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 that employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. 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. Occupational Therapy was rated the 13th best job overall by US News and World Report (2019) 100 Best Jobs and Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs in America 2019 identified occupational therapy as #4.
There are two routes of entry to the occupational therapy degree. Student applicants are integrated into one cohort once admitted into the program. Please carefully review the tracks below to identify which option fits you.
Option 1 - Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
If you are applying to the occupational therapy program and have already received a bachelor’s degree or will have received a degree prior to the start of the program Applicants to this track must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university or appropriate international institution. Candidates may apply while their degree is in progress, but degree completion, demonstrated by transcript evaluation, is necessary prior to the start of the Occupational Therapy Program. This track culminates with a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT degree).
Please see the Graduate Catalog for more information.
Option 2 - Combined Occupational Therapy (COT)
The Combined Occupational Therapy (COT) track is often referred to as the 3+2 program. The COT track is designed for undergraduate students who do not yet have a bachelor’s degree. This track culminates with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. To be eligible to apply as a COT student:
- 90 Undergraduate credits must be completed by the January start of the OT program. A student cannot be admitted to the OT program if less than 90 credits are completed by the start of the program.
- If you will be submitting your application to OTCAS with less than 90 credits you will need to include a plan for how you will complete the 90 credits by the start of the winter semester. Applicants will not be accepted to the OT program if less than 90 credits are completed by the start of the program.
- All general education courses must be fully complete by the January start of the OT program. General education courses can be completed in the fall semester as applications are being reviewed.
- Undergraduate applicants from schools outside of Eastern Michigan University will need to complete an undergraduate application to EMU and meet with a general academic advisor to identify how previous coursework will transfer to EMU and determine remaining general education coursework that may be needed. Failure to complete this step will result in your application to the OT program to be denied.
Please see Program Admission below for more information regarding this program.
Our students will:
- Be leaders and innovators, responsive to the changing health care needs of our diverse society.
- Use occupation as the central focus of their practice.
- Become competent and ethical professionals who use theory and research to guide their clinical practice.
- Develop the skills to serve consumers through the roles of clinician, collaborator, coach, educator, and advocate.
- Value promotion of social justice through service to the community
Many of our occupational therapy students take advantage of engaging in the community and classroom through organizations such as the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) and Pi Theta. Students develop clinical and critical thinking skills through part- and full-time fieldwork during five semesters in the program and they have opportunities for interprofessional education with programs within and outside of the University.
Information/Group Advising Sessions for Occupational Therapy Intent Students
On-campus information/group advising sessions and the online webinar are designed to provide an introduction to the application process to the EMU Occupational Therapy Program.
All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to view the webinar and/or attend a scheduled On-Campus Group Advising Session
The EMU Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 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 www.acoteonline.org.