OTs Rooted in Christ, Changing Communities

The OT program at Concordia University Wisconsin prepares students to obtain employment in a variety of settings. The didactic coursework, community-based experiences, and clinical education come together to prepare students as entry-level occupational therapists. Students participate in clinical experiences which include individual and group treatment sessions in pediatric and adult populations. At CUW, we prepare uncommon OTs who are ready to serve their communities and clients.

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  • Accelerated
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  • Post-Baccalaureate
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Program Overview

Our goal is to prepare you as an outstanding occupational therapist, who will positively impact communities by empowering others to reach their highest potential through leadership, best practice, advocacy, and innovation. We emphasize the importance of serving all clients with the best care possible. You’ll develop the skills necessary to enable people (persons, groups, or populations) to do their day-to-day occupations for the purpose of improving or enabling participation. (OTPF-4, 2020) By combining classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinic-based instruction, our courses train you for a wide range of occupational therapy settings.

Through our program you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate advocacy skills to be an effective change-maker in surrounding communities
  • Use best practice for the evaluation, intervention, and measurement of outcomes for individuals or communities
  • Effectively and efficiently solve occupation-based problems
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate in a variety of communities

Students in the MOT program will have the opportunity to explore the entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTDe) degree. At the conclusion of the second semester, students will be given the choice to continue in the MOT program or declare interest in the OTDe program. MOT students who declare interest in the OTDe will be evaluated by OT faculty to determine eligibility to enroll in OTDe coursework. OTDe coursework requires a higher level of thinking and commitment, as well additional curricular requirements as outlined in the curriculum. 

ACCREDITATION

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATIONS

The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Program data specific to the MOT program at Concordia University Wisconsin on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam can be found here. The OTDe program has not had a graduating class yet, thus there will be no data for the OTDe program available yet.

What to Expect

Our occupational therapy curriculum offers you exposure to many real-world scenarios that will test your knowledge. You’ll have multiple opportunities for client contact, ranging from children to older adults, school systems to factories, and acute care to community wellness programs. Some of these experiences are clinical fieldwork placements, while others are client evaluation and consultation in a classroom or community setting. In your first year, you’ll begin working with clients in the community to put theory into practice.

This is a full time graduate professional program taught in a blended format. Students interact with their classmates and professors online before and after in person classes, which focus on active learning and/or lab activities. Students enroll in one of three tracks, as determined by their educational background:

  1. Accelerated
    1. Students starting as a freshman at CUW looking to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in 4.5 years
  2. Bridge
    1. COTAs looking to further their education and opportunities as an OTR
  3. Post-baccalaureate
    1. Applicants holding a bachelor's degree

Students should expect to pay the tuition and fees as noted on the Tuition & Fees tab.

Licensure / Certifications
This program prepares students for the NBCOT certification exam to practice as an occupational therapist. Each state has its own licensure/certification requirements.
Locations

In addition to our main and online campuses, Concordia has center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is available at the following:

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