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 Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Missouri State University has been granted Applicant status 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. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, 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 the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). In addition, most 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 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 a state-of-the art facility to house the program is currently underway. The classrooms and laboratories offer students the opportunity to learn in simulated real-world settings, including access to high fidelity mannequins and a rehabilitation courtyard that will be 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.
More information on occupational therapy, as well as admission requirements at Missouri State University, may be found at http://www.missouristate.edu/prehealth/7669.htm