graduate program: Occupational Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions
- What kind of degree will I obtain?
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
- How long will it take?
5 ½ years if enter via Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) to Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) ( 5 years of coursework on campus and 6 months of fieldwork).
3 ½ years if enter via Pre-Master of Occupational Therapy (PMOT) to Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) (3 years of courses on campus and 6 months of fieldwork); transfer credit may lighten the semester load but will not shorten the time.
- How do I know which way to enter?
If you do not have a bachelors degree, you will enter via BLA to MOT; if you already have a non-occupational therapy bachelors degree you will enter via PMOT to MOT.
- What if I already have a degree in occupational therapy?
Then our program will not meet your needs because it is an entry-level program; you will need to look for an advanced masters program.
- Where can I find a listing of the advanced masters program?
Go to the website of our national organization, The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA®) at www.aota.org.
- If I come to Xavier, how do I apply?
Online through Admissions if you enter from high school; online through the Center for Adult and Part-time Students (CAPS) if you already have a bachelors degree or previous college work.
- When do I apply to the MOT program?
By June 1 after the first year of Human Occupation Studies (HOCS) courses.
- When do I apply to Xavier?
As soon as you know you want to begin coursework.
- Will my previous college work transfer?
Barb Garand in CAPS (513-745-3030) will determine that – send her your official transcripts and request a “course equivalency evaluation.”
- What is Xavier’s tuition rate?
Check on Xavier’s homepage under Admissions then Tuition/Fees/Costs.
- For what kind of financial aid am I eligible?
Call the Financial Aid office (513-745-3030), tell them you are an occupational therapy major, and request an appointment to find out what is available.
- Does your Department have any scholarships?
Our Department does offer small, yet important and helpful, scholarships for graduate course work. Students are eligible to apply once admitted to the graduate program.
- What housing is available to me?
Go to Xavier’s website, click on Student Life, then Residence Life. You can also click on Off Campus Housing from that point.
- What are my chances of passing the national certification exam?
Very high. See specifics under Accreditation.
- How much does the 2 million to 4 million dollar insurance for fieldwork cost?
Xavier has negotiated a favorable rate – it is only $20.00 per semester.
- When can I begin classes?
All pre-requisite classes except HOCS can be taken any semester including summers provided that Xavier offers the course that semester. To take the HOCS sequence, course work must begin in the fall and then continue into the spring and following fall; a spring or summer beginning is not possible.
- Who will be my advisor?
Georganna Miller serves as the faculty advisor for all occupational therapy majors.
- Is this an “easy” major? Will I have to study?
No, this is not an easy major. Yes, you will have to study. The program is rigorous and quite demanding of your time. You will need to be a serious student.
- Will I still be able to have fun?
Yes, of course, it will remain important that you take time out to be with your friends/family and engage in activities that give you pleasure and joy. A balance to your studying time and social time will be very important.
- What if I get overwhelmed?
Xavier offers counseling services through the McGrath Health & Wellness Center. These services are free of charge to you as a Xavier student.
- What if I start falling behind in classes?
See your advisor immediately and discuss which supports may serve you best, e.g, developing better time management and study skills, procuring a tutor, joining a study group, visiting the writing center. All of these services are available through the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) at no charge to you as a Xavier student.
- What if I think I understand the course material and can verbally produce answers but do poorly on written tests?
You may have a learning disability. The LAC will help determine that.
- What if I was diagnosed with a learning disability in high school and received special accommodations at that time?
Go immediately to the LAC and register as having a learning disability so that accommodations may continue at Xavier; this registration needs to be renewed each semester.
- Where do Xavier students go to have fun?
Ask around; there are many places!
- What if my Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score, grade point average (GPA), or pre-requisite grades do not meet the admission criteria to get into the MOT program?
You will not be offered a position; you may, however, remain a Xavier student and select another major.
- How much competition is there to be accepted into the MOT program?
The challenge is to register for the HOCS courses before the maximum class size is met. Once the HOCS progression is started, progression to the MOT program will occur provided all minimum criteria are met.
- How do I know if I really want to become an OT?
Completion of the observation hours will help you make this important decision. Also, be sure to visit the AOTA’s website (www.aota.org) and click around to learn more about the profession and what occupational therapists are doing.
- Do I really need a criminal background check as I enter the HOCS concentration? I haven’t done anything wrong.
Yes, a criminal background check is now standard procedure for all those entering health care fields. And, make sure you continue to engage only in activities that are legal.
- Can I take some of the classes in the evening or on the weekend?
Several of the pre-requisites courses are offered during the evening and/or on the weekends, however, most are not. All HOCS and MOCT classes are offered during traditional class times, although, most are “blocked” to make the best use of your time on campus.
- What if I register for a class and get closed out of that class?
See your advisor immediately so that a “Plan B” can be put into action.
- Is it possible to be an athlete and still major in occupational therapy?
Yes, but you will need to be a master of time management to make sure you fit everything into your schedule. FYI, we have had several volleyball and track students successfully complete our program.
- Once I am a student at Xavier, will I ever be able to leave?
Technically, yes, as you will receive a degree and become an alumni; but, really no, as your alumni status makes you part of Xavier’s family forever.
- Will I be proud I graduated from Xavier?
Absolutely. Xavier has a very strong and positive reputation.
- Will I be happy as an occupational therapist?
Definitely. It is a very fulfilling career because you make an important difference in the lives of others.
- What if I begin to feel burned out on my job?
If that happens consider changing practice areas; it is like getting a new job without having to get a new career or degree.
- How do I declare occupational therapy as my major?
Write that in the space on your admissions form; if you start out in a different major and switch to occupational therapy, initiate the Change of Major process with your advisor.
- What are my chances of getting a job after graduation?
Extremely high. At the end of fieldwork, current graduates are typically offered 1-4 jobs. You will likely have several from which to choose.
- Must I pass the certification examination?
Yes. If you do not, you cannot work as an occupational therapist.
- What if I fail the certification examination?
That is highly unlikely. See answer to question #14.
- What if I have questions about the courses I am taking?
Don’t be shy. Go talk to your instructor; he/she is there to help you. Instructors are typically impressed when students seek their assistance.
- What if I can’t find your building?
Call our Department at 513-745-3150 and our secretary, Tina, will be happy to help you.
- What if I have other questions of which haven't been brought up here?
Again, call Tina, our secretary, and she will answer your questions or direct you to someone who can.
- Who do I contact to learn more about the program? Georganna Miller, the faculty member responsible for student advising. She will tell you about our program, answer your questions, and invite you to come for an on-campus visit.