Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
The following educators make up the University of Washington Division of Occupational Therapy Faculty:
- Donald Fogelberg, PhD, OTR/L
- Tracy L. Jirikowic, PhD, OTR/L
- Tracy Mroz, PhD, OTR/L
- Janet M. Powell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
- Beth Rollinger, MHA, MS, OTR/L
The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine provides an archive of interviews where faculty members discuss their past and current involvement in rehabilitation medicine, their interests, and their clinical and academic goals.
The MOT program includes seven consecutive quarters of academic coursework, followed by two quarters of full-time clinical field work. In the first three quarters of the curriculum, students take courses in applied human sciences such as functional anatomy, neurobiology, and kinesiology. They also learn about the foundations of occupational therapy, theoretical concepts and practice areas, occupation through the life span, and therapeutic communication skills.
During the last four academic quarters, students take courses focused on occupational therapy theory and practice. They complete Fieldwork I, a one-week, full-time experience in the field that is integrated into four courses in the curriculum. Students observe and participate in diverse practice settings, including physical rehabilitation, mental health, pediatrics, and geriatrics, giving them the chance to apply the information they are learning in class.
Students complete a Capstone Graduate Project and present this at a professional symposium to students, faculty, and practitioners in the community. After successful completion of all academic coursework, including Fieldwork I, students take 24 weeks of full-time Fieldwork II, typically in two different settings, where they apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in coursework to practice with clinical supervision.
For more detail on the individual courses and curriculum requirements, please read the Division of Occupational Therapy Curriculum Plan.
The Graduate (Master's) Project provides a "capstone" learning experience. Students select from proposed community projects, and then work in small groups over three quarters with a faculty advisor and community therapist who guide and supervise them. Projects typically focus on community-based program development, education, or advocacy. The Graduate Project culminates in a scholarly written paper and professional poster. Students present their project orally at a professional symposium attended by faculty, students, and community practitioners.
View the 2016 Graduate Project poster presentations here.
Level I Fieldwork
Level I Fieldwork is integrated into four core courses in the curriculum and is integral to the program's design and sequence. Each Level I Fieldwork is one week of full-time experience working under the supervision of an occupational therapist or other professional. Integrated classroom experiences include assessment reports, treatment planning, and documentation notes. Fieldwork I experiences are shared in class discussions with the instructor and fellow students.
Level II Fieldwork
The goal of Level II Fieldwork is for the student to develop into a competent, entry-level occupational therapist. Fieldwork II provides in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on purposeful and meaningful occupation. An equivalent of 24 weeks full-time experience in Fieldwork II is required, and this must be successfully completed within two years of completion of program coursework.
The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator helps students select from more than 150 fieldwork centers to best meet their interests and skills. We work to make sure that each student is exposed to a variety of clients of different ages and various practice settings. After successful completion of Fieldwork II, students are eligible to graduate and to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapist, Registered.
Scholastic and Graduation Requirements
The University of Washington Graduate School requires that a minimum grade of 2.7 or a “credit” grade in non-graded courses must be attained in each required course in the MOT program. In any course with both didactic and clinical/laboratory components, the student must pass both the written and practical portions of the course. If a student receives a grade below 2.7 in a required course, continuation in the program is reviewed and determined by the Division of Occupational Therapy Advisory and Evaluation Committee. A student must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the program. If at any point a student's cumulative GPA in the program falls below 3.00, the student is placed on academic probation and must raise the GPA to 3.00 by the end of two subsequent quarters. Students unable to remove their probationary status are subject to dismissal from the program.
The student must satisfactorily complete all academic coursework before taking the two required Level II Fieldwork placements. Students must pass the two Level II Fieldwork placements within 24 months following completion of the academic portion of the program to graduate from the program. If one Level II Fieldwork placement is not passed, the student may petition to repeat the placement. Only one repeat of a Level II Fieldwork failure is allowed, whether it is the first or second placement. Failure to pass the repeat Fieldwork II will result in dismissal from the program.
Throughout the program, students must demonstrate they meet the essential requirements of the academic program. Follow the link for a detailed description of the Occupational Therapy Program's Scholastic & Graduation Requirements.
To learn more about the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Washington, please explore the links below: