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About the MOT Program

Program Update

  • In 2018, KU began its transition of the entry-level degree program from the master's to the clinical doctorate. Applicants are no longer accepted for the master's program. The last class of students in this program will graduate in 2021.

In the master's degree program, students engage in mandatory fieldwork experiences throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, the state of Kansas, and across the country. Occupational therapy faculty designed the program to provide students with the skills necessary to work as an occupational therapist in health care, educational, and community settings.

To review admission requirements for the master's degree program, please see the academic catalog.

The occupational therapy degree program at the University of Kansas is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. More information

See also: student handbook


Costs

Note: these figures apply to the master's degree program only.

Below is an estimate of costs for full-time students finishing the degree program in three years based on the KU comprehensive fee schedule. These figures are provided as a guide only and are not an official quote of costs.

This information is subject to change by the Kansas Board of Regents and the University of Kansas.

Kansas Resident

Graduate tuition - Kansas resident

$412.89 / credit hour

83 credit hours to complete degree

$34,269.87

OT course fees

$121.55 / credit hour

83 credit hours to complete degree

$10,088.65

E-Learning course fees

$100.00 / credit hour

3 credit hours of curriculum are online

$300.00

Campus fees (spring & fall)

$418.77 / semester

6 semesters

$2,512.62

Campus fees (summer)

$62.00 / semester

1 semester

$62.00

Background check 

$59.00

one-time fee

$59.00

Estimated total tuition and fees for Kansas residents

$47,292.14

 

Non-Resident

Graduate tuition - non-resident

$970.20 / credit hour

80 credit hours (on campus course tuition)

$80,526.60

Graduate tuition- online

$412.89 / credit hour

3 credit hours (online course tuition)

$1,238.67

OT course fees

$121.55 / credit hour

83 credit hours to complete degree

$10,088.65

E-Learning course fees

$100.00 / credit hour

3 credit hours of curriculum are online

$300.00

Campus fees (spring & fall)

$418.77 / semester

6 semesters

$2,512.62

Campus fees (summer)

$62.00 / semester

1 semester

$62.00

Background check 

$59.00

one-time fee

$59.00

Estimated tuition and fees for non-residents

$94,787.54

Notes:

  • Students should also consider expenses for textbooks, room and board, transportation, and other needs.
  • A drug screening may be required at clinical sites. More info

Degree Requirements

Curriculum PDF document

Curriculum Map PDF document

Course Descriptions

Technical Standards

KU Academic Catalog

The master of occupational therapy degree program at KU is a full-time, three-year course of study at the graduate level and includes academic, practicum, and fieldwork preparation. The program has been designed to provide students with skills necessary to work as an entry-level occupational therapist in a range of possible settings. Practicum and fieldwork experiences are offered throughout the Kansas City community, the state of Kansas and, in some cases, in states other than Kansas.

The National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy administers a national certification examination to graduates of accredited entry-level programs. All states require licensure or registration to practice; initial certification is obtained by completing the nationally administered, standardized examination. Students are eligible to take the national certification exam after completion of all program requirements.

  • Degree requirements are normally completed within 3 years of admission to the program.
  • Cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.0 for all KU graduate course work.
  • Successful completion of a minimum 83 credit hours.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour the semester the student will graduate.
  • Must maintain current, valid CPR status throughout the duration of the program. CPR certification must be the Healthcare Provider designation covering the entire lifespan (infant, child, and adult) and from the American Heart Association.
  • Successful completion of all courses.
  • At some point during the program, each student must complete a 3-credit (minimum) required elective which is included in the total above. This is intended as an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and exposure to other professions, skills, or areas of expertise.
  • Students have the option to pursue faculty-sponsored special projects in addition to the required coursework, by enrolling in OCTH 680 Independent Study.
  • Students are required to complete two level II fieldwork experiences. Enrollment in the OCTH 780 Elective Level II Fieldwork course is an opportunity for students to do an optional, third fieldwork in a speciality setting.

Key Questions

Student outcomes are measured by these 10 key questions. An oral exam of these questions is given at the end of the first year of study and again as a graduation requirement at the end of the third year.

  1. How does engagement in occupation influence health and quality of life?

  2. How do occupational therapists make unique contributions?

  3. How is my practice guided by principles of a given theory or model?

  4. How do you plan and implement evaluation through the occupational therapy process?

  5. How do you establish and maintain a person-centered approach?

  6. How do you take responsibility for situating your practice in the person’s authentic contexts?

  7. How does professional reasoning guide practice? 

  8. How do you select interventions to support participation in daily life?

  9. How does evidence support your practice?

  10. How do you develop and demonstrate professional competence throughout your career?


Courses

OCTH 601 Human Anatomy 6
OCTH 602 Orientation to the Occupational Therapy Profession 3
OCTH 605 Theory and Practice in Occupational Therapy 2
OCTH 622 Analysis and Adaptations of Occupations - I 4
OCTH 630 Practicum - I 2
OCTH 635 Lifespan Development from an Occupational Perspective 4
OCTH 645 Contexts of Occupation 2
OCTH 655 Neuroscience Analysis of Occupational Performance 3
OCTH 662 Physical Considerations in Facilitating Occupational Performance 4
OCTH 670 Practicum - II 2
OCTH 672 Psychiatric Considerations in Facilitating Occupational Performance 3
OCTH 682 Analysis and Adaptation of Occupations - II 2
OCTH 690 Evaluation and Assessment of Occupational Performance 2
OCTH 704 Planning and Intervention in Occupational Therapy 2
OCTH 710 Service Management: Delivery Systems 1
OCTH 720 Occupational Therapy Practice Models 7
OCTH 725 The Research Process 1
OCTH 730 Practicum III 2
OCTH 750 Case-Based Clinical Reasoning 2
OCTH 755 Issues and Trends Seminar 1
OCTH 760 Professional Development and Leadership in Service Management 3
OCTH 765 Family and Community Service Systems 2
OCTH 770 Level II Fieldwork, Part 1 6
OCTH 775 Level II Fieldwork, Part 2 6
OCTH 776 Population-Based Clinical Reasoning 3
OCTH 783 Evidence-Based Practice 2
OCTH 790 Research Practicum and Professional Writing 3
Required elective course 3
Total Hours 83

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Outcomes

Graduation Rates
Below are figures for the three most recent calendar years (2016, 2017, 2018) for graduates from KU's entry-level master's degree program in occupational therapy.

 

2016

2017

2018

3-year total

Number of students who entered the MOT program

36

37

41

114

Number of students who graduated from the MOT program

34

35

39*

108

Graduation Rate

94%

95%

95%

95%

* One student took a year off from study and will graduate in 2019.

One practical means of demonstrating a program's quality is the success rate of a program's graduates when they take the National Certification exam. This exam is offered independently through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). See: NBCOT program data results.

The Occupational Therapy program at the University of Kansas is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; (301) 652-6611.

Last modified: Jul 25, 2019
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