Master of Occupational Therapy

Prepare for a dynamic career in a growing field. The job outlook for occupational therapists has never been better. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 29 percent between 2012 and 2020.

A master’s degree in occupational therapy (OT) from Elmhurst College will prepare you for professional entry-level practice as an occupational therapist. Designed for students who are new to the field of OT, Elmhurst’s graduate program combines rigorous academic coursework with service learning, practical experience in the field, and collaborative research on campus.

The MOT program is offered in a hybrid format combining online learning with on-campus classes in Chicago’s western suburbs. You can complete the master’s degree in 24 months of full-time study.

Elmhurst College entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Elmhurst College evaluates all applicants and administers all its policies regarding admission, education, and school activities without regard to race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

Elizabeth Wanka, DrOT, MOT, OTR/L

Assistant Professor and Program Director, Master of Occupational Therapy Program
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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