The Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Temple University is a professional entry-level degree for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in a related field.
In summer 2016, the MOT program began a new, 80-credit curriculum.
Fieldwork is an important aspect of occupational therapy education. At university-selected and -approved community-based settings, students learn clinical skills through directed observation and experiential learning, and apply theoretical knowledge in supervised fieldwork settings. Fieldwork assignments are made to reflect the scope of occupational therapy practice and the life span. Read more about community and fieldwork.
MOT graduates are qualified to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination leading to an Occupational Therapist, Registered, designation. Accepted students begin the MOT program in July.
Registration & Licensure
Successful graduates of Temple University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). You must pass the NBCOT examination to become a registered occupational therapist. Passing the NBCOT examination does not automatically make you eligible to practice in a particular state.
A state practice license is different than being certified from NBCOT. A state license is required to practice occupational therapy in the state you wish to practice. Each state has different licensing requirements; for a state’s specific requirements, you must check with the licensing agency for the state you wish to practice in. You may not practice in a state where you do not have a license.
A felony conviction may affect your ability to take the certification exam or attain a state license. For more information, contact NBCOT.
Graduation Rates & NBCOT Examination
The total number of graduates from Temple University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program during the three-year period of 2013–2016 was 125, with an overall graduation rate of 98 percent.