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Occupational Therapy

Advanced Occupational Therapy Online

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Advanced Degree Program - Distance Education

The Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Studies (AMOT) is a post-professional degree program for those already holding an entry-level, professional degree (Bachelors or Masters) in Occupational Therapy. Designed for practicing occupational therapists interested in continuing, advanced education in occupational therapy, the program allows the working clinician to build upon existing experience, strengthen academic foundations, improve clinical reasoning and critical analysis skills, and increase the ability to practice in varied clinical and administrative settings.

If you have searched occupational therapy colleges looking for a program that balances your busy schedule with contiuing your education in occupational therapy, ASHS is the right place for you. Offered via an online distance education format, the AMOT Program allows working professionals to complete their didactic studies at their convenience in the place of their choice – including the comfort of their homes. The program fosters valuable interaction among students and faculty by providing access to a virtual community of practicing occupational therapists from across the country and around the globe.

Although AMOT faculty and students “meet” in online classroom environments, clinical (practice related) experiences are required to complete several of the core “Professional Practice” courses (see below). AMOT students are able and encouraged to use their current practice settings to meet this requirement. In the event that a student is not employed/practicing at the time of a particular course requiring a clinical experience, the student is responsible for identifying and gaining access to a clinical practice setting applicable to the assignments required in the course.


The program requires a minimum of 42 quarter credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. The program is designed to meet the needs of working therapists and on average can be completed in two years. The program of study is divided into four areas:

  1. Professional Practice (9 credits required)
  2. Critical Inquiry (12 credits required)
  3. Electives (12 credits)
  4. Capstone Experience (9 credits)