Master of Occupational Therapy Degree Guide

If you’re ready to start a successful and meaningful occupational therapy career, Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) has the program for you.

The Master of Occupational Therapy is for students with a bachelor’s degree interested in providing effective and compassionate care to patients.

Coursework can be completed in 24 months, preparing you to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.

Ready to find out more about NMC’s MOT program? 

Inside the guide:

Admissions criteria and requirements.

  • Application process.
  • Plan of study.
  • Financial aid options.

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Master of Occupational Therapy Degree Guide

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) provides classroom learning, research assignments, lab work and clinical experience in a hybrid format of on-campus and online instruction.

Graduates prepare to assume careers as competent occupational therapists and healthcare leaders. Once you earn your master’s degree, you’ll be able to work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private clinics, patients’ homes and various types of emerging practice areas.

The median annual salary for occupational therapists was $85,570 in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 14% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. 


Online & In-Classroom

Virtual and in-classroom learning with hands-on laboratory experiences, collaborative research engagement and off-campus fieldwork.

24 Month Program

Recieve your Master of Occupational Therapy in our six-semester, 24 month program.

Skiller and Critical Thinking

The program will provide graduates with the technical background, therapeutic interaction skills and critical thinking needed for the field.

Board Certification

Graduates of the program can take the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) exam.

Additional Certifications

Earn additional certifications, a Post-Professional Occupation Therapy Doctorate or an Education and Leadership in Healthcare Doctorate.

Salary Expectations

The median annual salary for occupational therapists was $85,570 in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (or higher) in a related field from an accredited university or college.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 with a minimum math/science GPA of 3.25.
  • Fulfillment of program technical standards.
  • No GRE is required for admission.

Application Process

To be considered for admission, students must submit the following items to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS):
  • Admissions essay.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Resume. 
  • Observation hours are not required but highly recommended.

Select qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview.

We strongly suggest you begin working on your application as early as possible and submit it no later than two to three weeks before the deadline. This will allow time for OTCAS to verify transcripts and other submitted documents.

Application Deadlines

The occupational therapy program begins in the fall term. Completed applications are reviewed after the priority deadline and standard deadline. Refer to our website for updated deadline information.

A limited number of seats are available in the cohort, and seats will be extended to admitted applicants on a rolling basis until the cohort is full.


Prerequisites do not need to be completed at the time of application, but must be finished prior to the fall start date. It is preferred, but not required, that applicants have no more than three incomplete or in-progress prerequisites at the time of application.

Required Math and Science Courses:

  • Human anatomy with lab (or combined human anatomy and physiology I and II with labs).
  • Physiology with lab (or combined human anatomy and physiology I and II with labs).
  • One course of biology or physical science with a lab.
  • Statistics.
  • One course of kinesiology or biomechanics.

Required Psychology and Social Sciences:

  • Three psychology courses (must include general, developmental/lifespan and abnormal psychology).
  • Sociology or anthropology.
  • Speaking, speech or communication course.

Required General Courses:

  • Medical terminology.
  • Ethics, theology or philosophy.


A student must earn a minimum of 88 credit hours to be eligible for a Master of Occupational Therapy degree. 


Plan of Study


First Year - First Semester (18 Credit Hours)

Course / Credits

OTH 500 Foundations in Occupational Therapy 3

OTH/SCI 505 Advanced Anatomy and Applied Physiology + Lab 4

OTH 520 Evidence-Based Practice for Community-Based Practice + Lab 3

OTH 529 Level 1A Fieldwork: Community-Based Health and Wellness 2

OTH 530 Therapeutic Measurement + Lab 3

OTH 580 Clinical Conditions and Pathology 3


First Year - Second Semester

Course / Credits

OTH 590 Strategies for Practice Success 2

OTH 515 Evidence-Based Practice for Psychosocial Dysfunction + Lab 3

OTH 539 Level 1B Fieldwork: Community-Based Mental Health 2

OTH 585 Evidence-Based Practice in Neurorehabilitation + Lab 4

OTH 630 Research in Occupational Therapy 3

OTH 610 Evidence-Based Practice for Productive Aging + Lab 4


First Year - Summer Semester

OTH 540 Contemporary and Emerging Practice 2

OTH 640 Critical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy 2

OTH 628 Level 1C Fieldwork: Adult/Elderly Populations 1

OTH 635 Research Capstone 1 2

OTH 660 Assistive Technology and Environmental Modifications 2

OTH 730 Orthotics, Prosthetics and Physical Agent Modalities + Lab 2


Second Year - First Semester

OTH 650 Evidence-Based Practice for Medical Model Practice + Lab 4

OTH 620 Evidence-Based Practice for Children and Youth + Lab 4

OTh 629 Level 1D Fieldwork: Children and Youth Populations 1

OTH 735 Research Capstone II 2

OTH 740 Leadership and Management in Occupational Therapy Practice Settings 3

OTH 750 Occupational Therapy Practice Competencies 3


Second Year - Second Semester

OTH 780 Level IIA Fieldwork 12


Second Year - Summer Semester 


OTH 785 Level IIB Fieldwork 12


Total: 88 credit hours

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in federal and private loans, scholarships, grants and work-study to those who qualify. Many of our students also use tuition assistance programs through their employers. Complete a FAFSA online.

For graduate students, NMC has scholarships that can help pay college tuition, fees and other expenses. Visit our scholarships page to see which options are available to you.We package financial aid on an ongoing basis, so review our cost of attendance and financial aid processes to see how simple applying for financial assistance can be.


A History in Healthcare

For more than 130 years, Nebraska Methodist College has been training and educating allied health professionals. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

You can schedule a personalized visit at NMC, virtually or on campus. You’ll meet one-on-one with an admissions coordinator and ask any questions you may have.

“I chose NMC because they had a program that I could complete in 12 months to obtain my registered nurse license. Another thing that set them apart from other colleges was that they had a very high NCLEX pass rate…The faculty that I have encountered have been great to me. I have learned an enormous amount of knowledge from my professors that I will take with me throughout my career.” - Nina E.

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Nebraska Methodist College offers a variety of academic programs in the fastest-growing, most in-demand fields in healthcare. Additionally, the College is affiliated with one of the largest healthcare systems in the state. Faculty and staff understand firsthand the realities of the healthcare system and the needs of the healthcare industry today.

For more than 125 years, Nebraska Methodist College has been training and educating allied health professionals. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.