Master of Occupational Therapy – Program Features

Occupational therapy education at Maryville reflects the University’s mission of creating a learning environment where teaching and mentoring students is paramount. The curriculum embraces the core philosophy of the profession: to promote peoples’ engagement in purposeful activity (occupation) including its interpersonal and environmental components, to prevent and mediate dysfunction and to elicit maximum adaptation.

Graduation from an ACOTE accredited program is required to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy certification exam.

Having been charged with or convicted of a felony; having any professional license, registration or certificate revoked, suspended or subject to probationary conditions; or being found to have committed negligence, malpractice, recklessness or willful or intentional misconduct may result in the graduate being barred from sitting for the certification examination.

The graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) after successful completion of the exam. Most states require licensure to practice. However, attainment of state licenses is usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few.

Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.