Master of Occupational Therapy

Master of
Occupational Therapy


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Master of Occupational Therapy

Master Of Occupational Therapy
Master Of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy, is a highly-ranked and rewarding health care career that focuses on helping people complete the daily tasks that are important to them.

Occupational therapists work in:

  • Rehabilitation hospitals aiding people regain the ability to dress, bathe and feed themselves
  • Public schools assisting children to develop the motor skills necessary to write with a pencil or button their coat
  • Community agencies focused on helping adults and children develop the skills necessary to live independently

The goal of Maryville’s Master of Occupational Therapy program is to provide an inclusive and student-centered learning experience that prepares graduates with the characteristics and skills necessary to be exceptional entry-level practitioners.

The Maryville Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

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Students take courses in a state-of-the-art facility and iPads are incorporated as learning tools throughout the curriculum.

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Comprehensive program plan that fosters inclusion and diversity in the OT program.

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Small cohort sizes to support collaboration. Faculty-student ratio 1:10 in labs.

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Real-world curriculum with practical application.





There are two routes of entry into Maryville’s Occupational Therapy Masters Program. The first is through traditional graduate admissions. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree and all the prerequisite courses apply for admission to the graduate program using the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

The second route of entry is through Maryville’s Freshmen Direct Entry program. Students entering through this route complete an undergraduate degree and all the prerequisite courses and then transition directly into the Masters Degree Program. Maryville accepts up to 20 early direct admission students each year. These students are guaranteed entry into the master’s in occupational therapy program if they meet all prerequisites. Part of the prerequisites are four courses taught in the OT program. This provides the students the opportunity to become familiar with the program and faculty before they start the masters program.

Both routes of entry are competitive and based on qualification scores, application requirements and completed date of application.


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Students who are enrolled in the OT program can become members of MUSOTA – Maryville University Student Occupational Therapy Association. This group promotes occupational therapy and engages in service activities. There is also an active COTAD (Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity) chapter on campus. This group focuses on promoting diversity and inclusion within our program and the profession. Students may be selected to be members of Pi Theta Epsilon the OT Honor Society which focusing on completing research-oriented activities.


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Maryville partners with healthcare facilities and organizations in the greater St. Louis region and beyond to provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects. Partners of the university include:

• Mercy Hospital St. Louis
• SSM Rehab – Day Institute
• Barnes Jewish Hospital
• Leaps and Bounds
• Places for People


Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Betsy Hawkins-Chernof

Dr. Laura Landon, OTD, OTR/L, is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. Laura teaches many of the foundational science courses within our Program, including Anatomy, Neuroscience, and Biomechanics. Laura’s clinical work focused on outpatient neurorehabilitation for clients throughout the lifespan with an emphasis in cognitive evaluation and intervention. In addition, she serves as a Co-Faculty Advisor for Pi Theta Epsilon and the Interprofessional Education Student Council.





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