Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy

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Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy

Learn from leaders in the field.

Our nationally-ranked program combines science with the liberal arts to prepare you for a rewarding occupational therapy career.

Find your purpose helping others lead fuller lives.

Recognized as scholars and leaders in occupational therapy education for over 75 years, St. Catherine University provides the Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (MAOT) program as one of two pathways to an entry level degree in occupational therapy. In addition, our network of occupational therapy alumni and former university leaders includes three AOTA past presidents.

The graduate OT occupation-based curriculum is interwoven with the University's liberal arts education, and provides you with a foundation in four major populations and practice areas, pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, and rehabilitation. You will develop clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and ethical practice skills with an emphasis on occupational and social justice to serve diverse individual, group, and population health needs. 

Opportunities for fieldwork in diverse communities allow you to deepen your understanding of the social determinants of health and their impacts on various populations, practice cultural fluency skills, and share caring strategies to improve lives locally and globally.

Graduates can expect to:

  • Evaluate personal, environmental, and contextual factors that support or impact occupational performance and/or participation

  • Develop and implement intervention plans to address the occupational performance and/or participation or persons, groups and populations

  • Lead, influence, and advocate for system and practice change to promote health and wellness outcomes for diverse populations

The curriculum is offered in a weekday format with on-campus classes and extensive fieldwork, and can be completed in a little as 2 1/2 years. The program is open to students of all genders.

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