Master of Occupational Therapy

Program Overview

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program consists of an integrated schedule of academic and fieldwork components that take place over a two-year period. The program usually begins in late August every year.

Academic courses utilize teaching and learning methods that include a combination of seminars, lectures, clinical skills laboratory sessions, case studies, tutorials, problem solving exercises, independent study, collaborative group work, and development of a professional portfolio.

Fieldwork is interspersed throughout the program and progresses from basic to advanced. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in a variety of practice settings.

Together, fieldwork and academics provide exposure to a variety of Occupational Therapy roles in a wide variety of settings allowing for the integration of theory and practice.

The first year of the program takes place over 40 weeks. It consists of:

  • 28 weeks (12 weeks and 16 weeks) of academic study and
  • 12 weeks (4 weeks and 8 weeks) of fieldwork experience.

The second year of the program takes place over 46 weeks. This includes:

  • 32 weeks (16 weeks and 16 weeks) of academic study and
  • 14 weeks (8 weeks and 6 weeks) of fieldwork experience.

NOTE: Some academic and fieldwork timelines may be revised due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Year 1

Human Determinants of Occupational Performance (OT 6100)
Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Theory (OT 6110)
Foundations of Health and Well-being (OT 6122)
Occupational Therapy Practice Skills 1 (OT 6130)
Professionalism and Enabling Occupation (OT 6142)
Fieldwork Preparation (OT 6190)
Basic Fieldwork (OT 6200)
Analysis of Occupation (OT 6300)
The Environment and Occupational Performance (OT 6310)
Health Conditions and Occupational Performance (OT 6320)
Occupational Therapy Practice Skills 2 (OT 6330)
Foundations of Evidence-informed Occupational Therapy (OT 6352)
Intermediate Fieldwork 1 (OT 6400)

Year 2

Professionalism & Leadership in Enabling Occupation 1 (OT 7542)
Occupational Therapy Process 1 (OT 7560)
Occupational Therapy Practice Skills 3 (OT 7572)
Intermediate Fieldwork 2 (OT 7600)
Professionalism & Leadership in Enabling Occupation 2 (OT 7742)
Critical Inquiry Research Project (OT 7752)
Occupational Therapy Process 2 (OT 7760)
Occupational Therapy Practice Skills 4 (OT 7772)
Advanced Fieldwork (OT 7800)

 The MOT Graduate

The goal of the Master of Occupational Therapy program is to develop self‐directed, competent, entry-level occupational therapists, who are leaders and advocates, prepared to work in current and evolving practice environments toward the improved health and well‐being of Manitobans, Canadians, and the global community.

The Graduate Profile

The MOT graduate is an entry‐level occupational therapist able to perform the roles and functions of the ‘competent occupational therapist’ as described in the Profile of Practice of Occupational Therapists in Canada (CAOT, 2012), and to meet the Essential Competencies of Practice for Occupational Therapists in Canada as defined by ACOTRO (2011).

The MOT graduate has knowledge related to the theories, concepts, and principles of occupation, occupational engagement, occupational justice, and occupational therapy. The MOT graduate employs a client‐centred, culturally safe approach and understands the importance and consequences of the interactions between people or collectives, their environment(s), and their occupations. The MOT graduate is a self‐directed, lifelong learner, who demonstrates reflecting, critical thinking, and problem-solving strategies. The graduate demonstrates leadership and advocacy skills and is capable of addressing complex and changing needs across various systems: social services, education, employment, justice, and health. The MOT graduate has an awareness of human rights issues locally and globally, recognizes and respects diversity, and works to facilitate an inclusive and equitable society. The MOT graduate takes responsibility for managing their practice effectively and efficiently (e.g., time and caseload management skills), for supervisory functions of students, support workers, or others, and for participating in quality improvement activities. The MOT graduate also takes responsibility for self‐appraisal of professional development needs, and is a critical consumer of research evidence, incorporating these into practice.

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