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Graduate Bulletin

Occupational Therapy, M.O.T.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: February 1

The Occupational Therapy Program participates in the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) and requires all applicants to the Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program to make use of this system. The system can be accessed at the OTCAS website. A supplemental application is also required to be submitted through Temple University.

Applications are processed throughout the year as they are received and so it is in the applicant's best interest to apply early to this highly competitive degree program. Full admissions requirements and answers to Frequently Asked Questions are online at: www.temple.edu/ot.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

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. These letters are to be submitted electronically through the OTCAS website.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Lab science course prerequisites include Anatomy and Physiology I and one of the following:

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences
  • Physics

Additional required coursework includes two Social Science courses (such as Cultural Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology); Abnormal Psychology or Theories of Personality; Developmental Psychology or Lifespan Development; and Statistics (Social Science Statistics is preferred).

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University for this entry-level master's degree program. Recommended undergraduate degree programs include Kinesiology, Pre-Health, Psychology, Therapeutic Recreation, or other programs within the Health or Social Sciences.

Statement of Goals:

A one-page Statement of Professional Plans and Goals should describe your reasons for choosing a career in Occupational Therapy. This goal statement is submitted electronically through OTCAS.

Standardized Test Scores:

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

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 100 iBT or 600 PBT.

Program Requirements

Number of Didactic Credits Required: 67

Required Courses:

Year 1/Second Summer Session

OTHR 5004:  Professional Concepts I

OTHR 5005:  Neuroanatomy

OTHR 5006:  Human Physiology

Year 1/Fall Semester

OTHR 5001:  Applied Development Across the Life Span

OTHR 5002:  Occupation in the Promotion of Health

OTHR 5003:  Applied Group Dynamics

OTHR 5007:  Human Anatomy

OTHR 5008:  Applied Kinesiology

OTHR 5011:  Clinical Conditions I

Year 1/Spring Semester

OTHR 5012:  Clinical Conditions II

OTHR 5019:  Professional Concepts II

OTHR 5101:  OT Theoretical Perspectives on Children

OTHR 5102:  OT Theoretical Perspectives on Adults

OTHR 5111:  OT Assessment and Intervention with Children

OTHR 5112:  OT Assessment and Intervention with Adults

OTHR 5121:  Specialty Rehabilitation Skills I [Splinting]

Year 2/Fall Semester

OTHR 5103:  OT Theoretical Perspectives on Older Adults

OTHR 5113:  OT Assessment and Intervention with Older Adults

OTHR 5122:  Specialty Rehabilitation Skills II [AT]

OTHR 5151:  Research Design and Methodology

OTHR 5161:  Service Management and Marketing

OTHR 5191:  Applied Research

Year 2/Spring Semester

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

OTHR 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 (OTHR 5987 and OTHR 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:


Jacquee Lukawski




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

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

The program is full-time and year-round.

Interdisciplinary Study:

Bridging the Gaps 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-Matriculated 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 215-707-2667.

Updated 1.4.13