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Master of Occupational Therapy

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Master of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy professionals work with people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, autism, the loss of limbs or other disabilities. The professional (entry-level) Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) 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. Additionally, diving into these health professions early on will allow OT students to rapidly develop their skills in real-life situations.

This educational process, grounded in the college’s liberal arts tradition, will prepare you to collaborate inter-professionally within your communities. Our OT program links education, research, and practice; enabling you to grow throughout your career while providing occupation-based services to clients across the lifespan.

 

MOT COTAD

Tuition 2021-2023 Cohort

Cost per credit $870
Annual lab Fees $130
Fees for Distance Education $0

Cost of tuition and fees are subject to change.

Accreditation Status 

The 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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. 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.

Level II fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of completing of the on-campus academic program.

Entering Year/Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2019/2021 40/TBD TBD
2018/2020 40/36  90%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at: secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

For more information about the accreditation process please contact:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
310-652-2682
accred@aota.org
acoteonline.org
secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

How it Works

  • The program takes 24 continuous months to complete.
  • Enrollment begins in the fall of each year and occupational therapy students complete the degree in August of the second year. 
  • 58% of the courses are residential, 35% of courses are online, and 7% of courses are blended.
  • Fieldwork placements in and around Naperville and Chicago are integrated with coursework, allowing you to apply course concepts to practice.

Fast Growing Profession

  • According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, nationwide “employment of
    occupational therapists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations."
  • According to NBC Chicago, occupational therapist ranks no. 6 for most in-demand Chicago jobs.
  • Do I Need My Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree by 2027? 

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

  • Upon graduation, OT students can log into NBCOT and review requirements for registering and taking the OT certification examination.
  • To find out how you can obtain a license in the state of Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Resources. To obtain a license in another state, you will need to research that particular state’s requirement.

Occupational Therapy, M.O.T.

The Master's in Occupational Therapy (MOT) is a two year program including two summer terms. All courses in the program are required and sequential. The program requires completion of 82 credit hours through courses offered online, traditional and blended, as well as two 12-week Level II Fieldwork experiences.

Degree Requirements

82 credit hours to include:

  • MOCT 500 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy

    MOCT 500 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy

    3.00 credit hours

    Students gain a basic understanding of the practice of occupational therapy. The course focuses on the role of the occupational therapist, the Practice Framework (current edition), scope of practice, activity analysis and standards of practice of the profession. Occupational therapy within the health care system is explored with emphasis to trends and current practice settings.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 501 - Theories in Occupational Therapy

    MOCT 501 - Theories in Occupational Therapy

    1.00 credit hours

    Students learn the history, development and philosophy of occupational therapy. Theories, models of practice and frames of references are compared and contrasted to understand how they are used in occupational therapy guiding evaluation, intervention and the sociopolitical climate that influences practice.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 502 - Documentation, Reimbursement, Appeals

    MOCT 502 - Documentation, Reimbursement, Appeals

    2.00 credit hours

    Students gain an understanding of methods of reimbursement for occupational therapy, including third-party payers, government funding and other regulatory boards. Students gain the ability to document evaluation and treatment that meets the needs and requirement for reimbursement and to clearly describe status of the consumer and progress being made. The students are guided on appeals process for reimbursement denials.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 501.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 503 - Health and Wellness Literacy

    MOCT 503 - Health and Wellness Literacy

    3.00 credit hours

    Explores the role of occupation in health promotion and disease prevention. Students gain health and wellness literacy for all populations at risk of disabilities and chronic health conditions as they identify and demonstrate the use of technology to promote health and wellness.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 504 - Functional Anatomy

    MOCT 504 - Functional Anatomy

    3.00 credit hours

    This laboratory course explores the relationship between the structure and function of the human body. Tissues, muscles, nerves, bones and joints are covered with emphasis on the function behind movement in the body.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 520 - Assessment Theory

    MOCT 520 - Assessment Theory

    1.00 credit hours

    Students learn to identify how and why assessments are used in occupational therapy and in a variety of practice settings. Students gain an understanding of statistical outcomes on quantitative assessments as well understanding differences between standardized and non-standardized assessment. The students are exposed to the interpretation process for criterion-referenced and norm-referenced standardized test scores. The role of the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant in screening and evaluation are explored.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 521 - Pediatric Theory

    MOCT 521 - Pediatric Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    Explores the normal development, delayed development and disabilities that impair participation in the occupations of children and adolescents. Students are introduced to child development and the etiology, symptoms and prognosis of pediatric and adolescent delays and disorders and their impact on occupational performance areas and components. Frames of reference, assessment techniques, evidence based practice and intervention theories are discussed.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 501.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 522 - Mental Health Theory

    MOCT 522 - Mental Health Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    Mental health disorders and psychosocial issues impair function in populations across the lifespan. This course introduces students to the etiology, symptoms and prognosis of mental health disorders and their impact on occupational performance areas and components. Frames of reference, assessment techniques, evidence based practice and intervention theories are discussed.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 521 and MOCT 524

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 523 - Physical Dysfunction Theory

    MOCT 523 - Physical Dysfunction Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    This course focuses on the physical disorders and disabilities that impair function in the adult population. Students learn the etiology, symptoms and prognosis of physical disorders in adults and their impact on occupational performance areas and components. Frames of reference, assessment techniques, evidence based practice and intervention theories are discussed.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 521 and MOCT 524

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 524 - Neurological Dysfunction Theory

    MOCT 524 - Neurological Dysfunction Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    Students learn about the neurological disorders and disabilities that impair function in the adult population. This course is designed to introduce the student to etiology, symptoms and prognosis of neurological disorders in adults and their impact on occupational performance areas and components. Topics include frames of reference, assessment techniques, evidence based practice and intervention theories.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 520.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 525 - Geriatric Theory

    MOCT 525 - Geriatric Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    Students gain an understanding of the process of aging and possible disorders and disabilities that may impair function in the geriatric population. Introduces the student to the etiology, symptoms and prognosis of geriatric disorders and their impact on occupational performance areas and components. Topics include frames of reference, assessment techniques, evidence based practice and intervention theories.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 522 and MOCT 523.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 530 - Assessment Application

    MOCT 530 - Assessment Application

    2.00 credit hours

    This laboratory course allows students to identify assessments (both standardized and non-standardized) for evaluation of clients across the life span. Students practice administering, interpreting and documenting assessments using accepted professional terminology.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 520.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 531 - Pediatric Assessment and Intervention

    MOCT 531 - Pediatric Assessment and Intervention

    3.00 credit hours

    This laboratory course introduces students to the role of occupational therapy with a focus on the occupations and delays or disabilities that impair participation in occupation and roles of children and adolescents. Students learn the evaluation and treatment of pediatric and adolescent clients and the impact of delays and disorders on occupational performance areas and components. Students learn how to provide remediation and compensation for physical, mental, cognitive, perceptual, neuromuscular, behavioral skills and sensory dysfunctions in pediatric settings. Laboratory sessions emphasize the application of intervention theory, evidence based practice and treatment techniques for specific conditions.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 530.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 532 - Mental Health Assessment and Intervention

    MOCT 532 - Mental Health Assessment and Intervention

    3.00 credit hours

    This laboratory course introduces the student to the role of the occupational therapist working with clients across the lifespan experiencing mental health and psychosocial issues that impair function. Students learn the evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders in populations across the lifespan and their impact on occupational performance areas and components. Laboratory sessions emphasize the application of intervention theory, evidence based practice and treatment techniques for specific conditions. Topics include mental health disorders that various clients experience and techniques used to restore, maintain, modify and prevent disability.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 531 and MOCT 534.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 533 - Physical Dysfunction Assessment and Intervention

    MOCT 533 - Physical Dysfunction Assessment and Intervention

    3.00 credit hours

    This laboratory course introduces the student to the role of the occupational therapist working with adult populations experiencing physical disabilities that impair function. Students learn the evaluation and treatment of physical disorders in the adult population and their impact on occupational performance areas and components. Laboratory sessions emphasize the application of intervention theory, evidence based practice, and treatment techniques for specific conditions. The course focuses on physical disabilities commonly addressed with an adult population and techniques used to restore, maintain, modify and prevent disability.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 531 and MOCT 534.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 534 - Neurological Dysfunction Assessment and Intervention

    MOCT 534 - Neurological Dysfunction Assessment and Intervention

    3.00 credit hours

    This laboratory course introduces the students to the role of the occupational therapist working with adult populations experiencing neurological disabilities that impair function. Students learn the evaluation and treatment of neurological disorders in the adult population and their impact on occupational performance areas and components. Laboratory sessions emphasize the application of intervention theory, evidence based practice and treatment techniques for specific conditions. The course focuses on neurological disabilities commonly addressed with an adult population and techniques used to restore, maintain, modify and prevent disability.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 530.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 535 - Geriatric Assessment and Intervention

    MOCT 535 - Geriatric Assessment and Intervention

    3.00 credit hours

    This laboratory course introduces the student to the role of the occupational therapist working with geriatric populations experiencing disabilities that impair function. Students learn the evaluation and treatment of geriatric disorders and their impact on occupational performance areas and components. Laboratory sessions emphasize the application of intervention theory, evidence based practice and treatment techniques for specific conditions. The course focuses on disabilities commonly associated with the geriatric population and techniques used to restore, maintain, modify and prevent disability.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 523 and MOCT 533.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 600 - Evidence-Based Practice and Application

    MOCT 600 - Evidence-Based Practice and Application

    3.00 credit hours

    Students identify evidence-based practice in the field of occupational therapy. The student learn to identify the difference between quantitative and qualitative studies. They apply evidence-based practice to the selection of treatment for clients and in future course work. The students begin the process of developing their own evidence-based practice for application in the field of occupational therapy.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 500.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 601 - Professional Advocacy, Ethics and Cultural Implications

    MOCT 601 - Professional Advocacy, Ethics and Cultural Implications

    1.00 credit hours

    Students consider the process of ethical analysis in and the delivery of care as an occupational therapist. In addition to exploring the impact of cultural influence in daily practice, the course challenges students to understand their role as an occupational therapist and advocate, and educate others regarding the value of occupational therapy in all facets of treatment settings.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 500.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 602 - Management

    MOCT 602 - Management

    1.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the management skills required to run a program or department as an occupational therapy practitioner. Topics include regulatory bodies, applicable laws, reimbursement issues, supervision, continuous quality improvement as well as planning, developing, organizing and marketing skills.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 500.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 603 - Specialty Intervention

    MOCT 603 - Specialty Intervention

    2.00 credit hours

    Exposes students to a variety of specialty interventions utilized across practice settings in occupational therapy. Topics include the use of various modalities, splinting, positioning and driver's rehabilitation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 523 and MOCT 533.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 620 - Level I Fieldwork: Pediatrics

    MOCT 620 - Level I Fieldwork: Pediatrics

    1.00 credit hours

    Level I Fieldwork introduces students to the fieldwork experience and provides the opportunity to develop a basic comfort level with an understanding of the needs of pediatric clients in the community. This course involves directed observation, active discussion and participation in various aspects of the occupational therapy process in a pediatric/adolescent setting. Students practice professional behaviors, communication and leadership skills. Clinical reasoning is developed through reflective learning activities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 530.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 621 - Level I Fieldwork: Adult

    MOCT 621 - Level I Fieldwork: Adult

    1.00 credit hours

    Level I Fieldwork introduces students to the fieldwork experience and provides the opportunity to develop a basic comfort level with an understanding of the needs of adult clients in a variety of clinical and community settings. This course involves directed observation, active discussion and participation in various aspects of the occupational therapy process with adult populations. Students practice professional behaviors, communication and leadership skills. Clinical reasoning is developed through reflective learning activities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 532 and MOCT 533.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 622 - Level I Fieldwork: Mental Health

    MOCT 622 - Level I Fieldwork: Mental Health

    1.00 credit hours

    Level I Fieldwork introduces students to the fieldwork experience and provides the opportunity to develop a basic comfort level with an understanding of the needs of mental health clients in a variety of clinical and community settings. This course involves directed observation, active discussion and participation in various aspects of the occupational therapy process with adult populations. Students practice professional behaviors, communication and leadership skills. Clinical reasoning is developed through reflective learning activities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 534.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 630 - Level II Fieldwork A

    MOCT 630 - Level II Fieldwork A

    12.00 credit hours

    A twelve week supervised field experience designed to develop competent, entry level generalist occupational therapists. Students experience a variety of clients and/or client groups across the lifespan with various physical, developmental and psychosocial challenges within various service delivery models that reflect current practice in occupational therapy. Level II fieldwork promotes the development of clinical reasoning, professionalism, evaluation and direct intervention skills to provide high-quality client care related to human occupation and performance. Fieldwork Educators are registered occupational therapists who have a minimum of one year of practice experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    All didactic courses except MOCT 695.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 640 - Level II Fieldwork B

    MOCT 640 - Level II Fieldwork B

    12.00 credit hours

    This twelve week supervised field experience is designed to develop competent, entry level generalist occupational therapists. Students experience a variety of clients and/or client groups across the lifespan with various physical, developmental and psychosocial challenges within various service delivery models that reflect current practice in occupational therapy. Level II fieldwork promotes the development of clinical reasoning, professionalism, evaluation and direct intervention skills to provide high-quality client care related to human occupation and performance. Fieldwork Educators are registered occupational therapists who have a minimum of one year of practice experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Completion of all MOCT courses.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MOCT 695 - Capstone-Research and Grant Writing

    MOCT 695 - Capstone-Research and Grant Writing

    2.00 credit hours

    As the final step in the occupational therapy education program, students work on how to conduct research as well as locate and secure grants. Each student is responsible for designing and writing a scholarly proposal for presentation or publication. At the conclusion of the capstone course, students have a project that may be used to apply to future treatment intervention or as an action research project.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MOCT 600.

    Schedule Of Classes

Occupational Therapy Academic Calendar

Occupational Therapy courses are offered in 16-week sessions. The master's degree program is a continuous, 24-month program beginning in the fall semester.

Year 1 - Fall Semester: 15 credit hours

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOCT 500 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Lecture 3
MOCT 501 Theories in Occupational Therapy (online) 1
MOCT 502 Documentation/Reimbursement/Appeals (online) 2
MOCT 520 Assessment Theory (online) 1
MOCT 530 Assessment Application 2
MOCT 504 Functional Anatomy 3
MOCT 503 Health, Wellness, Literacy Lecture 3

Year 1 - Spring Semester: 16 credit hours

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOCT 524 Neuro Dysfunction Theory (online) 3
MOCT 521 Pediatric Theory (online) 3
MOCT 531 Pediatric Assessment and Intervention 3
MOCT 534 Neurological Dysfunction Assessment and Intervention 3
MOCT 600 Evidence-Based Practice Application (online) 3
MOCT 620 Level I Fieldwork: Pediatrics 1

Year 1 - Summer Semester: 13 credit hours

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOCT 522 Mental Health Theory (online) 3
MOCT 523 Physical Dysfunction Theory (online) 3
MOCT 533 Physical Rehabilitation Assessment and Intervention 3
MOCT 532 Mental Health Assessment and Intervention 3
MOCT 622 Level I Fieldwork: Mental Health 1

Year 2 - Fall Semester: 12 Credit Hours

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOCT 525 Geriatric Theory (online) 3
MOCT 601 Pro Advocacy, Ethics, and Cultural Implication (online) 2
MOCT 602 Management (online) 1
MOCT 603 Specialty Interventions 2
MOCT 621 Level I Fieldwork: Adult 1
MOCT 535 Geriatric Assessment and Intervention 3

Year 2 - Spring Semester: 14 credit hours

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOCT 630 Level II Fieldwork 12
MOCT 695 Research Project and Grant Writing 2

Year 2 - Summer Semester: 12 credit hours

Course Number Title Credit Hours
MOCT 640 Level II Fieldwork 12

Applying to Master of Occupational Therapy

Searching for the right occupational therapy program in Illinois? We are looking for students for our occupational therapy degree program who possess academic, leadership and ethical qualities necessary to become registered occupational therapists. We use a rolling admission process where completed applications are reviewed throughout the admission cycle, so we advise you to complete your application as early as possible.

 

Important Dates

  • July 2021: OTCAS available for fall 2022 candidates
  • September 24, 2021: Verified OTCAS application priority deadline
  • Fall 2021: Priority Interviews
  • January 2022 – March 2022: Rolling Interviews
  • March 1, 2022: Verified OTCAS standard deadline date

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite coursework must be completed within 5 years of matriculation to the Master of Occupational Therapy program and have a grade of C or above. Prerequisites may be in progress when you apply. They must be completed prior to the start of the degree 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. Academic credit is not provided for applicants' work, experiential, or volunteer experience.

Application Process

Important Dates

  • July 2021OTCAS available for fall 2021 candidates
  • September 24, 2021: Verified OTCAS application priority deadline
    • Applicants who submit a complete and verified OTCAS application by the priority deadline date will be considered for an early interview.
  • Fall 2021: Priority Interviews
    • Early interviews for applicants who meet the priority deadline date and are invited will take place in October and November.
  • January 2022 – March 2022: Rolling Interviews
    • Interviews will begin in January for applicants who participate in the rolling admission process.
  • March 1, 2022: Verified OTCAS standard deadline date

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). Use code 4226.
  • Three letters of reference:
    • One letter from an OT professional.
    • 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.
  • Cover letter that discusses your volunteer/observation experience. Explain how the experiences influenced your decision to pursue a degree in occupational therapy.
  • 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. Applications will not be reviewed until all required application materials have been submitted to and verified by OTCAS; unverified applications will not be reviewed.
  • Interviews are conducted and admission decisions are made until the class is filled. Interviews typically begin in the fall. Qualified candidates will be notified by email if they are selected. 

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 degree program.

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). Occupational therapy 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. 

Master of Occupational Therapy Faculty

Michelle Sheperd

Assistant Professor of Masters in Occupational Therapy; Program Director of Masters in Occupational Therapy; Chairperson, Department of Masters in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy
+1 630 637 5739
Beverly Menninger

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Master of Occupational Therapy Program; Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy
+1 630 637 5751
Kelly Frystak

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy
+1 630 637 5502
Meegan Lambert

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy
+1 630 637 5778
Lauren Stone

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy
+1 630 637 5612
Marci J Swede

Dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences
School of Educ & Health Sci
+1 630 637 5511

Matriculation Process

The matriculation process occupational therapy schools in Illinois begins after a student receives the 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 for the master's program, 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 OT professional. Students who refuse to consent to background checks and/or drug testing will be dismissed from the degree program.

Felony Convictions

Applicants should be aware that a felony conviction might affect their ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure. For more information about how to become a certified occupational therapy professional, 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 software and hardware recommended specifications.

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

Connection Speed

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