Master of Occupational Therapy

The Master of Occupational Therapy prepares students to enter practice in the profession of occupational therapy. Students are prepared as generalists; however, a strong foundation allows for future specialization after graduation. The 73 minimum credit-hour curriculum is completed in two years of full-time academic work plus six months of full-time fieldwork.

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The following outcome objectives are expected upon completion of the entry-level occupational therapy curriculum. These outcomes arise directly from the missions of the university and the entry-level program, as well as from the program’s philosophical base.

Graduates of the UIndy MOT program will be able to:

Outcome I: Demonstrate entry-level knowledge and skills, including foundational knowledge in core sciences, for practice as an occupational therapist in existing and emerging practice areas.

Outcome II: Apply critical thinking and evidence-based practice principles, grounded in theories of occupation, to influence the health and well being of consumers across populations.

Outcome III: Demonstrate professional development and continuing competence through reflective practice and lifelong learning. 

Outcome IV: Demonstrate holistic and client-centered practice that reflects values consistent with the occupational therapy profession. 

Outcome V: Use leadership and advocacy skills in professional practice.

The mission of the Master of Occupational Therapy program within the School of Occupational Therapy is to develop caring and competent occupational therapy practitioners who are lifelong learners and leaders within local and global communities. Our students evolve into practitioners who link education, research, and practice as critical thinkers, who apply evidence and uphold high standards of professionalism. Learning opportunities within the curriculum enable students to become practitioners in both existing and emerging practice areas. Our graduates influence the health and well-being of consumers across diverse populations by facilitating engagement and participation in valued occupations.


Upon satisfactory completion of the curriculum, including level II fieldwork, students are awarded the Master of Occupational Therapy and are eligible to take the certification examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Successful completion of this examination leads to certification as an occupational therapist and to the title "Occupational Therapist, Registered" (OTR).

Additionally, individual state regulations must be met for the OTR to practice. Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. When applying for state licensure, certification, or registration, a criminal history background check is conducted by the state occupational licensing agency.
A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

University of Indianapolis' NBCOT Pass Rate

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

National Board for Certification in Occupational Program Results

Calendar Year
(January - December)
2013 2012 2011 3 year Aggregate
Total Number of Graduates* 53 52 55 53.33
Total # Eligible 53 29 & 59 # 47
First Time New Graduate (FTNG) Results
Total number of 1st time test takers who passed 51 28 56 45.00
Percent of 1st time test takers that passed 96% 96% 95% 95.73%
Number of failing students (1st Attempt) 2 1 3 2.00
Percent of failing students 3.77% 3.45% 5% 4.07%
Total Passing
Total Number Passed from previous year class ** 53 54 54 53.67
Total Percent Passed ** 100% 98% 100% 99.33%
National Average
National Average Percent of 1st time test takers that passed (NBCOT Data) 84% 85% 84% 84.33%
Percent above National Average 12% 11% 11% 11.33%

*Students completing in December are eligible for the NBCOT examination in January of the following year
**Includes 1st time test takers and those who required repeat
# Includes Class of 10/2010 & 10/2011
& Includes Class of 10/2011
Class of 12/2012 will reflect in 2013 Scoring


The University of Indianapolis Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-AOTA (2682)