Occupational Therapy (Entry-Level MOT/Prior BS)

Loma Linda University

36 months
44047 USD/year
44047 USD/year
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The Masters degree requires a previous bachelor's degree. Students receive a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree upon successful completion of all didactic and fieldwork requirements. Students are then eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam for OTR.


The Master of Occupational Therapy program from Loma Linda University begins in the summer quarter each year. The curriculum is built on service-learning, practice, and research representing curriculum content that supports the student's progressive growth and knowledge. For the two three-month fieldwork experiences, the student is assigned for experience at approved hospitals and in community health care programs.


An occupational therapist work with persons who find it difficult to cope with psychological or physiological dysfunction. The primary concern of the therapist is to stimulate those changes in behavior patterns that will increase the patient's personal independence and ability to work within his/her cultural and personal milieu. To accomplish this goal, the occupational therapist evaluates the patient; sets up treatment goals; and selects tasks from the gamut of normal daily self-care activities, using them to assist the patient in gaining independent-living skills regardless of disability or handicap. Essential to the role of occupational therapy is an interest in the behavioral sciences and a concern for the individual's need to find proper adjustments to life's circumstances. A desire to teach and a background or interest in medical science are beneficial. Those inclined to mechanical or scientific techniques are suited to helping patients develop their capacities for employment. Others find that they can use their interests in creative arts, crafts, music, and teaching to work with the disabled homemakers, children and retired persons.

Possible Careers: Clinic and hosptial settings, rehabiliation centers, skilled nursing facilities, educational institutions, administration, school-bassed practice, private practice and community-base agencies.


The MOT program is accredited by the American Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Graduates of this program will be able to take the national certification examination for occupational therapy administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Occupation-Based Activity Analysis
  • Service-Learning Seminar
  • Professional Foundations in OT II: Human Occupation
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Conditions in Occupational Therapy: Behavioral Health
  • Analysis & Intervention: Behavioral Health

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Previous Bachelor's degree earned at an accredited college/university
  • All prerequisites must be from regionally accredited colleges/universities, and be complete by December of year applying.
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Three personal recommendations
  • 40 observation hours in OT settings. Mail, fax, or email the completed observation evaluation forms to Department of Occupational Therapy by deadline.
  • Grades below a B- will not be accepted.
  • Apply at Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).  MOT applicants must first apply to OTCAS; please visit to create your OTCAS account.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44047 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44047 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    44047 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44047 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.


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Occupational Therapy (Entry-Level MOT/Prior BS)
Loma Linda University