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Graduate Bulletin

Occupational Therapy, M.O.T.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: March 15

Applications are processed throughout the year as they are received. To ensure speed in review and accuracy of information, applicants are strongly urged to submit the online application. While a paper application is available, its use slows the process and invites error in the transcription of application information.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators, typically college/university faculty or an immediate work supervisor, who can provide insight into the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Two lab courses in the natural sciences are required:  Anatomy and Physiology are highly recommended; other acceptable natural sciences are Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Additional required coursework includes two social sciences such as Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology; Developmental Psychology; Abnormal Psychology or Theories of Personality; and Statistics.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

A one-page Statement of Professional Plans and Goals should describe your reasons for choosing a career in Occupational Therapy.

Standardized Test Scores:

The MAT or GRE is required. Scores must be in the top 50%.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.

Program Requirements

Number of Didactic Credits Required: 67

Required Courses:

Year 1/Second Summer Session (Register as Fall courses)

OT 5004:  Professional Concepts I

OT 5005:  Neuroanatomy

OT 5006:  Human Physiology

Year 1/Fall Semester

OT 5001:  Applied Development Across the Life Span

OT 5002:  Occupation in the Promotion of Health

OT 5003:  Applied Group Dynamics

OT 5007:  Human Anatomy

OT 5008:  Applied Kinesiology

OT 5011:  Clinical Conditions I

Year 1/Spring Semester

OT 5012:  Clinical Conditions II (Jan.-May)

OT 5019:  Professional Concepts II (Jan.-May)

OT 5101:  OT Theoretical Perspectives on Children (Jan.-March)

OT 5102:  OT Theoretical Perspectives on Adults (April-June)

OT 5111:  OT Assessment and Intervention with Children (Jan.-March)

OT 5112:  OT Assessment and Intervention with Adults (April-June)

OT 5121:  Specialty Rehabilitation Skills I [Splinting] (April-May)

Year 2/Fall Semester

OT 5103:  OT Theoretical Perspectives on Older Adults

OT 5113:  OT Assessment and Intervention with Older Adults

OT 5122:  Specialty Rehabilitation Skills II [AT]

OT 5151:  Research Design and Methodology

OT 5161:  Service Management and Marketing

OT 5191:  Applied Research

Year 2/Spring Semester

OT 5987:  Fieldwork Practicum I [Level II Fieldwork] (Jan.-March)

OT 5988:  Fieldwork Practicum II [Level II Fieldwork] (April-June)

Internship:  Fieldwork is undertaken in several courses. Two 3-month, full-time supervised clinical fieldwork experiences are required. Level II Fieldwork (OT 5987 and OT 5988) is full-time for six months and must be completed within 24 months of successful completion of all academic courses. Students’ career goals are considered in the assignment of clinical sites. A variety of excellent fieldwork settings are available regionally and nationally. International fieldwork experiences are offered on a limited basis. 

Language Examination:  No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:



Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Occupational Therapy Program

3307 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19140



Department Contacts:


Matt DiMarco, Student Services Coordinator


Program Director:

Dr. Judith Parker-Kent




Dr. Mark Salzer



About the Program

The M.O.T. is a 67-credit, full-time program that begins in July and takes two years to complete, including six months of supervised fieldwork.  Students take courses in Anatomy, Clinical Conditions, Human Development, Neuroanatomy, Occupation in the Promotion of Health, and Physiology. In the professional component of the program, students study professional issues; theories; and the assessment and intervention of children, adults, and older adults. The service delivery component of the program includes Research Design and Methodology as well as Service Management and Delivery. 

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 2 years

Campus Location:

Health Sciences Center

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

The program is full-time and year-round.

Department Information:

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Occupational Therapy Program

3307 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19140



Interdisciplinary Study:

Bridging the Gap is an interdisciplinary, paid, service learning project available to students during the second summer of the program.


Students must engage in supervised clinical fieldwork. A variety of excellent fieldwork settings are available regionally and nationally.  International fieldwork experiences are offered on a limited basis.

Study Abroad:





The M.O.T. Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE’s telephone number is 301-652-2682.

Areas of Specialization:

The M.O.T. Program prepares clinicians to enter the Occupational Therapy profession as generalists with emphasis in pediatrics, adults, and older adults.

Job Placement:

Information and advisement are provided as needed to graduates of the M.O.T. Program.


Graduates of the M.O.T. Program are qualified to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination leading to the designation Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).

Non-Degree Student Policy:

M.O.T. coursework is available only to full-time matriculated students.

Financing Opportunities

Limited scholarships and financial aid are available to students. For information on financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at 215-707-2754.

Updated 5.23.11