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Your Clients Have The Will.  You'll Provide The Way.

Everyday abilities that most people take for granted can be a never-ending series of challenges for many individuals. Most environments simply aren't well-suited to persons who have been injured, diagnosed with a disability or seen their bodies undergo debilitating changes as they grow older.

With a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree from Nebraska Methodist College, you'll be equipped to provide such persons with the tools they'll need to sustain a high quality of life despite the challenges they face.

Most people you work with have the determination to overcome adversity, but it will be up to you to guide them on their path, helping them see that an injury or a disability doesn't have to be a hindrance to a long and healthy life.

NMC's Occupational Therapy program is geared toward compassionate professionals who want to take a more individualized approach to healthcare. While persons in this field may work in settings as diverse as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private clinics, you'll also have the chance to enter the homes and lives of the people you care for.

This personal touch helps define both the Occupational Therapy program and NMC as a whole. A person is not defined by their health issues, and our classes take a holistic approach that emphasizes establishing a connection on a personal level.

You'll learn how to implement effective occupational therapy programs designed with each client in mind, provide expert guidance for long-term healthy living and actively listen when having someone to talk to proves just as important to a client as making it to the next benchmark.

Occupational Therapy Degree Highlights

  • On-campus and online hybrid format combines classroom learning, research assignments, lab work, and Fieldwork teaching formats in a six-semester, 24-month program.
  • Designed to provide graduates with the technical background, therapeutic interaction skills, and critical thinking needed to work as the main point of contact with clients in a variety of healthcare settings, including private residences.
  • Fieldwork assignments begin in the first semester. These experiences provide students with hands-on learning opportunities in rural and urban areas throughout the country.
  • Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
  • Faculty possess a wide range of backgrounds and skills, with demonstrable experience in their chosen fields.
  • Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) examination. After certification through NBCOT, graduates must also meet the licensure requirements for the state in which they choose to practice.

Additional MOT Information

Occupational Therapist Salary and Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a 18% growth projection for the OT profession between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the average across all other occupations.

This is due largely to increased insurance coverage of persons with chronic conditions and continued growth of the elderly population. Workplaces in which OTs will find particularly high demand include hospital, rehabilitation and orthopedic settings.  

In May 2018, the median salary for an occupational therapist was $84,270 per year or $40.51 per hour.

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Accreditation Details

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929 . ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 18 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.