MOT Update:  

The MOT program is now closed to admission. The last MOT cohort will enter the program in June 2021.

Did you know? 

Loma Linda University’s MOT program is now 2 ½ years.  Students complete their coursework in two years and then enter 6 months of fieldwork. During the 6 months of fieldwork, students are working in settings such as acute care, hand therapy clinics, schools, and rehab centers. They are prepared to take their board exam and may begin working as an occupational therapist upon receiving certification.

Another exciting update is that we have submitted our Candidacy Application to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education to transition to an Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (EOTD) program. If approved, we will begin accepting applications in July 2021. The first EOTD cohort is anticipated to begin in Summer 2022.

Join us here at Loma Linda and be a part of a university dedicated to “Make Man Whole” and transform lives through occupation, advocacy, & service.

Program Information


Prerequisites for Admission

Loma Linda University's Occupational Therapy Master’s program requires a bachelor's degree before a student is eligible for acceptance.  

  • A previous B.A. or B.S. (any major)
  • Human Anatomy with lab*
  • Human Physiology with lab*
  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Statistics*
  • Medical Terminology
  • 40 hours of observation in Occupational Therapy settings.

Courses and observation hours may be in progress when submitting your application, but all academic requirements must be successfully completed by the December the application is submitted. *Please note: This program does not require a GRE score.  All transferring credits must be from an accredited institution.

Loma Linda University currently offers the following courses through its General Education Portal: Anatomy & Physiology, 1 year sequence with lab (AHCJ 250 & AHCJ 251); Developmental Psychology (PSYC 226); Medical Terminology (HCLS 241); Statistics (AHCJ 475).**

*The Prerequisites of human anatomy, human physiology, and statistics must have been taken within 5 years of application to our program. 

**Enrolling in general education courses at Loma Linda University will not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Start Date & Application Window

Mid-July through September 30, 2019 prior to the June start date. 

It is recommended applicants apply early on in the enrollment period to be considered for the next available class.  Applications must be complete in order to be reviewed and considered for acceptance.

Program Structure

Upon successful completion of the academic program and clinical rotations, the student is eligible to take the NBCOT certification exam. This exam is computer-based and is available throughout the year.

Class Scheduling

Students attend year around with traditional holidays off.  Students typically attend classes M-F during daytime hours.  Courses change on a quarterly basis and the class schedules change quarterly. The MOT program is primarily a “Face to Face” (F2F) program where students use the University’s Learning Management System, Canvas, to supplement the F2F learning experience. One core MOT class, Functional Neuroscience, is a distance education (DE) class offered online through Canvas and incorporates best practices in DE, such as having substantial interaction between faculty and students, and incorporating active learning opportunities. The University has a Canvas tutorial in the student’s application registration portal with instructions on how to use the Learning Management System. While in the program students may take occasional hybrid classes taught by other departments.

*Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic our class format has changed to ensure the safety of our students by following University, State, and CDC guidelines. We currently are completing lectures online and having F2F labs in small groups using personal protection equipment.

Clinical affiliations may require alternate scheduling which may include regular work hours.  Additional time is needed for studying, group projects and other homework outside of class.

Professional Registration

Upon satisfactory completion of the entry-level MOT degree—including completion of Level II fieldwork within twenty-four months following completion of academic preparation and upon recommendation of the faculty—the graduate is eligible to take the national certification examination administered by The National Board for Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). The board offers computerized examinations on demand throughout the year.

Many states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. The American Occupational Therapy Association provides recognition essential to the practice of occupational therapy in the United States and most foreign countries. Information about qualifying examinations can be obtained at the office of the department chair.

When the graduate applies to write the certification examination with the NBCOT, he/she will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felonies. Felony convictions may affect a candidate's ability to sit for the national certification examination or attain state licensure. For further information on these limitations, contact NBCOT at One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878; or telephone (301) 990-7979. Email: Graduates practicing in the state of California must acquire licensure from the California Board of Occupational Therapy. For further information, contact CBOT at (916) 263-2294; E-mail The office address is 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2250, Sacramento, CA 95815.