Stroke, Brain injury, Birth injury, Accidents, Disease, Disability. Any of these can change a person's life in a single moment. But one thing will never change -- the desire to live fully and productively. That's where you, the Occupational Therapist, play a key role.

Master of Occupational Therapy Degree Program Information Sessions

The Department of Occupational Therapy will host an Information Session for the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program on the *first Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm in Room G 157 at Governors State University, followed by a tour of the library and labs.
*Please note that for a Wednesday that falls near or on a holiday, the next Info Session will be offered on the second Wednesday of the month at the same time, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and same location G-157

Application Period for Academic Year 2019-2020

Students are admitted once a year, with next classes beginning in Summer Session, 2020. Applications will only be accepted through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) via from July through October

Applicants are encouraged to contact Patricia Kalvelage at for questions pertaining to pre-requisites and admission.

Master of Occupational Therapy Degree Program

The Master of Occupational Therapy degree is an intensive, 102 credit hour program that provides students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills they need to become licensed, practicing members of the profession — and to help clients master the tasks of daily living.

The MOT places a strong emphasis on advocacy, communication, critical reasoning and lifelong learning — skills and activities that distinguish our graduates and empower them to become highly effective professionals.

An undergraduate degree is required for admission to the MOT program, though there is no requirement that the degree be in a specific major; however, there are course prerequisites that a student MUST meet before he or she will be admitted to the program. This includes the Orientation to Occupational Therapy course that is offered at Governors State University. 

The curriculum itself is sequential.

During the first year, coursework lays a strong foundation in the sciences, ethics, the processes of Occupational Therapy and professional development. Students gain a thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology, movement analysis and neuroscience.

Second year coursework builds on the first year’s foundational courses and teaches students to apply their skills in increasingly complex environments. Several clinical experiences are integrated into second year coursework, and students learn through case method learning and evidence-based research.

The final year is primarily fieldwork that bridges the theoretical with real-life practice.

Central throughout the curriculum is the concept of “Occupation.” Occupation includes all of the activities we perform in life — actions, tasks, activities, thinking and being. Our students are imbued with an understanding of “Occupation” that allows them to design and deliver the most effective interventions for their clients.


The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is WWW.ACOTEONLINE.ORG.

Graduates of the program are able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states, including Illinois, require licensure in order to practice; state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
American Occupational Therapy Association
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

MOT Program Outcomes 

To meet Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) standards, the 2016 pass rate data from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam, is available online at HTTPS://SECURE.NBCOT.ORG/DATA/SCHOOLSTATS.ASPX.

MOT Graduates NBCOT Exam Rate

Graduating Class:Year of Exam:# of Students:# Successful Pass:Percentage:
December 2015   201619  19100%
December 2016   20172929100%
December 2017   2018282796.4%
December 2018   201927in Process 
TOTAL   103in Process98.68%

The total number of graduates from the Governors State University Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2016 – 2017 – 2018 was 83, with an overall graduation rate of 96.5%. 

Graduation Year

Students Entering/Graduating
( Some students may graduate off cycle but are recorded here with their entry cohort)

Graduation Rate





The MOT students graduate in December of one calendar year and become eligible to take the NBCOT exam the following calendar year. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational therapy profession. 

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Master of Occupational Therapy Application Deadlines:

Students are admitted once a year, with classes beginning in Summer Session. Applications for Academic   will only be accepted through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) via from July through October 31.

 Master of Occupational Therapy Fact Sheet: 

Master of Occupational Therapy Mission, Vision and Values: