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Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies

Establish the foundation you need to become an occupational therapist.

Why Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies at Bay Path University?

The Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies/Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Bay Path is an intensive, 5-year program that combines a strong liberal arts foundation with professional courses in the theory and practice of occupational therapy.

Occupational therapists enable people of all ages living with injury, illness, or disability to do the things they want and need to do. This is achieved through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations), with the focus on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

The first three years of this program are at the undergraduate level and the last two at the graduate level. Students must meet specific program requirements to advance and continue in the MOT program. Students earn their BA in Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies after year 4, and their MOT after year 5.

Bay Path University’s Occupational Therapy graduates will be able 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).

At Bay Path University preconceived ideas are constantly challenged by topics and problems that do not have simplistic solutions. My classes are challenging, in the sense that I am required to think in ways that I am not normally accustomed to. The mix of students is very diverse, so our discussions bring out many different perspectives. It’s an amazing feeling to realize that with my degree I am going to have the opportunity to make a difference in the world, not just academically, but also as a volunteer in the global community." - Alina, Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies Major