The Western New Mexico University Masters of Occupational Therapy Program accepts applications between November 15 and April 1 for fall admission. The program is designed to bridge the education for the Occupational Therapy Assistant to the Master’s entry level. Our innovative curriculum offers on-line courses with occasional weekend laboratory experiences.
If you already have a bachelor’s degree and you are a COTA, see if you have the pre-requisites needed to get started. If you need a bachelor’s degree, you might want to check out the Bachelor of Arts in Rehabilitation Services (an on-line degree).
Click here to find out more about the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.
The COTA to MOT program class size is limited to 30 students per year. Applications will be reviewed as they are received after November 15. The deadline for admission is April 1 for the fall class of the same year. Decisions will be made by May 15 and all applicants will then be notified as to their status. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Allied Health at 575.538.6442 If you prefer to communicate by e-mail, contact Merritt.Reed@wnmu.edu. Faculty and staff are always available to answer your questions about prerequisites.
The mission of the Occupational Therapy Program is consistent with the missions of Western New Mexico University and the School of Allied Health. The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program prepares students to meet the challenges of providing entry-level occupational therapy services in established and emerging areas of practice. Emphasis is placed on cultural diversity, rural and regional healthcare, effective implementation of evidence based practice, and an appreciation for life-long learning.
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) http://www.acoteonline.org of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), http://www.aota.org, located at:
4720 Montgomery Lane, Ste 200
Bethesda MD 20814-3449
telephone # 301-652-AOTA
Accreditation of the MOT Program by ACOTE remains Active, but was changed to
Probationary Status in December, 2014
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (www.nbcot.org) . After successful completion of the exam, they receive the title of Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR).
Note: Students should be aware that felony charges or convictions may make them ineligible to take the NBCOT examination. If this is a concern, students should contact NBCOT directly for details. Contact information is as follows:
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT), 12 Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150, www.nbcot.org at 301.990.7979 or fax 301.869.8492
OUR STUDENT SUCCESS RATES
Compare MOT graduates’ performance for all MOT programs here: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
WNMU MOT student graduation rates
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