Eastern Michigan University

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT Entry-Level)

At Eastern Michigan University, you have the opportunity to receive a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Degree in just 2 ½ years after completing your basic studies requirements and application prerequisites

Our program features:

  • courses and fieldwork that prepare you to enter the rehabilitation workforce with confidence, knowledge and skills
  • a degree that meets the national requirements of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • expert faculty with a variety of background
  • a strong commitment to preparing students for careers in both traditional OT settings and non-traditional settings in the community

Is this the MOT Program for you?

IF you want to be an occupational therapist and you are an undergraduate,


YES, the MOT Program combines approximately three years of undergraduate coursework and two and a half years of upper level coursework to give you a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) and a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree upon completion of the program.
IF you already have an undergraduate degree in another field and you want to be an occupational therapist,


YES, you can apply to the occupational therapy program, August 1st of each year. If accepted, courses begin the following winter. You will complete the full-time program in two and one-half years, including six months of fieldwork.

If you are interested in joining us, here’s what to do next:

Call the MOT Advisor at (734)487-3398 OR email us at ot_intent_advising@emich.edu


All students admitted to an occupational therapy program are required to take the NBCOT Certification Exam in order to practice in the United States. A felony charge or conviction, an encumbrance of professional license or negligence, malpractice or willful misconduct may affect the graduate’s eligibility for certification or state licensure. We urge applicants to contact NBCOT with questions about their eligibility if any of the above conditions apply to them. Students entering the program are also required to complete background checks in order to attend Level I and Ii fieldwork/clinical sites.

Upon completion of their degree, graduates of our program are eligible to sit for the national certification exam for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Exam.

More information about certification can be obtained by contacting:

The Eugene Casey Building
800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
(301) 990-7979

Accreditation and student outcomes


The Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Eastern Michigan University is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. The program was re-accredited in 2004 and was granted a ten year accreditation. Accreditation is granted to occupational therapy educational programs that demonstrate substantial compliance with the Accreditation Standards for a Masters level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapists.

Information about accreditation may be acquired from:

American Occupational Therapy Association
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
4720 Montgomery Lane
P.O. Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
Phone: (301) 652-2682.

Student Outcomes

NBCOT Certification Exam Results:
See student outcomes for the three most recent years

The Occupational Therapy Program is part of the School of Health Sciences, 303 Everett L. Marshall Building, 734.487.0077