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Muskingum University Announces Alternative Pathway to Master of Occupational Therapy Program
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After a successful pilot program in Summer 2022, Muskingum University launches an alternative pathway to its Master of Occupational Therapy program. The MOT alternative pathway enables individuals with a bachelor’s degree in health-related fields to complete prerequisite courses that will lead to admission in the master’s program.

“In the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program, our vision is to ‘value what we know to grow future knowledge and opportunities for the individual, the OT profession, and the world’, and the Alternative Pathway is a perfect fit,” says MOT Program Director Dr. Kimberly Lawler. “Expanding admissions to the MOT program to individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a health-related field holds true to the program’s vision and mission. People often find occupational therapy and grow their passion to pursue a career in the profession through life experiences. The alternative pathway to the MOT program allows individuals on a different career path to follow their dream of becoming an occupational therapist. By sharing their unique perspectives, alternative pathway students will enrich classroom discussions and add to the diverse learning environment within the MOT program.”

MOT courses are taught online along with 18 on-campus weekend learning experiences that provide hands-on learning for students. Students are selected into a cohort each fall, and follow a full-time, set rotation of courses throughout the program. Upon graduation students will be prepared for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

The Muskingum University MOT program has a status of accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association (

Individuals interested in the Master of Occupational Therapy program alternative pathway can learn more at They also are invited to contact Jennifer Baird,, or Dr. Kimberly Lawler,

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