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OTA to MOT Bridge Program (Master of Occupational Therapy)


MOT Course Information

The OTA to MOT program is a 2.5 year combination online/onsite program. Students can expect to meet on-campus each semester for face-to-face learning. Applicants to the OTA to MOT bridge program must be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), have obtained a bachelor’s degree, and have met the pre-requisites prior to application to the program.

If you are looking for a bachelor’s degree, ULM offers many online degrees through the GOLD program at ulm.edu/onlinedegrees

Applications must be submitted to the Occupational Therapy Department, located in Caldwell 111 (ULM Campus Map), no later than March 1 before 12:00 noon.

If March 1 falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date will be 12:00 noon on the last school day prior to March 1.


Application Requirements

Application Portfolio must be spiral or comb-bound and include:

Please make your check payable to ULM Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Do NOT put the check in your portfolio. We can NOT accept the checks. Put the RECEIPT in your portfolio. LA Capitol FCU will deposit the application fee into the Master of Occupational Therapy's account and will mail two receipts to you. Please send one of these receipts in with your application to the Master of Occupational Therapy Program in your portfolio and retain one for your records.

*Other than your letters of reference, please DO NOT put any pages into page protectors or "sleeves".

Additional Prerequisites


Admissions Information

Applicants to the OTA to MOT bridge program must be certified as Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) with a minimum of one-year experience or 1,000 hours as a practicing COTA.

Applicants must maintain a minimum of 20 hours/month client contact throughout the program. Applicants also must have completed the following in order to be considered for admission:

  1. Minimum GRE Verbal score of 143 and minimum GRE Quantitative score of 138, with a minimum combined score of 283
  2. Minimum Formula Score : GRE X GPA of 778.25
  3. minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale)

Note: MOT program admission requirements include minimum GPA is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 30 hours



Pre-Requisite Needed Notes
Human Anatomy* with Lab
Human Physiology*
* If courses are listed as combined Anatomy and Physiology courses, both of the accompanying laboratories must be taken, e.g. Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) I plus lab and A&P II plus lab.
Statistics A statistics course from a math department or psychology department can be used to meet this requirement. (ULM OTA graduates would have already met this requirement)
Human Growth & Development A development course in any discipline can be used for Human Growth and Development as long as it covers the life span. (ULM OTA graduates would have already met this requirement)
Introduction to Psychology ULM OTA graduates would have already met this requirement
Abnormal Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology or Introductory Anthropology Either Introduction to Sociology or Introduction to Anthropology must be taken to meet this requirement. (ULM OTA graduates would have already met this requirement)
Conditions in Occupational Therapy Practice Developmental, Adult, and Mental Health Pathology course of conditions commonly seen in occupational therapy practice. (ULM OTA graduates would have already met this requirement)


Progression in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program

  • Students accepted into the MOT program are required to fulfill the immunization requirements of the ULM Student Health Center.
  • The student has two academic years to successfully complete the didactic coursework of the program. A student who fails to do so will be required to appear before The University of Louisiana at Monroe Occupational Therapy Academic Performance Committee for a hearing to determine continuation in the program.
  • Students must register for and complete the courses concurrently each semester. If a student does not successfully complete one or more courses, the students must repeat the full semester of concurrent courses. Courses cannot be taken out of sequence. Prior to Level II Fieldwork, each semester consists of four 3-credit required courses that must be successfully completed to progress to the next semester.
  • Completion of all Level II Fieldwork experiences must be no later than 18 months following completion of the academic course work.  Every effort will be made to have the student complete the fieldwork experiences immediately following the completion of the didactic portion of the curriculum.
  • The student must complete all required didactic occupational therapy courses with no grade lower than ‘C’ and not more than six semester hours of credit with a grade of ‘C’.
  • A minimum cumulative, uncorrected GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale is required for continued enrollment.
  • The student must observe all prerequisites in the sequential pursuance of courses leading to a Master of Occupational Therapy degree.
  • Before going on Level II Fieldwork clinical affiliations, students must have a minimum cumulative, uncorrected grade point average of at least 3.000.
  • The Academic Performance Committee has the right and responsibility to impose sanctions on a student who is not in compliance with ethical, professional behavior or patient welfare guidelines of the program after following due process guidelines of the program. Sanctions can include dismissal from a course with a grade of "F" and may result in permanent dismissal from the program.
  • A student who does not receive a grade of "C" or better on any Level II Fieldwork placement shall be dismissed from the program. Students must complete all Level II Fieldwork requirements within 18 months following the completion of occupational therapy content courses.
  • Students who fail to successfully meet all MOT requirements, including Level II Fieldwork, will be dismissed from the program. Students may request to appear before the Academic Performance Committee to determine conditions which might allow continuation in the program.
  • A Professional Development Assessment will be completed at midterm and during finals each semester. Students must earn a score of 69/76 to remain and progress in the program. For EACH area in which you score less than a “2”, you must set a goal and develop an action plan.


If you have any questions regarding application requirements and timelines, please contact Dr. Patti Calk (calk@ulm.edu) or Dr. Carolyn Murphy (cmurphy@ulm.edu) in the Occupational Therapy Department or your advisor in the Student Success Center.