Occupational therapy is a rewarding and satisfying career that requires a high level of skill and expertise. See the list of Essential Functions for Coursework and Fieldwork that details the performance abilities and characteristics necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the MOT program.
Thank you for your interest in the Xavier University Occupational Therapy Program. Plans are underway to transition from the current Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree to an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree.
Plans to begin the first semester of the OTD Program in Summer 2020, are in the approval process (with the application process for the OTD Program planned to open in Summer 2019). Applications for the current MOT program will be accepted through Spring 2020, for the current Xavier University students in the pre-occupational therapy curriculum to the MOT program.
Admission to the HOCS courses is open to all Xavier students, with the final pathway of HOCS to MOT cohort beginning in Fall 2019; however enrollment is limited to current Xavier students. Registration for the HOCS courses is approved by the Department of Occupational Therapy and is normally determined by the following criteria:
Documented exposure to the field of occupational therapy is accomplished through volunteer or paid work experience in an occupational therapy practice setting. Completion of a total of 40 hours at two separate sites with two different populations and two different therapists is required. This is to be accomplished by completion of a minimum of 20 hours at one site with one population and one occupational therapy practitioner, and an additional minimum of 20 hours at a different site with a different population and a different occupational therapy practitioner, for a total of 40 hours. Different population examples include, pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics. Volunteer/work experience must be completed with two of the three populations. Documentation must be on the Recommendation and Verification of Volunteer/Work Experience in Occupational Therapy Clinic or Work Setting forms. Only two forms will be accepted; additional forms will not be considered. The forms must be completed by a fully credentialed occupational therapy practitioner who supervised the student and must be submitted on the original forms. The occupational therapy practitioner may not be a relative or personal friend. Photocopies of completed forms will not be accepted. Forms must be sent directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy by the occupational therapy practitioner.
Meeting the following criteria offers annually 40 students admission into the MOT program. If more than 40 qualified applicants apply to the MOT Program, applicants are ranked by their end-point undergraduate degree GPA. Students who dropped back a year will be permitted into the graduate program only if there are fewer than 40 qualified applicants from the original HOCS-entry cohort class. Qualified applicants not accepted into the program may re-apply the following year.
Upon acceptance into the MOT program, students are required to complete all graduate courses (MOCT courses) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Student membership in The American Occupation Therapy Association (AOTA) is also required. The mission of the AOTA "advances the quality, availability, use and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education and research on behalf of its members and the public" (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2000).
Prior to beginning Level I and Level II Fieldwork, students must show evidence of malpractice liability insurance ($2,000,000/$4,000,000). Liability insurance is mandatory, and provided by the University, and the University has negotiated a favorable group rate for occupational therapy students. Students are billed through the University when they register for courses that include a fieldwork or community experience. All students also must have current CPR certification; Tdap immunization; Varicella (Chicken pox) immunization; hepatitis B immunization; measles, mumps and rubella immunizations; an annual two step (or blood) tuberculosis test; annual seasonal influenza immunization; annual history and physical exam; annual Universal Precautions and HIPAA training; and an annual criminal background check in order to participate in all fieldwork experiences. The inability to comply with any of the required immunizations may restrict or prohibit Level I and/or Level II Fieldwork placements and subsequent program progression. Level II Fieldwork courses must be completed within 12 months of the academic coursework on campus. Additionally, a drug screen prior to participation in a specific fieldwork site may be required.
Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.