Occupational Therapy (entry level) — M.O.T.
Heather A. Javaherian-Dysinger
Academic fieldwork coordinator
Transforming lives through occupation, advocacy, and service. Loma Linda University’s Department of Occupational Therapy's mission aims to graduate compassionate, service-oriented leaders who demonstrate excellence and integrity to advance practice and facilitate occupational engagement among individuals, communities, and societies. Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking, leadership, and service to wholistically promote health and occupational justice. The engaged educational process will transform students into compassionate practitioners, advocates, and visionaries who utilize research and evidence-based practice to meet the needs of our changing society.
Curricular threads: transformative nature of occupation; evidence-based practice and research; health, lifestyle, and wellness; and service-learning; advocacy, justice, and civic responsibility.
Aligning with the unique mission of Loma Linda University, our students have the opportunity to experience fieldwork in community practices and emerging areas, as well as traditional sites. Students will participate in two Level I fieldwork experiences, exposing them to different areas of practice to observe and begin building an understanding of occupational therapy practice. Students participate in service-learning projects using their skills to create and implement programs for community partners. Each student then completes two Level II fieldwork experiences. The fieldwork coordinator works with the student to arrange the fieldwork sites. Students are responsible for their own transportation and must complete the fieldwork within twenty-four months of the didactic course work. Students must also complete a background check and any specific facility requirements prior to beginning fieldwork.
Students are required to have current adult and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification for all scheduled clinical experience. All CPR certifications must be completed at a health-care provider level and accredited through the American Heart Association. Classes are available on campus at Life Support Education, University Arts building, 24887 Taylor Street, Suite 102.
For all scheduled fieldwork experience, students are required to have immunizations for MMR, TDAP, hepatitis B series, varicella; and a yearly tuberculosis test.
- Graduate experts in the therapeutic use of occupation and theory to envision possibilities and transform lives and communities through service and advocacy. Measured through program learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.
- Graduate critical thinkers who engage in evidence-based practice. Measured through program learning outcomes 1, 3, 4.
- Graduate advocates whose personal and professional use of occupation promotes health, lifestyle, quality of life, and wellness. Measured through program learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.
Program learning outcomes
By the end of this program, the graduate should be able to:
- Articulate the importance of the history and philosophical base of the profession of occupational therapy, using occupation as the therapeutic basis of transformation and meaning.
- Describe the importance of balancing areas of occupation with the achievement of health and wellness for the clients in a holistic perspective.
- Design occupation-based intervention plans and strategies (including goals and methods to achieve them) on the basis of the stated needs of the client, and data gathered during the evaluation process in collaboration with the client and other health professionals.
- Use scholarly literature to make evidence-based decisions.
Professional registration and certification
Upon satisfactory completion of the occupational therapy entry-level M.O.T. degree, including completion of Level II fieldwork within 24 months of completion of academic preparation, and upon recommendation of the faculty, the graduate is eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The board offers computerized examinations on demand throughout the year. After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be a registered occupational therapist (OTR).
Many states require licensure in order to practice. The student should consult the Occupational Therapy Board for the state in which s/he plans to practice. The American Occupational Therapy Association provides recognition essential to the practice of occupational therapy in the United States and most foreign countries.
When the graduate applies to write the certification examination with NBCOT, s/he will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felonies. Felony convictions may affect a candidate's ability to sit for the national certification examination or obtain state licensure. For further information on these limitations, contact NBCOT at 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150; telephone: 301/990-7979; website: <nbcot.org>. Graduates practicing in the state of California must acquire licensure from the California Board of Occupational Therapy. For further information, contact CBOT at 916/263-2294; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The office address is 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2050, Sacramento, CA 95815-3831.
The Master of Occupational Therapy Program was re-accredited in May 2013 with a full 10-year accreditation status through May 2023. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; telephone: 301/652-2682; website: <www.acoteonline.org>.
Admission is based on a selective process. In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:
- Earned a prior bachelor's degree in any major from an accredited college or university.
- A minimum science prerequisite G.P.A. of 3.20, and a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20.
- Complete program prerequisites no later than December of the year prior to submission of an application.
- Complete observation experience—a minimum of 40 hours of documented observation in occupational therapy settings is required before application will be considered for admission.
The applicant must complete the following subject requirements at an accredited college or university:
Human lifespan development
These courses must have been taken within 5 years prior to application to our program.
|AHCJ 510||Human Gross Anatomy||9|
|OCTH 501||Professional Foundations I||3|
|OCTH 505||Occupation-Based Activity Analysis||3|
|OCTH 701||Service in Occupational Therapy Practice||1|
|OCTH 502||Professional Foundations II: Human Occupation||3|
|OCTH 510||Functional Kinesiology||1|
|OCTH 514||Conditions in Occupational Therapy: Behavioral Health||4|
|OCTH 522||Analysis and Intervention: Behavioral Health||3|
|OCTH 570||Critical Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice I||1|
|OCTH 506||Functional Neuroscience||3|
|OCTH 511||Conditions in Occupational Therapy: Orthopedic||4|
|OCTH 521||Analysis and Intervention I: Orthopedic||3|
|RELE 564||Ethics and Health Disparities||3|
|OCTH 507||Trends in Neuroscience||2|
|OCTH 512||Conditions in Occupational Therapy: Neuroscience||4|
|OCTH 523||Analysis and Intervention: Neuroscience||3|
|OCTH 712||Level I Fieldwork||1|
|AHCJ 705||Infectious Disease and the Health Care Provider||1|
|OCTH 503||Professional Foundations III||1|
|OCTH 509||Design and Technology||2|
|OCTH 574||Critical Inquiry and Evidence-Based Practice II||3|
|OCTH 515||Conditions in Occupational Therapy: Infants, Children, Youth||4|
|OCTH 524||Analysis and Intervention: Infants, Children, Youth||3|
|OCTH 534||Introduction to Sensory Processing||2|
|OCTH 545||Current Trends in Occupational Therapy Practice||3|
|OCTH 516||Conditions in Occupational Therapy: General Medicine||4|
|OCTH 527||Analysis and Intervention: General Medicine||3|
|OCTH 551||Occupation and Wellness||2|
|OCTH 575||Critical Inquiry and Evidence-based Practice III||2|
|OCTH 713||Level I Fieldwork||2|
|OCTH 560||Occupational Therapy Advocacy and Leadership||3|
|OCTH 576||Critical Inquiry and Evidence-based Practice IV||2|
|OCTH 702||Service Learning I||3|
|RELR 536||Spirituality and Everyday Life||3|
|OCTH 517||Introduction to Physical Agent Modalities||1|
|OCTH 552||Professional Transition||3|
|OCTH 703||Service Learning II||3|
|OCTH 721||Level II Fieldwork Experience 1||8|
|OCTH 722||Level II Fieldwork Experience 2||8|
A minimum G.P.A. of 3.00 is required quarterly as well as cumulatively throughout the program.
Normal time to complete the program
Three (3) years (11 academic quarters) — full-time enrollment required