who wishes to become an occupational therapist to complete their degree in 2-1/2 years. The 24 students accepted into the program will begin taking graduate courses in January each year. Students may apply to the program before their bachelor’s degree is awarded, but must have completed the pre-requisite courses before the application deadline. A bachelor’s degree must be awarded prior to starting the MOT program. No specific major is required or preferred for entry into the program, provided the prerequisite classes have been met.

We emphasize learning through hands-on application. Your learning will take place in our state-of-the-art facilities.  You may choose to enhance your education through global trips to Nepal and Nicaragua. Whether in the states and abroad, you will put your learning into practice. At CUW, you may benefit from fieldwork experiences that are paired with courses, active community partnerships, student and professional organizations, the Pi Theta OT honor society, and faculty-mentored research opportunities. CUW’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) events encourage students to work through real-world scenarios with a team of future health professionals.

The Blended MOT admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Eight credits of Human A&P with a lab component in every course from a Biology, Anatomy, or Physiology department with a B or better in each course
  • One semester credit of Medical Terminology with a B or better prior to application
  • Three letters of recommendation; letters of recommendation should address potential for success both academically and as an occupational therapist, giving specific details about the applicant.
  • Documentation of 40 hours of OT job shadowing
  • Program-specific essays
    • Describe your understanding of occupational therapy
    • Describe your personal compatibility with the mission of Concordia University Wisconsin
    • Describe your plan for success in the blended program including time management, self-directed learning, and learning in a blended environment
  • Completion of OTCAS application
  • Complete and successfully pass a background check
  • Applicants must have the ability to perform essential functions of an occupational therapy graduate student 
  • International applicants who would attend on a student visa and whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Contact the OT Program Director for MOT program minimum scores and further information.
  • Pre-requisite coursework must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution.

Blended MOT Application Process

The Blended MOT Program at Concordia University Wisconsin participates in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service, known as OTCAS. Applicants for the Blended MOT Program should apply online using the OTCAS application. To learn more about the OTCAS application process, please visit the OTCAS web site at www.otcas.org. Applicants should submit all application items directly to OTCAS. Concordia does not require students to submit GRE scores, a supplemental application, or supplemental application fee.

The Blended MOT Admissions Committee within the Occupational Therapy Department will make decisions regarding the status of an application after reviewing application materials. Decisions of the committee are final.

Blended MOT Curriculum: 2019 Cohort

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
SpringHours
BIO 550 Human Anatomy 6
OT 523 Clinical Kinesiology 3
OT 521 Foundational Concepts in Occup 3
OT 546 Group Skills 3
OT 548 Group Clinical Practicum 1
 Hours16
Summer
OT 564 Health & Wellness Promotion for OT 2
OT 566 Psychosocial Aspects of Wellness Fieldwork 1
OT 530 Practice Skills 3
OT 640 Clinical Implications 3
 Hours9
Fall
OT 540 Scientific Inquiry I 3
BIO 585 Neuroscience 5
OT 580 Pediatric Practice 4
OT 586 Rehabilitation Science: Orthopedics 3
OT 529 Assessment Skills 3
 Hours18
Year 2
Spring
OT 571 Work Practice 3
OT 561 Rehabilitation Science: Neurorehabilitation 3
OT 584 Adult Clinical Practicum 2
OT 565 Psychosocial Practice 3
OT 569 Scientific Inquiry II 3
OT 603 Practice Management 3
 Hours17
Summer
OT 645 Gerontology and Assistive Technology Concepts to Promote Occupational Performance 3
OT 582 Scientific Inquiry III 3
 Hours6
Fall
OT 575 Fieldwork Seminar (pass/fail) 0
OT 590 Rehabilitation Science: Integrated 3
OT 601 Advanced Clinical Practice 3
OT 605 Community Practice 3
OT 595 Community OT Clinic 3
OT 600 Special Topics in OT 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Spring
OT 620 Level II Fieldwork I (3 months ) 6
 Hours6
Summer
OT 622 Level II Fieldwork II (3 months) 6
 Hours6
 Total Hours93

Transitional Master of Occupational Therapy Format

The Transitional format is designed for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants with at least one year of experience. Applicants with an associate degree* can earn a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS) and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degrees in 4 years. Applicants with a bachelor's degree* can earn an MOT degree in approximately 3 years. *Degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.  

Our Transitional format is offered primarily online with an on-campus learning experience one weekend a month. We emphasize learning through hands-on application. Your learning will take place in our state-of-the-art facilities.  You may choose to enhance your education through global trips to Nepal and Nicaragua. Whether in the states and abroad, you will put your learning into practice. At CUW, you may benefit from fieldwork experiences that are paired with courses, active community partnerships, student and professional organizations, the Pi Theta OT honor society, and faculty-mentored research opportunities. CUW’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) events encourage students to work through real-world scenarios with a team of future health professionals.

 The Transitional MOT admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 8 semester credits of Human A&P with a lab component in every course from a Biology, Anatomy, or Physiology department with a B or better in each*
    • CUW may offer a 4-credit online A&P course that meets part of the prerequisite requirement if there is a need among applicants
  • One semester credit of Medical Terminology with a B or better before beginning MOT courses*
  • Applicants holding an Associate degree must meet the Concordia Advanced Transfer Core requirements* as well as additional MOT program transfer course requirements*.
  • Applicants holding a Bachelor’s degree must meet the MOT program transfer course requirements*.
  • Applicants must have the ability to perform essential functions of an occupational therapy graduate student 
  • Three letters of recommendation; letters of recommendation should address potential for success both academically and as an occupational therapist, giving specific details about the applicant.
  • Documentation of at least one year of practice as an OTA
  • Program-specific essays
    • Describe your rationale for transitioning from OTA to OTR degree
    • Describe how your clinical reasoning and other skills will change with a transition to the OTR role
    • Describe your personal compatibility with the mission of Concordia University Wisconsin
    • What are the unique qualities of a successful online graduate student, and what is your personal plan to manage time, manage stress, manage financial responsibilities, and be a successful online learner?
  • Complete and successfully pass a background check
  • International applicants who would attend on a student visa and whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Contact the OT Program Director for MOT program minimum scores and further information.
  • *Pre-requisite coursework must have been completed at a regionally accredited institution.

Transitional MOT Application Process

  • Apply online
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • All official college transcripts

Transitional MOT Curriculum: 2018 Cohort

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
BSRS-MOT Start  
OT 201 Online Learning Lab 3
RSC 310 Cult in Rehabilitation 3
RSC 304 Teaching and Learning in Rehab 3
HHP 375 Biomechanics 3
 Hours12
Spring
LA 107 Lib Arts Health Care Workers 3
REL 100 The Bible 3
REL 110 Christian Faith 3
SW 392 Aging and the Social Environm 3
 Hours12
Summer
MOT Only Start  
RSC 201 Med Ethics in Rehabilitation ((BSRS Only)) 3
OT 701 Information Technology Lab ((MOT only)) 3
BIO 301 Advan Func Anatomy & Physiolog 4
OT 564 Health & Wellness Promotion for OT 2
OT 566 Psychosocial Aspects of Wellness Fieldwork 1
RSC 106 Medical Terminology (Independent Study, As Needed) 1
 Hours14
Year 2
Fall
OT 640 Clinical Implications 3
BIO 550 Human Anatomy 6
OT 521 Foundational Concepts in Occup 3
 Hours12
Spring
BIO 585 Neuroscience 5
OT 540 Scientific Inquiry I 3
OT 530 Practice Skills 3
 Hours11
Summer
OT 529 Assessment Skills 3
OT 523 Clinical Kinesiology 3
 Hours6
Year 3
Fall
OT 586 Rehabilitation Science: Orthopedics 3
OT 569 Scientific Inquiry II 3
OT 571 Work Practice 3
OT 561 Rehabilitation Science: Neurorehabilitation 3
OT 584 Adult Clinical Practicum 2
Completion of BSRS at end of semester  
 Hours14
Spring
OT 645 Gerontology and Assistive Technology Concepts to Promote Occupational Performance 3
OT 582 Scientific Inquiry III 3
OT 580 Pediatric Practice 4
OT 603 Practice Management 3
OT 573 Pediatric Clinical Practicum 1
 Hours14
Summer
OT 595 Community OT Clinic 3
OT 600 Special Topics in OT 3
 Hours6
Year 4
Fall
OT 605 Community Practice 3
OT 601 Advanced Clinical Practice 3
OT 590 Rehabilitation Science: Integrated 3
OT 565 Psychosocial Practice 3
 Hours12
Winterim
OT 620 Level II Fieldwork I ((Dates will vary by fieldwork site)) 6
 Hours6
Spring
OT 622 Level II Fieldwork II ((Dates will vary by fieldwork site)) 6
 Hours6
 Total Hours125