Why study occupational therapy at Missouri State?
Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan to promote and facilitate participation in all aspects of daily life through the therapeutic use of occupations (life activities). The program prepares graduates to practice in a variety of settings such as hospitals, homes, private practices, rehabilitation facilities, schools, community and governmental agencies, industry, and education or research centers.
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are 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 MOT Program is housed within the College of Health and Human Services, providing exposure to and collaboration with multiple disciplines. Construction of the O'Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center, the state-of-the art facility that houses the program, was completed in Fall, 2015. Classrooms, collaborative student spaces, and laboratories offer students the opportunity to learn in simulated real-world settings, including access to high fidelity mannequins and a rehabilitation courtyard that is utilized for education, research, and treatment. The program is guided by expert faculty members, with extensive clinical experience in diverse settings spanning the lifespan from the neonatal intensive-care unit to geriatrics.