A Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree prepares an individual for employment in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, intermediate care facilities, community mental health programs, private practice, home health agencies, or educational settings. Occupational therapists work with clients who have physical, psychological, or developmental problems and assist these clients in restoring basic function, developing independence, and/or adjusting to disabilities.
Minimum Total Credit Hours: 186
Students planning to pursue a MOT degree in Mississippi may apply to the professional program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson. UMMC is the only school in the state that offers the professional degree in occupational therapy. As part of the application, the student must complete a minimum of 72 hours of required course work, such as the pre-occupational therapy curriculum offered by the College of Liberal Arts on the Oxford campus. The prerequisite course work is not a degree, and completion does not guarantee admission to the MOT program. If desired, students can apply the MOT prerequisites to a degree in another major. For more information and the specific MOT application requirements, please visit the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Health Related Professions homepage at http://www.umc.edu/shrp/.