Program Overview - Master of Occupational Therapy

Contribute to your community’s health and wellness with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Rockhurst University. Here, you can expect an atmosphere that is friendly, challenging, interactive and diverse. Our comprehensive curriculum is presented in an education climate that mimics real-world therapy practices.

As an occupational therapist, you’ll enable people of all ages to live life to the fullest. Within our program, you’ll have opportunities to conduct research under the guidance of a mentor, present findings at state and national conferences, and help lead student-run select community clinics.

The Occupational Therapy Program

The program includes five semesters of coursework and six months of fieldwork. Our comprehensive, fully accredited Master of Occupational Therapy curriculum is conducted in state-of-the-art learning laboratories at Rockhurst University.

The MOT program consists of a minimum of 75 credit hours within two years of study.

Year One

You will take courses in:

  • Health through occupation
  • Occupational performance: Education, health and wellness
  • Gross anatomy with cadaver labs
  • Psychosocial performance: Theory and practice
  • Fieldwork and evidence-based practice: Impact of a disability
  • Medical conditions
  • Structural and applied kinesiology
  • Occupations across the lifespan
  • Research
  • Concepts in the OT process

Year Two

You will take courses in:

  • Neuroscience
  • Neuromanagement: Theory and practice
  • Pediatrics and developmental disabilities
  • Musculoskeletal assessment and intervention
  • Fieldwork
  • Capstone research

Rockhurst also offers a part-time sequence for those who wish to complete the program in three years.


RU's occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

ACOTE c/o AOTA, The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., 6116 Executive Boulevard, Ste 200, Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, Phone (members): 800-SAY-AOTA (729-2682) | Phone (non-members): 301-652-6611.

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Learn Here and Abroad

We’re proud to say that our MOT students have a broad range of opportunities to provide services through the Kansas City area, as well as regionally and on international service trips. These experiences prepare you to become a more well-rounded occupational therapist.

Points of Acceptance

RU undergraduates can apply for the Master of Occupational Therapy program through freshman pre-admission, our occupational therapy scholars program, or regular admittance. Rockhurst graduates have the option of completing their bachelor's degree and OT degree within our 3+2 program.

If you’re planning to transfer to RU, you may apply for the pre-admission if you have completed two years of undergraduate coursework.

Post-baccalaureate students apply through OTCAS at the summer prior to the selection of a new class. Students are encouraged to apply upon completion of the majority of their prerequisite courses.


Required prerequisite courses include:

  • English composition I and II
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Statistics
  • Ethics
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Introductory sociology or anthropology
  • Introductory physics with lab
  • Anatomy with lab (minimum of four hours completed within the past five years)
  • Physiology with lab
  • General biology with lab

Requirements are subject to change. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the Office of Graduate Admission to inquire about changes before submitting an application.

National Certification Examination

Once you complete your Master of Occupational Therapy degree, you’ll need to pass the national certification examination, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Our program prepares students for success on this exam. In fact, 100 percent of Rockhurst’s occupational therapy graduates who have taken the exam have passed.

Admission Process

Rockhurst students apply through the Office of Graduate Admission. All others apply through these easy steps:

  1. Complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Maintain a minimum cumulative, natural science and prerequisite coursework GPA of 3.0 or higher (recommended).
  3. Complete all prerequisites by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning the program.
  4. Apply online at
    1. Submit three professional references
    2. Submit a personal essay
    3. Complete 16 observation hours in at least two different occupational therapy settings.
  5. International students whose first language is not English must also earn a TOEFL score of at least 79 on the internet-based test. 6. Selected applications will participate in a personal interview.

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