Established in 1941, Eastern Michigan University’s Occupational Therapy Program has a long-standing tradition of excellence. The EMU OT Program provides competent and caring professionals to the local community as well as throughout the State of Michigan and across the nation.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts a greater than average employment need for occupational therapists through at least 2014. This is based on the general population growth and the increasing demand for services for those aged 75 years and older who are requiring occupational therapy services to improve their quality of life. In addition, emerging practice areas for occupational therapists, for example, in such areas as driver rehabilitation and fall prevention, continue to develop. Occupational therapists are employed in diverse settings including but not limited to: hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, home health care, and in areas of prevention and wellness.
Program of Study
Occupational therapy advising for occupational therapy-intent students is performed by the OT intent advisor or the College of Health and Human Services Advising Center. All students should attend a group advising session with the OT intent advisor to discuss admission and portfolio requirements. Upon acceptance into the occupational therapy program, students are assigned a faculty advising team. All students admitted to the program must meet with their advising team before registering each semester.
Certification in Occupational Therapy
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) administers the national certification exam for occupational therapists in the United States. All students in occupational therapy programs must successfully complete the academic requirements and fieldwork experiences in their programs in order to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR) and can apply for licensure or registration in the State where they choose to practice. All students must take the NBCOT Certification exam in order to practice in the profession of occupational therapy. Character background information is reviewed by NBCOT to determine a person’s ability to sit for the examination. If you have any potential impediments, such as a felony charge or conviction, an encumbrance of professional license or negligence, malpractice or willful intentional misconduct, we strongly recommend that you contact NBCOT to determine your eligibility to sit for the national exam.
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The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Degree
There are two different tracks or means of entering the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program, the 3+2 track, and the MOT track. The MOT track is designed for individuals who have already completed an undergraduate degree in a field other than occupational therapy. This track requires the student to complete two years of graduate course work in occupational therapy followed by 6 months of Level II fieldwork and culminates with a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree.
Required Prerequisite Courses:
In order to be considered for admission to the occupational therapy program, all applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses with agrade of B- or better. If you have previously taken these courses at another university, please note that all prerequisite substitutions must be pre-approved before the submission of your portfolio. Submission of your portfolio without prior approval will result in your application being denied.
Anatomy & Physiology
* BIO 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 hrs)
BIO 252 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 hrs)
BIO 330 - Neuroanatomy (4 hrs)
* AHPR 200 - Medical Terminology (1 hr)
* All of the following EMU courses meet this requirement: SOCL 250 , EDPS 621 , EDPS 651 , MATH 170 , MATH 360 , MATH 370 , MATH 571 , MATH 573 , MATH 574 , or PSY 205
Human Growth and Development
* IHHS 260 - Aging to Infancy: A Life Course Retrospective (3 hrs); or
* EDPS 325 - Life Span Human Growth and Development (4 hrs)
* These four courses must be completed by the application deadline. The remaining two must be completed before entering the program.
The competitive admission process consists of a review of portfolios by a screening committee in the occupational therapy program followed by interviews with the faculty for applicants who make the cut. Portfolios are accepted once a year on August 1 for students interested in beginning the program in the Winter semester of that year. No late submissions are accepted. The portfolio must include the following items: official college transcripts from all schools attended, results of the GRE General Test, one academic reference, documentation of 100 hours of completed volunteer service with two references from these experiences, and a sample of reflective writing. Detailed information about the application process can be found on the program’s website. We strongly encourage all students with the OT intent advisor in order to successfully complete their application.
International students must contact the International Admissions office at 734.487.0205. They will assist in the evaluation of transcripts and determine your cumulative GPA. International students must provide a copy of the EMU Graduate School approved TOEFL score in their application portfolio.
A minimum of six months of full time supervised fieldwork is required at the conclusion of the academic program. Field placements are arranged by the Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Coordinator and approved by the faculty.
The Occupational Therapy program offers a number of scholarships to students who are admitted to the program. For more information contact the OT program at 734.487.4096. There are also a number of University scholarships available to students. Contact the office of Financial Aid for information.
The EMU OT program is accredited by the American 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. Telephone number: 301.652.AOTA.