Muskingum’s MOT program allows OTAs to work full time while earning their master’s degree. The innovative bridge-style format offers online courses and only 18 on-campus labs during a typical 2-year cohort.
ADMISSION | DEGREE REQUIREMENTS | COURSE DESCRIPTIONS | FINANCIAL AID | FIELD WORK | SCHEDULE | CONTACT
To begin the MOT application process, you will need to:
By completing the 3-step Application Criteria and Documentation Checklist. Because you earn admission points through this process, please take care to complete each step thoroughly and as instructed. If you have questions, please contact Program Director Dr. Mary Arnold at 740-826-8466 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Request recommendations
By arranging the submission of 3 Recommendation Assessment forms: one from your supervising OTR; one from a faculty member from your OTA program or occupational science course; one from a community professional.
- Submit answers to questions on the Written Interview form
The MOT program at Muskingum welcomes applications at any time, however, to be fully considered for acceptance into a fall cohort, please complete your application file by February 15.
OTA-MOT Weekend Program Course Sequence
Fall Term (10 Semester Credit Hours)
Foundations of OT Practice (2)
Transition of the COTA to OTR (2)
Anatomy & Physiology Review for OT Practice (1)
Health Policy and Informatics for the OT (2)
Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
Spring 1 Session (9 Semester Credit Hours)
Kinesiology for OT (2)
Occupational Assessment & Planning (2)
Sensory Assessment & Planning (2)
Sensory Assessment & Planning Lab (1)
Development and Human Behavior Influences on Occupational Performance (2)
Spring 2 Session (9 Semester Credit Hours)
Occupational Performance in Mental Health (2)
Occupational Performance in Mental Health Lab (1)
Mental Health Level I Fieldwork (1)
Evidence-based Practice (2)
MOTP XXX (or HLSC XXX)
Functional Human Movement (2)
MOTP XXX (or HLSC XXX)
Functional Human Movement lab (1)
Summer Term (9 Semester Credit Hours)
Occupational Performance in Pediatrics (3)
Occupational Performance in Pediatrics Lab (1)
Pediatric Level I Fieldwork (1)
Assistive Technology for Occupational Performance (2)
Leadership and Advocacy (2)
Year 1 = 37 Total Semester Credits
Fall Term (9 Semester Credit Hours)
Occupational Performance - Adults (3)
Occupational Performance - Adults Lab (1)
Physical Dysfunction Level I Fieldwork
OT with a Worldview for Cultural Competence (2)
Contemporary Issues and Alternative Practice (2)
Spring 1 Session (9 Semester Credit Hours)
Occupational Performance – Elders (3)
Occupational Performance – Elders, Lab (1)
Elders Level I Fieldwork (1)
Program Development for Emerging Practice (2)
Research Project (2)
Spring 2 Session (7 Semester Credit Hours)
Level II Fieldwork - 12 weeks (6)
Seminar I (1)
Summer Term (7Semester Credit Hours)
Level II Fieldwork - 12 weeks (6)
Seminar II (1)
Year 2 = 32 Semester Credits
Total Semester Credits for Program = 69
MOTP 601 Foundations of OT Practice
Emphasis in this course is on understanding The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and elements of the OT process including screening, assessment, evaluation, intervention, reevaluation and discharge planning. This course reviews topics such as practice settings and areas, documentation, licensure, credentialing, and professional associations. This course is primarily online with occasional face-to-face elements that take place during on campus weekends.
MOTP 602 Transition of the COTA to OTR
Because students have been working as occupational therapy assistants and now desire to become credentialed at another level, this course delivers crucial information about differences in the roles, the ethics of practice while in the learning process, and knowledge base necessary for future practice as an occupational therapist. This course is primarily delivered online and is highly discussion based.
NRSC 605 Cognitive Neuroscience
This course contains foundational content in neuroscience for future learning about human function, cognition, and neurodevelopmental movement.
MOTP 604 Health Policy and Informatics for the OT
This course covers 2 topics that although different, are inextricably linked; health policy and informatics. Students will learn about the diverse health system and the policies that drive decisions within government, institutions and facilities. They will begin to recognize their role within this complex system. Students will also learn about information technology within health and the ways in which it makes our jobs both easier and more complicated, and how to navigate the system.
HLSC 5XX Kinesiology for OT
This course is the foundation upon which students will build knowledge of human movement and kinesiology. This course teaches students what is necessary to assess, plan and provide treatment that is movement and positioning based and is preparation for taking the functional human movement course and lab in a future session.
MOTP 610 Occupational Assessment & Planning
This course approaches assessment and planning from an occupational perspective. The program feels that a broad look at occupational assessment and planning, without the constraint of a particular population, offers students a pure view of occupation and opportunity to think holistically. Examples within the course will come from across practice settings, areas and ages. The course will feature the Model of Human Occupation however other occupation-based theories will also be covered.
MOTP 611/MOTP 612 Sensory Assessment & Planning (lecture and lab)
This course is delivered from the perspective that the sensory system is the foundation of the central nervous system and as such influences functioning within all other dimensions of daily living. It covers the sensory system from a sensory integrative perspective. This course in the sensory system provides foundation for future courses targeted to specific practice groups.
MOTP 613 Developmental and Human Behavior Influences on Occupational Performance
This course assesses what students know about developmental and human behavior theory and then builds upon it to afford students an understanding of the influences development and human behavior have on occupational performance. This course adds to foundational content allowing students to apply what they have learned to planning for specific individuals, groups, populations and purposes.
MOTP 620/MOTP 621 Mental Health Assessment & Planning (lecture and lab)
This course will cover the necessary assessments and intervention for serving the mental health needs of individuals throughout the lifespan. It is sequenced ahead of the Pediatric, Adult, and Elder courses because it is felt that mental health functioning is a part of all performance. Lab experiences will be used for practice giving assessments and role playing treatment scenarios across ages and settings.
MOTP 622 Mental Health Level I Fieldwork
Each student will be assigned to a fieldwork educator who will provide real-life experiences within mental health that reinforce didactic learning. The format of the experiences will vary depending on students’ schedules and preferences. They may work with their fieldwork educator a few hours per week, or may do concentrated experiences of similar hours and content.
MOTP 625 Evidence-based Practice
This course will prepare students to be critical thinkers and evaluators of scholarship. Within the course, students will explore how scholarly activities contribute to knowledge, will locate, understand, critique and evaluate information, will explore statistical data in a variety of research and will begin the design of a scholarly proposal.
MOTP XXX/MOTP XXX Functional Human Movement (lecture and lab)
In this course students will apply their knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human body and physics to human movement. They will learn observation strategies to detect movement limitations and assessment to determine function and dysfunction. Students will create intervention plans for positioning and movement, to modify muscle tone, for proper body mechanics and for optimal human performance.
MOTP 630/MOTP 631 Occupational Performance in Pediatrics (lecture and lab)
This course takes information already learned in previous coursework and applies it to the population of birth – 21 year olds. Content from previous courses is reinforced and grown for mastery within a pediatric population. Although in the documented course sequence this course is identified first, it does not have to occur in the order of development in order for students to be successful.
MOTP 632 Pediatric Level I Fieldwork
Students complete a pediatric focused fieldwork in conjunction with the Occupational Performance in Pediatrics course. This allows them to visualize course-based learning and try their skill at implementation. This course should be scheduled in the same term as the Occupational Performance in Pediatrics lecture and lab. The format of the experiences will vary depending on students’ schedules and preferences. They may work with their fieldwork educator a few hours per week, or may do concentrated experiences of similar hours and content.
MOTP 633 Assistive Technology (AT) of Occupational Performance
This course familiarizes students with equipment and technology that facilitate occupational performance. It covers AT necessary for optimal function throughout the lifespan.
MOTP 636 Leadership and Advocacy
This course reviews leadership theory both within and outside of occupational therapy and facilitates development of leadership and advocacy skills. This course focuses on critical thinking and advocacy skills necessary for practitioners who will be working in potentially underserved regions. It will encourage students to serve individuals, groups and populations in pursuit of occupational justice.
MOTP 640/MOTP 641 Occupational Performance – Adults, (lecture and lab)
This course builds on the foundations of mental health and movement developed in prior terms and focuses on the occupational performance needs of adults. There is an emphasis on physical dysfunction as that topic has been explored less to this point than has psychosocial functioning. This course is paired with a physical dysfunction level I fieldwork with a focus on adults.
MOTP 642 Physical Dysfunction Level I Fieldwork
This level I fieldwork will offer students an opportunity to visualize and try techniques and skills that have been learned in the occupational performance, adults course. Experiences will vary from a few hours per week over the course of a term, or concentrated hours assigned to a specialized experience like a camp or training program.
MOTP 645 OT with a Worldview for Cultural Diversity
This course offers students a view of occupational therapy as provided in countries around the world through the use of a variety of materials from the World Federation of Occupational Therapist (WFOT) and OT associations worldwide. In addition to topics resulting from geographic differences topics will include gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, and other topics pertinent to diversity in practice.
MOTP 646 Contemporary Issues and Alternative Practice
This course continues to build the student’s leadership and advocacy skills and ability to work autonomously. Students in the program will be entering the field during a time of transition to a different requirement for entry level practice and into an overall healthcare environment that is ever changing. This course will help graduates to understand and navigate change and to be equipped to develop innovative practice models depending on the demands of practice.
MOTP 650/MOTP 651 Occupational Performance – Elders, (lecture and lab)
This course completes the occupational performance courses with a focus on older adults. This course pulls information in from prior courses, including sensory and mental health assessment and planning courses, and occupational assessment and planning and applies them to the elder population. This course has a good blend of all previously learned content as applied to the unique and potentially complex needs of the older adult.
MOTP 652 Elders Level I fieldwork
As with prior level I fieldwork experiences, this course pairs with the associated occupational performance in elders course. The pairing allows student to observe and try assessments and treatments with this population as they learn about them in class. The format of the experiences will vary depending on students’ schedules and preferences. They may work with their fieldwork educator a few hours per week, or may do concentrated experiences of similar hours and content.
MOTP 655 Program Development for Emerging Practice
Students spend time in this course considering the future needs of the profession and practice. They learn how to develop programs as new practice areas emerge in order to keep up with and thrive in an ever changing healthcare environment.
MOTP 656 Research Project
Students work with a faculty mentor to complete the research project designed in MOT XX Evidence-based Practice. The research projects may be individual or small group depending on practice needs and areas of focus identified during the planning process.
MOTP 660 Level II Fieldwork (12 weeks)
Students are assigned full-time to a level II fieldwork facility with an OTR supervisor. Assignments may be university or facility assigned. Level II fieldwork is an integral part of the academic experience. It permits a student to trial their function as an OTR under the watch of an experienced OT and to build their skill and confidence. Students should complete their first level II experience at or near entry-level practice.
MOTP 661 Seminar I
This fully online seminar facilitates ongoing communication and networking between faculty and students as they transition to fieldwork and begin to make sense of the full picture of practice. Assignments for seminar encourage students to use critical planning, communication, and treatment skills and to network with their classmates as they do.
MOTP 670 Level II Fieldwork (12 weeks)
Once again students are assigned to a facility under the supervision of an OT in order for them to observe and demonstrate competence in entry level practice. Assignments may be given by either the MOT faculty or fieldwork educator. By the end of this level II fieldwork experience students should be able to function at entry level for the assigned facility.
MOTP 671 Seminar II
During this second fully online seminar students focus on transitioning to graduation and employment as an OTR. Topics include certification exam preparation, resume review and finalization, job search strategies, and transitioning to the professional role.
Information regarding financial aid can be found on the Student Financial Services webpage:
For information on field work, please contact:
Mary M. Arnold, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
MOT Program Director
The most up-to-date MOT schedule information will be found on the Schedule & Registration page.
Mary M. Arnold OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
MOT Program Director