Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about Muskingum University's Master of Occupational Therapy Bridge Program?
Here are the answers to frequently asked questions.
How much does the program cost?
During the 2022-2023 Academic Year, the tuition for the Master of Occupational Therapy program will be $905 per semester hour of credit.
Financial aid information is available through the Office of Student Financial Services.
How long will the MOT program take me to complete?
Muskingum’s MOT is a 2-year bridge program designed for licensed OTAs. Combining online instruction with 18 weekend on-campus labs provides participants the opportunity to continue working full-time while earning their degree. In addition, beginning in Summer 2022, a path will be piloted to permit individuals with Bachelor's Degrees in related fields to enter the MOT Program. See separate information here.
Can the program really be completed while working?
As a full-time, lock-step graduate cohort, the MOT program will place significant demands on your time. Many students who are working full time (including those with young families) have found success in the program when they are able to commit time daily to their course work by building flexibility and support into their busy schedules. Some students do modify their work schedules in order to meet their preferences. Work schedules must be adjusted to meet class times for on-campus weekends.
Is the program fully accredited?
YES! The Muskingum University MOT program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929 (previously 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814). ACOTE’s phone number C/O AOTA is (301)-652-AOTA and it’s website is www.acoteonline.org
What are the online classes like?
Online courses are similar in many ways to face-to-face classes. They incorporate a variety of learning activities to be consistent with different learning styles. Online courses require significant self direction. Online classes may include any/all of the following:
- Focused discussions
- Video or narrated lectures
- Online research
- Written assignments
Advantages to online courses include:
- Flexibility of schedule for completion of requirements
- Ongoing availability of lecture materials for review as needed
- Variety of learning materials help to match learning style
How often will labs meet, and what will the schedule of the weekends be like?
During the first 6 sessions, labs will be scheduled at the end of weeks 3, 6 and 9 (with some adjustments for holidays). Generally, classes will meet for about 4 hours on Friday evening and for a full day on Saturday. Occasionally it may be necessary to extend lab times into a Sunday afternoon. To help facilitate planning, students receive an MOT specific academic calendar several months ahead of schedule.
During the weekends on campus students will be engaged in lab with faculty, working on projects and presentations, and will spend time in networking service and student organized activities.
How will fieldwork be offered? Will I be able to do my fieldwork close to my home?
The MOT program is committed to providing quality fieldwork in a variety of geographic areas and practice settings. It is our expectation that fieldwork will be able to be done within a 90-minute drive from your home. We will always work to make the opportunity available as close as possible, however factors such as number of students from one community, availability of sites, and time of year may affect options.
Level II Fieldwork will be completed during traditional daytime hours, so plan ahead for work and financial resources during those final two terms.