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Bachelor's/Master of Occupational Therapy Dual Admission

Bachelor's/Master of Degree in Occupational Therapy Dual Admission

The North Central College dual admission bachelor's/master of occupational therapy program is exactly what you need to get your career as an occupational therapist off to the right start. This innovative opportunity provides five outstanding students direct admission to the College's master of occupational therapy (MOT) degree program as incoming freshmen. With the security of dual admission, you will have a clear pathway to achieving your goals. You can focus on your undergraduate studies while connecting early with graduate faculty, advisors and students. Our experienced, talented faculty will help you every step of the way, including preparing you to get the proper certification to become an Occupational Therapist. If you are interested in our dual degree MOT program, review our minimum GPA requirements, test scores, and other eligibility factors to see if you qualify. We can't wait to hear from you.

Dual Admission Benefits

Employment for occupational therapists is projected to grow 27 percent by 2024, much faster than the national average for all careers. Consequently, admission to MOT degree programs is becoming increasingly competitive with colleges offering a limited number of seats. The Dual Admit program gives you the opportunity to secure your seat, meet the requirements of the program, and know with confidence that a seat is waiting for you.

The North Central dual admission program also saves you the time, worry and expense of applying to graduate programs while still working toward your undergraduate degree.

At North Central, you will benefit from a strong liberal arts foundation that aligns with the mission of the occupational therapy program, featuring accomplished, highly regarded faculty, small class sizes allowing for extensive personal attention, numerous career development and extracurricular opportunities, and much more. 

Occupational therapists work with people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, loss of limbs or other disabilities. The professional (entry-level) MOT program will provide you with a diverse curriculum along with professional experiences. You will develop the knowledge, leadership ability, and ethical behaviors necessary to become a purposeful and competent occupational therapist.

Additional benefits include:

  • Streamlined application process
  • A clear road map to completing your prerequisite coursework 
  • No requirement to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test
  • Focused, personalized faculty mentoring with the MOT program director every semester

Eligibility Requirements

High school seniors must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for the dual admission program: 

  • A minimum weighted high school GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale
  • Minimum scores on a standardized test that must include a writing component:
    • ACT score of 24 or higher OR
    • SAT score of 1190 or higher
  • Admission to North Central College as an incoming freshman.

Dual Admission Conditions

Students must meet and maintain the following conditions to remain enrolled in the dual admission program:

  • A grade of C or higher in all required prerequisite courses—
    • Human Anatomy with a lab* 
    • Human Physiology with a lab* 
    • Sociology or Anthropology 
    • Developmental Psychology 
    • Abnormal Psychology 
    • Statistics 
    • *or two combined courses in Anatomy and Physiology with labs 
  • 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA
  • Observation experiences with an occupational therapist totaling at least 20 hours 
  • Community service experiences totaling at least 10 hours 
  • Participation in the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) organization

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Steps to Apply

Step 1: Submit Your Freshman Application

Freshman Applicants

Step 2: Submit Your Free Direct Admit Application

Only admitted fall 2022 freshmen who meet the eligibility requirements move to the next step in the process. These forms must be submitted by March 15, 2022:

Step 3: Application Review and Interview Process

  • A select number of admitted North Central freshman students will be invited to participate in an on-campus interview day, which includes meeting occupational therapy faculty and students, a tour of campus, and a writing sample exercise. 
  • Applicants will be notified if they are selected for an interview.

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