Master of Occupational Therapy

Special Announcement: Excellence in Multilingual Personnel in Illinois Schools (EXCEMPILS) Scholar Opportunity

We are offering a competitive scholarship for the master in occupational therapy program. The EXCEMPILS training project is funded through a grant awarded to Elmhurst University from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education. For more information including how to apply, click HERE.

An Occupational Therapy Masters Program that Fits Your Needs

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 16 percent from 2019 to 2029.

Elizabeth Wanka, program director, talks about what makes Elmhurst’s MOT program unique.

A master’s degree in occupational therapy (OT) from Elmhurst University 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.

Program Format

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.

Academic Standing and Progression Policies

Students in this program are accountable for all standards and policies stated in the Student Academic Policies and Procedures manual below.


The Elmhurst University 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 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD  20814.ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is

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.

NBCOT Graduation, Retention and Pass Rate for Elmhurst MOT Graduates
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Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online here.

Elmhurst University 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.

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