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Master of Occupational Therapy


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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 MOT program also has an Assistive Technology Lab that serves as a resource center for students and offers free services to clients and health care professionals.

Students may enter the program as an undergraduate or graduate student. If you have not earned an undergraduate degree, you will need to complete a baccalaureate degree by the end of your second year in the program and will be considered a graduate student your third year. If you have already earned a baccalaureate degree, you will be considered a graduate student throughout your enrollment.

MOT Program Mission 

The St. Ambrose University Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program develops ethical, innovative, and sensitive health professionals engaged in life-long learning who serve as socially responsive individuals dedicated to optimizing the occupational participation of others in a diverse and global society.

Only at Ambrose

  • 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.
  • Two significant projects 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.
  • Study abroad options in Ecuador and Brazil also give students the opportunity to learn about the need for occupational therapy outside of the United States and for hands-on experience in making a direct impact.
  • A spirit of cooperation and generosity thrives here, which reflects the quality of life in the Quad Cities and at St. Ambrose.