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Occupational Therapy Master's or Doctorate

Get ready to join a growing and rewarding field

As a leader in innovative and online learning, USAHS knows that different students need different modes of study. That’s why we offer Residential and Flex paths for both the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) programs. Here you will benefit from:

Blended learning with online and innovative education methods

Five campus locations in 
Florida, California, and Texas

Program Description

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

If your main goal is to engage in clinical practice—helping people expand their capabilities to their fullest potential—the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) may be the best choice for you. Our MOT puts you in a position to launch your career and start making a difference.

Online and Weekends
9 Trimesters
3 Years

Flex MOT3

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Your USAHS Master of Occupational Therapy program is available in two tracks, Residential and Flex. Both blend digital learning components with traditional on-campus, hands-on learning. As a result, you’ll interact with faculty and fellow classmates in more meaningful, significant, and effective ways.

Learning Experience

Residential MOT3

Weekdays
6 Trimesters
2 Years

Please note that the program is designed to be completed in this amount of time; however, individual experiences will vary based on factors including, but not limited to, individual progress, part‐time vs. full‐time enrollment, credits transferred, changing specializations, unsuccessful course completion, leaves of absence, or other personal circumstances.

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USAHS Has a Program to Fit Your Life and Your Schedule.

Three starts per year: September, January, and May1

Occupational therapists have a big impact on people’s lives, helping clients of all ages overcome physical, developmental, emotional and/or social deficits. Get your start or expand your career in a field that is not only rewarding, but is expected to grow at 16% between 2019-2029 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2

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Pursue a career that matters

Introduces basic patient management skills. Students will develop initial skills in therapeutic touch, communication and interprofessional collaboration.

Patient/Client Care Management

HSC 5130C

Focuses on foundations of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology and their applications to neurological conditions seen in clinical practice.

Clinical Neuroscience

HSC 5310C

With this degree you are qualified to take the licensure exam to practice as an occupational therapist. As a practicing occupational therapist, you can specialize in areas such as children and youth, rehabilitation, disability, mental health, and more. You may have the opportunity to be employed in a variety of locations including:

What You Can Do With an MOT

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Home healthcare
  • Nursing homes

Presents the theory, rationale, and evidence supporting assessments and interventions with aging adults, including sensory, physical, perceptual/cognitive, and psychosocial dysfunctions as they apply to late lifespan. Fieldwork Level I experiences integrate course content with clinical application.

Clinical Applications in Geriatrics

OCT 5146

Program Description

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

In the OTD program, you will gain research experience and learn about leadership, advocacy, and policymaking. It’s essential to have a doctoral degree if you aspire to teach at a university—and helpful for roles in practice leadership, on boards of occupational therapy associations, in patient advocacy, and in research.

Your USAHS Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is available in two tracks, Residential from all five locations and Flex from our Dallas, Texas campus. Both blend digital learning components with traditional on-campus, hands-on learning. As a result, you’ll interact with faculty and fellow classmates in a more meaningful, significant and effective way.

Learning Experience

Residential OTD

Weekdays
8 Trimesters
2.7 Years

Online and Alternating Weekends
12 Trimesters
4 Years

Flex OTD4,5

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Take the first step toward becoming a licensed occupational therapist

Both the Residential and Flex Master of Occupational Therapy tracks are 93 credit hours and prepare you to take the national licensure exam necessary to practice occupational therapy. Connect with an admissions counselor for more information about the full course listing.

Course Examples

This course introduces theories, models, and frames of reference that influence practice in various settings across the lifespan. Students view typical occupational activities that individuals and groups engage in throughout the lifespan through a theoretical lens.

Occupational Engagement and Theories of Practice

OCT 5145

Presents the theory and rationale of evidence-based clinical application of physical agent modalities, orthotics, and prosthetics. Emphasizes principles of differential diagnosis and wound/tissue healing when selecting and applying the appropriate physical agent modality. Focuses on the design and application of orthotic devices to enhance occupational performance and participation.

OT Methods II: Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Modalities

OCT 5445C

Upon successful completion of the OTD program, you will demonstrate preparation beyond the generalist level in practice, theory and research skills, leadership, advocacy, and program development. You can choose to focus in the following areas:

What You Can Do With a Doctor of Occupational Therapy

  • Research 
  • Administration
  • Leadership Program 
    and Policy Development 
  • Advocacy 
  • Education 
  • Theory Development

The student develops their plan (objectives, actions, responsibilities and performance outcomes) and background information to develop and document advanced skills, and a scholarly basis for their Capstone Experience, in one of the following areas: administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, and the role of OT in emerging areas of practice. The objectives, schedule of deliverables to match objectives, and IRB approval if needed, will be approved by the Doctoral Coordinator and as needed by other mentors/supervisors. 

Capstone Project

OCT 6700

Both the Residential and Flex Doctor of Occupational Therapy tracks are 117 credit hours which include 79 credits of core courses, 22 credits of fieldwork and 16 credits representing the doctoral experiential component of the program. Connect with an admissions counselor for more information about the full course listing.

Course Examples

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) (985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001, www.wascsenior.org) and maintains programmatic accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Three start dates are available for most programs. Start dates differ by program and campus combination.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/ (accessed September 25, 2020).

4Our Flex OTD program is currently offered in Dallas, TX only. Our residential OTD program is available at all five of our campus locations.
5Please note that the program is designed to be completed in this amount of time; however, individual experiences will vary based on factors including, but not limited to, individual progress, part‐time vs. full‐time enrollment, credits transferred, changing specializations, unsuccessful course completion, leaves of absence, or other personal circumstances.

The GRE requirement is suspended for admission into the first professional occupational therapy programs for the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 term.