Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Program Features

The Department of Occupational Therapy currently offers an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. Because Xavier University is transitioning to an entry-level doctoral program, the last cohort of MOT students will start in spring 2021 with graduation in December 2022. The transition to the OTD program, which has been granted Candidacy Status, begins in fall 2020.

Students in the Master of Occupational Therapy program become competent, caring occupational therapists who use occupation or meaningful activity to address physical, emotional or educational needs. Students graduate with an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy degree, ready to make a difference in the lives of others.

Admission

Meeting the following criteria offered annually up to 40 students admission into the MOT program. If more than 40 qualified applicants applied to the MOT Program, applicants were ranked by their end-point undergraduate degree GPA. Students who dropped back a year were permitted into the graduate program if there were fewer than 40 qualified applicants from the original HOCS-entry cohort class. Qualified applicants not accepted into the program may have applied the following year.

All criteria was submitted to the Office of Graduate Services (513-745-3360; xugrad@xavier.edu). Applications were due June 1 following completion of the first year of HOCS courses.

  • Graduate program admission form.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college or university work.
  • Evidence of completion or in progress of all semester hours for the BLA degree with a minimum final grade point average as reported on the official transcript of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Evidence of successful completion (grade of "C" or higher) or in progress of all prerequisite courses with no more than two "C"s (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Rhetoric, Statistics I and II, Physics, Developmental Psychology, Bioethics, Kinesiology, Neuroscience, and all HOCS courses). All prerequisites must be taken at Xavier University.
  • Official test scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), receiving a minimum average of 33 percent when all three sections are combined (verbal reasoning, quantitative and analytical writing).
  • Personal statement related to the 40 hours of volunteer experience.
  • Personal interview, evaluation and completion of on-site writing sample may be required.

Curriculum

First Semester

  • BIOLOGY 140 Anatomy and Physiology I............ 3cr.
  • BIOLOGY 141 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab............ 1cr.
  • PSYCHOLOGY 101 General Psychology............ 3cr.
  • HISTORY I............ 3cr.
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE I............ 3cr.
  • LITERATURE ELECTIVE............ 3cr.

Second Semester

  • BIOLOGY 142 Anatomy and Physiology II............ 3cr.
  • BIOLOGY 143 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab............ 1cr.
  • ENGLISH 115 Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • HISTORY II............ 3cr.
  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE II............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111 Theological Foundations............ 3cr.

First Semester

  • PHILOSOPHY 100 Ethics as an Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • PHYSICS 140 and 142 Technical Physics and Lab............ 3cr.
  • FINE ARTS ELECTIVE............ 3cr.
  • GENERAL ELECTIVE............ 3cr.
  • MINOR OR SECOND CONCENTRATION............ 3cr.
  • PSYCHOLOGY 231 Developmental Psychology............ 3cr.

Second Semester

  • PHILOSOPHY 290 Theory of Knowledge............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 200-299............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 205 Literature and the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • GENERAL ELECTIVE............ 3cr.
  • MINOR OR SECOND CONCENTRATION............ 3cr.
  • MINOR OR SECOND CONCENTRATION............ 3cr.

First Semester

  • MATHEMATICS 156 Statistics for Health Care I............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 300-399............ 3cr.
  • MINOR OR SECOND CONCENTRATION............ 3cr.
  • HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 301 Human Occupation Across the Lifespan............ 3cr.
  • HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 303 Technology for Life Participation I............ 3cr.
  • MINOR OR GENERAL ELECTIVE............ 3cr.

Second Semester

  • MATHEMATICS 158 Statistics for Health Care II............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 329 Bioethics............ 3cr.
  • HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 323 Occupational Justice I: Foundations............ 3cr.
  • HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 411 Conditions Influencing Participation............ 3cr.
  • HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 401 Transformative Nature of Occupation............ 3cr.
  • MINOR OR GENERAL ELECTIVE............ 3cr.

First Semester

  • DCR ELECTIVE............ 3cr.
  • HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 386 and 387 Kinesiology and Lab............ 3cr.
  • BIOLOGY 204 Neuroscience............ 3cr.
  • HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 321 Analysis of Occupational Participation............ 3cr.
  • HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 403 Creative and Systematic Inquiry I............ 3cr.
  • HUMAN OCCUPATION STUDIES 405 Occupational Justice II: Independent Study............ 3cr.
  • - UNDERGRADUATE HOURS FOR BLA COMPLETED - -

Second Semester

  • - GRADUATE MOT COURSEWORK BEGINS - -
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 501 Creative and Systematic Inquiry II............ 3cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 502 Creative and Systematic Inquiry II Lab............ 1cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 503 Technology for Life Participation II............ 2cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 505 Tools and Technology for the OT Process............ 3cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 507 Professional Issues I............ 2cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 609 Theoretical Foundations and Clinical Reasoning............ 3cr.

First Semester

  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 601 Graduate Research Project I............ 2cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 603 Domains and Process I............ 6cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 605 Adaptations and Technology I............ 2cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 607 Level I Fieldwork............ 1cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 611 Professional Issues II............ 3cr.

Second Semester

  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 631 Graduate Research Project II............ 2cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 633 Domains and Process II............ 6cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 635 Adaptations and Technology II............ 2cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 637 Level I Fieldwork............ 1cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 641 Professional Issues III............ 3cr.

Fifth Year Fieldwork

  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 691 Level II Fieldwork (June-September)............ 3cr.
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 692 Level II Fieldwork (September-December)............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

MOCT 503 - Technology for Life Participation II - 2 Credit Hours
Examines the influence of environmental and contextual factors on occupational performance, describes impact of legislation and public policy on architectural, physical and attitudinal barriers to participation, and reviews service delivery models in occupational therapy including assessment and modification of the environment and application of accommodations to enhance work, home and community participation.

MOCT 605 – Adaptation and Technology for Occupational Participation I - 2 Credit Hours
Introduces assistive technology practice in occupational therapy and provides overview of technology and adaptations to facilitate occupational performance for birth to young adult population related to productivity, restoration, and relaxation.

MOCT 611 - Professional Issues II - 3 Credit Hours - Administrative, managerial, leadership, and supervisory realms of OT practice reviewed including relevant ethical ramifications. Includes program planning and evaluation; supervisory roles and responsibilities; marketing and advocacy strategies; reimbursement and documentation; and policy of various service delivery models and the resultant influence on community and on occupational therapy practice.

Tuition and Fees

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Fieldwork Education

Fieldwork education is a valuable component of the program, providing opportunities to connect knowledge learned in the classroom to the various practice arenas of occupational therapy. Cincinnati is the perfect classroom offering various locations from hospitals to outpatient clinics, day care and mental health facilities. Level I and Level II fieldwork begins in the fifth year of the MOT program.


Real-World Experience

New Hub Facilities

Xavier’s new Health United Building, which opened in fall 2019, offers a variety of modern classroom environments that provide a well-rounded learning experience. The clinical and daily living OT labs allow for patient assessment, and the high-tech, state-of-the-art computer lab features technology for research and intervention.


State-of-the-Art Facilities

International Experience

For the past 12 years, MOT students had the option to complete their service learning in Guatemala. Now, the OTD students will have a similar immersion experience for a Level I fieldwork placement. This unforgettable experience will build skills to last a lifetime.


Experience the World

Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program at Xavier University

The Department of Occupational Therapy currently offers an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. Because it is transitioning to an entry-level doctoral program, the last cohort of MOT students will start in spring 2021 with graduation in December 2022. The transition to the OTD program begins in fall 2020 as Candidacy Status is conferred. Students in the MOT program graduate with an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy degree, ready to make a difference in the lives of others.

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."