Jun 19, 2018  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Occupational Therapy


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The Department of Occupational Therapy offers an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. 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, c/o Accreditation Department, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, www.acoteonline.org, phone 301 652-AOTA, www.aota.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for the Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) located at 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150, phone 301 990-7979, www.nbcot.org. Upon successful completion of this exam (and meeting all other NBCOT application requirements), the individual is able to hold the title of occupational therapist, registered (OTR). Most states have specific additional credentialing requirements (e.g., licensure, registration) in order to legally practice in that state. All state credentialing bodies require a passing score on the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is a health-care profession that uses occupation, or meaningful activity, to help people lead productive and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists form a dynamic and collaborative partnership with service recipients in order to support their maximal participation in societal roles. The uniqueness of occupational therapy lies in the recognition and appreciation of the importance of day-to-day occupations that are used to positively influence ones health and well-being. People of all ages who have difficulty performing daily activities due to physical, psychological, emotional, or developmental problems can benefit from occupational therapy services on an individual basis or as members of a group or community.

Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury and the concomitant benefits of engagement in occupation. Occupational therapists need to be people-focused as well as art- and science-oriented. They must be well-educated in the functions of mind, body, and spirit.

Departmental Admission Requirements

To apply to the MOT program, a student must first obtain a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s degree may be obtained from Xavier in which case a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) with Human Occupation Studies (HOCS) concentration is offered. A bachelor’s degree may be obtained from another accredited university in which case entry to the MOT program requires completion of all pre-MOT requirements. Admission to the HOCS courses is open to all Xavier students who meet enrollment criteria and enrollment is limited. Admission to the MOT program occurs only when all admission criteria are met.

See BLA-to-MOT Admission Information to reference all the admission requirements for students obtaining a BLA degree from Xavier.

See PRe-MOT-to-MOT Admission Information to reference all the admission requirements for students who have a bachelor’s degree from another accredited university.

BLA to MOT Admission Information

Occupational therapy is a rewarding and satisfying career that requires a high level of skills and expertise.  See the list of Essential Functions for Coursework & Fieldwork on the department’s website that details the performance abilities and characteristics necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the MOT program.

Bachelor of Liberal Arts Admission

Students may apply online or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission

Phone: 513-745-3301
E-mail: xuadmit@xavier.edu

 

Freshman Admission

For Fall Semester

Due to limited space, admission to the Occupational Therapy (OT) Program is competitive.  Students may receive two admission decisions; one for undergraduate admission to Xavier and one for the OT major.  Selected students will be directly admitted to the OT Program, but some applicants will be wait listed.  Wait listed students will be admitted to Xavier University but not the Occupational Therapy Program.  Wait listed students will be notified no later than July 1, if they are admitted to the program.  Applicants admitted to Occupational Therapy and depositing on or before May 1, will have secured a spot in occupational therapy as a major.

Any student wishing to be considered for admission to the occupational therapy program must indicate occupational therapy as their major of choice on their application for admission and apply by February 1.

Strong candidates for acceptance to the major will typically meet and/or exceed the criteria below.  Please note that meeting the following criteria will make a student a strong candidate, but does not guarantee admission to the program.

  • 3.000 or higher GPA and
  • 1100 or higher SAT score or 24 or higher ACT score
  • Completion of 40 required hours of volunteer/work experience documented on approved form (20 hours prior to acceptance; additional 20 hours prior to first day of classes.)
  • Contact with Department Occupational Therapy representative.  The Department of Occupational Therapy will hold informational meetings each semester, see website for specific dates.

Students wishing to have their major changed to Occupational Therapy after being admitted to another major at Xavier my be considered for admission separately to the program and will be admitted to the program on a space available basis.

Volunteer/Work Experience

Documented exposure to the field of occupational therapy is accomplished through volunteer or paid work experience in an occupational therapy practice setting, Completion of 20 hours at one site with one practitioner prior to acceptance to Xavier and an additional 20 hours at a different site with a different practitioner prior to beginning of classes on first day of freshman year is required for a total of 40 hours.  Documentation must be on the Recommendation and Verification of Volunteer/Work Experience in Occupational Therapy Clinic or Work Setting forms.  Only two forms will be accepted; additional forms will not be considered.  The forms must be completed by a fully credentialed occupational therapy practitioner who supervised the student and must be submitted on the original forms.  The supervisor may not be a relative, personal friend or acquaintance.  Photocopies of completed forms will not be accepted.  Forms must be sent directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Human Occupational Studies Concentration (HOCS) Admission

Registration for the HOCS courses is approved by the department of occupational therapy and is normally determined by the following criteria:

  • Evidence of completion or in progress of all semester hours for BLA degree or a non-OT Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Completion of criminal background check by end of first HOCS semester.

Notice:  Typically all slots become filled and a wait list is activated by ranked GPA.  Any student who begins the HOCS and/or MOCT courses and does not continue sequentially will be placed at the bottom of a wait list should one occur at time of placement. If slots are limited, ranked GPA will determine continuation.  Students are allowed only one such instance of “dropping back” one cohort year.

Master in Occupational Therapy Admission

Applicant eligibility is normally determined by the following minimum criteria.  Given program caps, meeting the following criteria offers admission into the MOT program.  All criteria must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Services (513-745-3360; xugrad@xavier.edu).  Applications are due June 1 following completion of the first year of HOCS courses.

  • Graduate program admission form.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college or university work.
  • Evidence of completion or in progress of all semester hours for the BLA degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Evidence of successful completion (grade of “C” or higher) or in progress of all prerequisite courses with no more than two “C’s” (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Rhetoric, Statistics I and II, Physics, Developmental Psychology, Bioethics, Kinesiology, Neuroscience, and all HOCS courses).
  • Official test scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), with a minimum average of 33 percent across all GRE sections (verbal reasoninng, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing).
  • Reflective analysis essay related to the 40 hours of volunteer experience.
  • Personal interview, evaluation and completion of on-site writing sample may be required.

Other Requirements

Upon acceptance into the MOT program, students are required to complete all graduate courses (MOCT courses) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Student membership into the American Occupation Therapy Association (AOTA) is also required. The mission of the AOTA “advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education and research on behalf of its members and the public” (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2000).

Prior to beginning Level I and Level II Fieldwork, students must show evidence of malpractice liability insurance ($2,000,000/$4,000,000). Liability insurance is mandatory and provided through the University, and the University has negotiated a favorable group rate for occupational therapy students. Students are billed through the University when they register for courses that include a fieldwork or community experience. All students must also complete an annual Criminal Background Check.  All students also must have current CPR certification; hepatitis B immunization; measles, mumps, and rubella immunizations; an annual tuberculosis test; annual history and physical exam; annual Universal Precautions and HIPPA training; and criminal background check in order to participate in all fieldwork experiences. Level II Fieldwork courses must be completed within 12 months of the academic coursework on campus. Additionally, students may be required to obtain a seasonal influenza immunization and/or drug screen prior to participation in a speicifc fieldwork site.

Note:  A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.  Additionally, a felony conviction may limit or preclude participation in certain Level I and Level II fieldwork sites, or required community-based activities for HOCS and MOCT courses.

Pre-MOT to MOT Admission Information

NOTE:  Currently there is a three year wait for this PMOT to MOT admissions point pf entry.

Occupational therapy is a rewarding and satisfying career that required a high level of skill and expertise.  See the list of Essential Functions for Coursework & Fieldwork on the department’s website that details the performance abilities and characteristics necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the MOT program.

Pre-Master in Occupational Therapy Admission

Pre-MOT students apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office, but should contact the Occupational Therapy department prior to applying.

Phone: 513-745-3150

The following must be submitted for admission:

  • A completed pre-MOT application.
  • Official copies of all college transcripts.

Human Occupation Studies Concentration (HOCS)

Admission to the HOCS courses is open to all Xavier students who meet program criteria and enrollment is limited.  Registration for the HOCS courses is approved by the Department of Occupational Therapy and is normally determined by the following criteria:

Volunteer/Work Experience

  • Evidence of completion or in progress of all semester hours for BLA degree or a non-OT Bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Completion of all 40 of the 40 HOCS required hours of volunteer/work experience prior to the first day of classes (hours must be documented on approved form as described below).
  • Evidence of meeting with representative of occupational therapy department.
  • Completion of criminal background check by end of first HOCS semester.

Documented exposure to the field of occupational therapy is accomplished though volunteer or paid work experience in an occupational therapy practice setting.  Completion of 20 hours at one site and an additional 20 hours at a different site for a total of 40 hours is required prior to entrance to HOCS courses. Documentation must be on the Recommendation and Verification of Volunteer/Work Experience in Occupational Therapy Clinic or Work Setting forms.  Only two forms will be accepted, additional forms will not be considered.  These forms must be completed by a fully credentialed occupational therapy practitioner who supervised the student and must be submitted on the original forms.  The supervisor may not be a relative, personal friend or acquaintance of the student.  Photocopies of completed forms will not be accepted.  Original forms must be sent directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Notice: Typically all slots become filled and a wait list is activated by ranked GPA.  Any students who begins the HOCS and/or MOT courses and does not continue sequentially will be placed at the bottom of a wait list should one occur at time of placement.  If slots are limited, ranked GPA will determine continuation.  Students are allowed only one such instance of “dropping back” one cohort year.

Master of Occupational Therapy Admission

Applicant eligibility is normally determined by the following minimum criteria.  Meeting the following criteria offers admission into the MOT program.  All criteria must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Services (513-745-3360; xugrad@xavier.edu).  Applications are due June 1 following completion of the first year of HOCS courses.

  • Graduate program admission form.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college or university work.
  • Evidence of completion or in progress of all semester hours for the BLA degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Evidence of successful completion (grade of “C” or higher) or in progress of all prerequisite courses with no more than two “C’s” (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Rhetoric, Statistics I and II, Physics, Developmental Psychology, Bioethics, Kinesiology, Neuroscience, and all HOCS courses).
  • Official test scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), with a minimum average of 33 percent across all GRE sections (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing).
  • Reflective analysis essay related to the 40 hours of volunteer experience.
  • Personal interview, evaluation and completion of on-site writing sample may be required. 

Other Requirements

Upon acceptance into the MOT program, students are required to complete all graduate courses (MOCT courses) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Student membership into the American Occupation Therapy Association (AOTA) is also required. The mission of the AOTA “advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education and research on behalf of its members and the public” (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2000).

Prior to beginning Level I and Level II Fieldwork, students must show evidence of malpractice liability insurance ($2,000,000/$4,000,000). Liability insurance is mandatory and provided through the University, and the University has negotiated a favorable group rate for occupational therapy students. Students are billed through the University when they register for courses that include a fieldwork or community experience. All students must also complete an annual Criminal Background Check.  All students also must have current CPR certification; hepatitis B immunization; measles, mumps, and rubella immunizations; an annual tuberculosis test; annual history and physical exam; annual Universal Precautions and HIPPA training; and criminal background check in order to participate in all fieldwork experiences. Level II Fieldwork courses must be completed within 12 months of the academic coursework on campus. Additionally, students may be required to obtain a seasonal influenza immunization and/or drug screen prior to participation in a specific fieldwork site.

Note:  A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.  Additionally, a felony conviction may limit or preclude participation in certain Level I and Level II fieldwork sites, or required community-based activities for HOCS and MOCT courses.

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