The Master of Occupational Therapy Program at St. Ambrose University is the only program leading to a registered occupational therapist degree in the state of Iowa. The two-plus-three year program consists of a minimum of two years of liberal arts education, including prerequisites emphasizing biological and social sciences. The professional occupational therapy course requirements span three years, including internships.
The professional phase of the program is arranged in a life-span format and includes five semesters on campus followed by 24 weeks of full-time field experience. With this three-year format, students have the opportunity to enroll in electives, special topics or independent study courses.
The Assistive Technology Lab serves as a resource center for students. Education is related to assistive technology and, specifically, the fabrication of assistive devices that are individualized in order to promote participation in chosen occupation. This education is offered to MOT students through formal, required coursework as well as more in-depth individual training.
Other distinctions of the program include two significant projects that deepen practical understanding. In research, student teams collaborate with faculty members on evidence-based research for an entire year. In the leadership and management course, students conduct a needs assessment to determine where an occupational therapy program could be started or expanded.
Drawn by our program's reputation and the success of our alumni, Master of Occupational Therapy students graduate with a comprehensive knowledge base and ethical standards for professional practice.