USM offers a professional, entry-level Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy for people who hold a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than occupational therapy. The Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program develops entry-level occupational therapists who strive to be agents of change by understanding the sociocultural, political, and economic factors that influence the nature of occupation in society as well as the profession of occupational therapy.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to succeed in the health and community care contexts as ethical, socially responsible life-long learners. Graduates will understand their capacities as leaders while employing the skills of clinical reasoning, problem solving, and use of evidence to positively impact their clients, their communities, and their own lives.
The MOT program at the University of Southern Maine is committed to excellence and the thorough academic preparation of entry-level occupational therapy practitioners. The program supports the development of reflective, skilled, evidence-based practitioners who can provide leadership and be a model for change. Learners construct knowledge based on the integration of academic content, active and engaged learning opportunities both in and outside of the classroom, life experiences within a sociocultural context, and the reflective analysis of all of the above. Learning and teaching is a collaborative process with peers and faculty, emphasizing respect for and value of critical thinking and clinical reasoning used to apply theory to practice. Learning is valued as a lifelong process.
Central to our curriculum is recognition that humans are occupational beings who engage in culturally meaningful activities (occupations) that are influenced by the context of their lives. Engagement in occupations is necessary for health and well being. It is the aim of this program to help students examine the meaning of occupation in healthy lives, as well as to understand how stress, trauma, disease, dysfunction, and environmental constraints impact occupational performance and participation. Students are encouraged to respect the uniqueness, dignity, and value of each individual, and to exemplify this by making the client and his or her needs central to the therapeutic process. in addition to working with individual clients, we recognize and support the stance of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Commission on Practice that clients include “groups, organizations, persons, caregivers, and communities.”
The MOT program recognizes and supports occupation-based practice, which includes the importance of examining interactions among the client, his or her multiple contexts, and the occupations in which he or she engages. Through mutual respect, a strong theoretical and practice base, and collaborative and active teaching and learning, the MOT program at the University of Southern Maine graduates occupational therapy students who are well prepared to enter the occupational therapy profession.
For additional information, please visit the “How to Apply” page on OT’s website.