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Master of Occupational Therapy

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Purposeful and Professional Practitioners

The professional (entry-level) Master of Occupational Therapy program will provide you a diverse experiential curriculum that challenges you to develop the professional knowledge, leadership, and ethical behaviors necessary to be purposeful and competent practitioners. This educational process, grounded in the college’s liberal arts tradition, will prepare you to collaborate inter-professionally within your communities. The degree links education, research, and practice; enabling you to grow throughout your career while providing occupation-based services to clients across the lifespan.

How it Works

  • The program takes 24 continuous months to complete.
  • Enrollment begins in the fall of each year and students complete the degree in August of the second year. 
  • 70% of the courses are residential and 30% are online.
  • Fieldwork placements in and around Naperville and Chicago are integrated with coursework, allowing you to apply course concepts to practice.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide “employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 27% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average of all occupations.”  Occupational therapists work with people who suffer from Alzheimer’s, autism, the loss of limbs or other disabilities. Occupational therapy ranks no. 23 in the 100 Best Jobs and no. 17 in the Best Health Care Jobs, according to US News and World Report. According to NBC Chicago, occupational therapist ranks no. 6 for most in-demand Chicago jobs. The median salary for Chicago occupational therapists is $78,800.

Accreditation

The program is currently in applicant status with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The program will go before ACOTE for candidacy status in April 2018. North Central College cannot admit students to this program until candidacy status has been granted by ACOTE. The program anticipates a candidacy decision will be made May 2018. The first cohort is anticipated to begin in fall 2018 pending approval from ACOTE.

For more information about the accreditation process please contact:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
310-652-2682
accred@aota.org
acoteonline.org
secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Curriculum

Year One
2018-2019
Fall Term (August 13, 2018 - November 16, 2018)

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOT 500 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3
MOT 501 Theories in Occupational Therapy (online) 1
MOT 502 Documentation/Reimbursement/Appeals (online) 2
MOT 520 Assessment Theory (online) 1
MOT 530 Assessment Application 2
MOT 504 Functional Anatomy 3

 

2018-2019
Winter Term (November 26, 2018 – March 15, 2019)

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOT 503 Health, Wellness, Literacy 3
MOT 521 Pediatric Theory (online) 3
MOT 531 Pediatric Assessment and Intervention 3
MOT 522 Mental Health Theory (online) 3
MOT 532 Mental Health Assessment 3

 

2018-2019
Spring Term (March 25, 2019 – June 7, 2019)

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOT 600 Evidence-Based Practice and Application 3
MOT 620 Level I Fieldwork – Pediatrics (off campus) 1
MOT 523 Physical Dysfunction Theory (online) 3
MOT 533 Physical Dysfunction Assessment and Intervention 3

 

2018-2019
Summer Term (June 10, 2019 – August 2, 2019)

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOT 524 Neurological Dysfunction Theory (online) 3
MOT 534 Neurological Dysfunction Assessment and Intervention 3

 

Year Two
2019-2020
Fall Semester

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOT 525 Geriatric Theory (online) 3
MOT 535 Geriatric Assessment and Intervention 3
MOT 601 Professional Advocacy, Ethics, and Cultural Implication (online) 2
MOT 602 Management (online) 1
MOT 603 Specialty Interventions 2
MOT 621 Level I Fieldwork – Adult (off campus) 1
MOT 622 Level I Fieldwork – Mental Health (off campus) 1

 

Year Two
2019-2020
Spring Semester

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOT 630 Level II Fieldwork 12
MOT 695 Capstone: Research Project and Grant Writing (blended) 2

 

Year Two
2019-2020
Summer Semester

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOT 640 Level II Fieldwork 12

Applying to Master of Occupational Therapy

For admission into the Master of Occupational Therapy program, North Central College considers students who possess academic, leadership and ethical qualities necessary to become occupational therapists. We use a rolling admission process where completed applications are reviewed throughout the admission cycle. Interviews are conducted and admission decisions are made until the class is filled. Students are advised to complete their application as early as possible. 

Important Dates

  • March 15, 2018 - Deadline to submit application materials to OTCAS
  • May 2018 - Students will be notified of an admission decision no later than May 2018. The program is currently in applicant status with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). As a result North Central College cannot admit students prior to May 2018.
  • Jan. - June 2018 - Interviews will take place for the fall 2018 term.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite coursework must be completed within five years of the submission of your application and have a grade of B- or above. Prerequisites may be in progress when you apply. They must be completed prior to the start of the program if you are accepted. We do not accept advanced placement credit to fulfill prerequisite coursework. All in-progress and future prerequisite coursework must be documented in the OTCAS application. 

  • 3 credit hours - Human Anatomy with a lab*
  • 3 credit hours - Human Physiology with a lab*
  • 3 credit hours - Sociology or Anthropology
  • 3 credit hours - Developmental Psychology
  • 3 credit hours - Abnormal Psychology
  • 3 credit hours - Statistics

 *or two combined courses in Anatomy and Physiology with labs

We do not accept transfer credits toward the fulfillment of graduate-level coursework required to complete North Central’s Master of Occupational Therapy degree.  Academic credit is not provided for applicants' work, experiential, or volunteer experience.

Application Process

The deadline to submit application materials to OTCAS is March 15, 2018.

1. Begin Your OTCAS Application

All applicants must apply online via the online application service OTCAS. Review all OTCAS and North Central College-specific instructions prior to completing the application process. Submit the following documents to OTCAS:

  • An earned, four-year, bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation. Evidence of earning a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale..
  • Test scores from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE).
  • Three letters of reference:
    • One letter from an occupational therapist.
    • Second letter from a professor who has taught the applicant or an academic advisor.
    • Third letter from either a supervisor or someone who can speak to the applicant’s work ethic.
  • Professional résumé.
  • Personal statement as prompted in the OTCAS application.
  • Minimum 30 hours of documented observational/volunteer experience:
    • Twenty hours must be in an occupational therapy setting.
    • Ten hours must be in a community service setting.

2. Application Review and Interview Decisions

  • Completed applications are reviewed throughout the admission cycle. Interviews are conducted and admission decisions are made until the class is filled.
  • Applications will not be reviewed until all required application materials have been submitted to and verified by OTCAS; unverified applications will not be reviewed.

3. Interview by Invitation Process

Applicants must meet all the admission requirements listed to be considered for an interview. Applicants will be notified if they are invited to an interview session. An interview does not guarantee admission into the program.

  • Interviews typically begin in January and end in June. Qualified candidates will be notified by email if they are selected. 

International Applicants

Applicants who are not United States citizens and/or who graduated from a college or university in a country other than the United States also must submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • Official course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts by WES (World Education Service) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). Students may be required to submit additional academic documentation/information.
  • Official results of the TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum TOEFL score is 80 or IELTS band score of 6.5 or higher. 
Michelle Sheperd

Assistant Professor and Program Director, Masters in Occupational Therapy
KIN
630-637-5739
Beverly Menninger

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and Assistant Professor
School of Educ & Health Sci
630-637-5751

Matriculation Process

The matriculation process begins after a student receives notification of acceptance. If a student either fails to satisfy the below matriculation requirements or omits/falsifies information required on official admission documents, the student automatically forfeits his/her seat in North Central College’s Master of Occupational Therapy program.

Required Documentation

To complete the matriculation process, the student must return the signed matriculation agreement and submit the following:

  • Nonrefundable deposit fees of $500. The entire deposit is applied toward the student’s tuition if the student enrolls.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Signed technical standards form.
  • Complete medical file that includes proof of immunization/immunity.
  • Proof of medical and disability insurance coverage.
  • Access to computer and acknowledgement of technology requirements.
  • Students requesting a F1 visa must submit a Declaration of Financial support, a bank letter certifying the amount of funding for the first year of studies, a photocopy of passport identification page, visa pages and I20 form, if applicable.
  • Authorize and pass the criminal background check, international police clearance, drug screening and/or fingerprinting background check.
  • Any additional documents requested by the School of Graduate & Professional Studies.

Background Checks

Health care facilities require North Central College students to provide background checks, drug testing, fingerprinting and other information in order to participate in clinical rotations at their sites. Successful completion of fieldwork experience is required for the Master of Occupational Therapy degree at North Central College and is a prerequisite for being able to sit for the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy exam to practice as an occupational therapist. Students who refuse to consent to background checks and/or drug testing will be dismissed from the program.

Felony Convictions

Applicants should be aware that a felony conviction might affect their ability to sit for the certification exam or attain state licensure. For more information, contact the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and the state licensure board in the state you wish to practice. For entering students with a concern, NBCOT can be contacted directly for information related to the Early Determination Review process.

Technology Requirements

The Master of Occupational Therapy curriculum is delivered both in person and online. Applicants who receive and accept an offer of admission are expected to be proficient at using a personal computer.

Browser Requirements:

Online courses will be available in Blackboard. If your computer does not have the proper hardware, Blackboard may run slowly or may not run at all. Prior to using Blackboard on your computer, compare your current system configuration with the recommended specifications.

Blackboard Support recommends the following hardware and software requirements in order to access courses on Blackboard.

Connection Speed

Once you have ensured that your computer has the proper operating system and hardware to run Blackboard, you should verify that your internet connection is fast enough to support Blackboard. A connection speed test is available. If your internet connection is slower than the recommended speed, you may encounter difficulties when loading pages, especially during peak usage times.


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