Retention Requirements


The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.  ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA and its Web address is 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). 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 students must complete all graduation and fieldwork requirements in a timely manner.  All Level II fieldwork must be completed within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Retention requirements

After admission into the MOT Program, a student must achieve the following for retention in the program:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.00, with no more than 9 semester hours of graduate work below a grade of "B", and no hours of graduate work below a "C".
  2. Demonstrate acceptable levels of maturity and integrity, as well as behaviors and attitudes normally expected of healthcare professionals.
  3. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge.
  4. Maintain current health and liability insurance.
  5. Maintain current CPR and AED certification.
  6. Students must complete Level II Fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Students who fail to meet the retention criteria may:

  1. Be placed on academic or clinical probation in the MOT Program, or
  2. Be dismissed from the Program, based on the judgment of the majority of the MOT faculty.  Students who fail to meet the probationary criteria or are dismissed from the program are not eligible for readmission into the MOT Program.  Students have the right to follow the University's appeal process on any disciplinary sanction received.
  3. Students should refer to the Missouri State University Occupational Therapy Student Handbook for additional policies and procedures.