Please read these questions carefully as the information
contained is very important to your application to the Masters of Occupational
Therapy Program. The answers below will assist you in completing your
questions or concerns regarding the application process, please contact the
Department of Allied Health or the Admissions Office*
1. What if I already have an OTA degree
but do not have a bachelorís degree yet?
In order to be admitted, the
MOT program requires that participants have an OTA degree and a bachelorís
degree (in any subject), both from an accredited university. If you donít
have a bachelorís degree, you will need to pursue one prior to admission to
the MOT program. You may want to consider the on-line Bachelor of Arts in
Rehabilitation Services degree offered through the Allied Health Department
at WNMU. For more information on this program, contact the Department of
Allied Health at WNMU.
2. If I donít have one (or more) of the
prerequisite courses, can I still get into the program?
The prerequisite courses
are based on the accreditation standards and are essential for admission. You may submit an application if you can
complete the prerequisite(s) during the summer, prior to the start of fall
classes in August. However, if you have multiple prerequisites to take, you
may have to postpone admission to the next year.
3. What if I have a bachelorís degree
but am not a COTA?
The MOT program is
designed to be on-line plus three weekends per semester, and is intended to
provide additional technical skills needed to supplement the OTA education
and to bridge up to the entry level masterís degree. In order for the program
design to be successful, it is necessary that the participants bring a
certain minimum knowledge and skill set with them. We believe that a
bachelorís degree and an OTA degree, along with certain prerequisite courses,
provide the minimum knowledge. In addition, it is expected that you will have
applied to and received from NBCOT your COTA certification. The majority of
our participants currently work in the field and are seeking to expand their
professional credentials and opportunities through this program.
4. Can I complete the OTA degree and
the MOT degree at the same time?
No. Both programs are set
up in a ďlock stepĒ sequence of courses that build on each other. The
foundation of OTA skills acquired through the OTA degree plan is critical to
advancing into the MOT program.
5. What if I live out of state or out
of the country: can I still do the on-line portion and just not come in for
the weekend labs?
No. You would miss
crucial information. The lab-based weekend experiences are not available via
the on-line delivery methods. Attendance at the three weekend labs per
semester is mandatory.
6. How long does it take to complete the
The length of the program
is 2.5 years. The first two years are academic, and consist of 5 semesters of
course work. The course load is 10 Ė 11 credit hours for the fall and spring
semesters and 4 hours for the summer semester. The final half year is divided
into two fieldwork assignments of 12 weeks duration at each site.
7. Is there any way to condense the
program to one year if I have all the pre-requisites† †and already have
experience as a COTA?
No. The accreditation
standards require certain content to be taught. Experience as a COTA is
certainly helpful, but can not be counted towards college credit at the
8. I have an OTA degree and am a COTA
but I have never worked for a supervising OTR. Can I get references from
The perspective of a
practicing OT who observed you in the field is what we are looking for.
You can use a referral
from an OT that supervised you during your educational fieldwork phase.
9. Why canít I start the program in the
spring or summer?
The program is structured
in a cohort group that stays together until graduation. Admissions are
limited to the fall semester, and the group progresses through the sequence
of courses in the program. If you were to join the cohort during any other
later semester, you would have missed the prior semesterís course offering
which is pre-requisite to the next semesterís classes.
10. When should I submit my application?
Applications are accepted
year round and so you should submit your application as soon as possible. The
deadline for applications is the 1st of April for admission to the
fall semester of that year. Applications received after April 1 will be
considered for the class starting the following year unless there is still
space available. Decisions will be made by May 15 for the class of that year.
11. How do I finance my education?
Program costs information and assistance are available.† This is a hybrid program
consisting of online courses and on- campus labs. If you live out of state,
you will pay out of state tuition. Current tuition and fees are listed on the
home page of www.wnmu.edu, and you can calculate a
budget from the information contained therein. Also, the Western Interstate
Commission of Higher Education Professional Student Exchange Program offers
reduced tuition to qualifying applicants from the following states: AL, AZ,
HI, MT, and WY. To see how you can qualify, search www.wiche.edu/psep. In addition, the WNMU Admissions homepage
offers other tuition waivers for graduate students from El Paso, TX and from
Colorado. Information on loans, grants, and WNMU Foundation private
scholarships can be found on the WNMU Financial Aid homepage. AOTA members
may be able to qualify for AOTF scholarships. The Federal Financial Aid
Relief for Allied Health Students is another recommended resource.