Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online

Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online

Post-Professional Degree Program

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (AMOT) Program advances students in their occupational therapy practice, making a difference in their professional development as well as in the lives of the people they impact. Offered through ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, this post-professional Masters degree program in Occupational Therapy is designed for practicing occupational therapists already holding an entry-level degree in occupational therapy. The AMOT Program can be completed entirely online providing optimal flexibility to accommodate busy schedules.

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Program of Study

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Post-Professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree requires a minimum of 42 quarter credit hours. The AMOT Program’s flexible design makes it possible to complete the degree in two years, on average. The program of study is divided into four areas:

  • Professional Practice (9 credits required)
  • Critical Inquiry (12 credits required)
  • Electives (12 credits)
  • Capstone Experience (9 credits)

Through the Arizona School of Health Science’s AMOT degree program, working professionals have the freedom to complete their didactic studies at their convenience in the place of their choice – including the comfort of their homes. They also have the added convenience of a year-round academic calendar on the quarter system, providing more opportunities to complete coursework not only during the fall, winter and spring quarters (12 weeks each) but also during the summer quarter (6-8 weeks).

ATSU’s post-professional AMOT 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. Connecting with a virtual community of one’s professional peers paves the way for collaboration and empowers AMOT students and alumni to further build their professional networks.

Although faculty and students “meet” in online classroom environments, clinical (practice related) experiences are required to complete several of the core “Professional Practice” courses. AMOT students are 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.

AMOT Program requirements also include completion of a Capstone Project designed to promote students’ development of practice-based scholarship. Through a series of three Capstone courses students have the opportunity to develop, implement and document a project related to their professional interests while participating in this experience along with a cohort group of their peers and the tutelage and support of faculty.

With a strong practice-based curriculum and built-in support throughout the program of study, ATSU’s Advanced Master of Occupational Therapy Online Program empowers its students and alumni to become advanced evidence-based practitioners who are more competitive and current in practice standards.

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AMOT graduates will impact lives and gain the career edge with a renewed confidence in their abilities, knowledge, and comfort with current trends, while enhancing their profession with the support of a top health sciences university.


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    • Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

      A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 S. LaSalle Street; Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604, Phone: 800.621.7440.

      Degree-granting authority for ASHS has been given by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 West Washington Rd., Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Phone: 602.542.5709.

  • Career Advancement+

    • ATSU’s AMOT 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.

Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online Degree Faculty

Throughout ATSU’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (AMOT) Program, the faculty foster peer connections and provide superior levels of support.

Dedicated to your success, faculty members provide expert online instruction to AMOT degree students. Interaction with a variety of instructors offers students exposure to a variety of teaching styles, healthcare- and education-related backgrounds and experiences that contribute to a well-rounded education fostering personal and professional growth.

  • Dean +

      • Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA

        Dr. Danielsen is Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, PA educator, author, and editor. He received his BS in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as Dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

        Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.

        Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Review. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.

  • Vice Dean +

      • Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD

        Dr. Burch is Vice Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the School under the direction of the Dean. In addition, she leads several University or School wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean’s absence.

        Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University.

        Dr. Burch received her BA is in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Program Director +

      • Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L
        Professor and Director
        Online Post-Professional Programs
        Department of Occupational Therapy

        Dr. Mineo has been an ATSU faculty member since 2005. She has extensive clinical experience in the areas of early intervention and developmental disabilities. She received her PhD in Media Ecology from the Department of Culture and Communication from New York University School of Education. She received her Masters in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research, and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association Academic Leadership Council and a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Mentor. She has completed coach training with Erickson College and participated in a Courage to Lead Program (based upon the work of Parker Palmer). Her research interests are in the area of teaching, on-line education, and health promotion and wellness.

        Administrative Contact
        Michelle A. Zacofsky, B.A.
        Administrative Coordinator
        Department of Occupational Therapy
        Office: 480.219.6070

  • Program Administration +

      • Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L
        Professor and Director, Online Post-Professional Programs, Department of Occupational Therapy
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Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online Degree Admissions

  • Requirements +

    • Application requirements for the Advanced Master of Occupational Therapy degree online program include:

      1. Initial certification as an Occupational Therapist from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. International applicants are eligible to apply, but must show proof of certification or eligibility to practice as an occupational therapist that is equivalent to OT certification and licensure in the United States and have earned an OT degree from an OT Program recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy.
      2. A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants who have graduated from a non-US college or university must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency and must have foreign transcripts evaluated by an evaluation service specializing in foreign transcript evaluation. The evaluation must state that the transcript(s) reflect an equivalency of a U.S. degree.
      3. Minimum overall undergraduate 2.75 GPA and minimum Occupational Therapy Program 2.75 GPA on a 4.00 scale.
      4. Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended.
      5. No GRE is required.
      6. Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:

      Option 1 - English is your first language.

      Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS).

      Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores from International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
      Acceptable minimal scores for ASHS applications are:

      IELTS: 6.5—More information can be found at:

      Paper based total score = 550

      • Minimum of 56 on Reading Skills section
      • Minimum of 61 - 62 on Writing Skills section

      Computer based total score = 213

      • Minimum of 22 on Reading Skills section
      • Minimum of 26 on Writing Skills section

      Internet based total score = 80

      • Minimum of 21 on Reading Skills section
      • Minimum of 24 on Writing Skills section

      The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA 609.771.7100. Information is available at A.T. Still University’s institutional code is 0339. Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet. TOEFL Educational Testing Services P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 609.771.7100.

      See program Technology Requirements.

  • Tuition+

    • Application Fee: $70
      Tuition: $510 per credit hour (2015-2016 school year)
      Note: All fees and tuition are subject to change.

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  • Blackboard Demo Course +

    • ATSU has set up a demo course of our Blackboard
      Learning Management System for interested students.

      Please go to our guest demo site, and login with:

      Username: AMOTdemo
      Password: atsudemo

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Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online Curriculum Overview


The Professional Practice core courses provide the student with a firm foundation in the practice of Occupational Therapy and the issues and concerns of a graduate health profession.
The following courses are required:

  • HP 814 Issues in Diverse Populations and Settings+

    • The role of culture in health care will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on learning to recognize and negotiate cultural differences and assessing intercultural interactions and interventions in their own practice. (3 credits)


The Critical Inquiry courses provide the student with formal skills in critical inquiry and decision-making. Students learn to use the research literature and technology resources to establish interventions based on scientific-evidence and best professional practices.

  • OT 807 Research Methodology+

    • A survey of basic quantitative and qualitative research designs and methods used in research relevant to the practice of occupational therapy. Emphasis is placed on learning how to critically evaluate research and become a better consumer of it. (3 credits)

  • OT 808 Statistics+

    • Through this course students become acquainted with, and develop a better understanding of, the statistical methods and techniques most commonly utilized in health care and education research. Interpretation of results of statistical analyses and assessment of the appropriateness of test selection are presented. (3 credits)

  • OT 811 Evidence-Based Practice I for OT Clinicians+

    • First course in a series of two on the topic of evidence-based practice (EBP). This first EBP course provides an introduction to the concept of EBP, discusses the fundamental need to structure EBP within the framework of Occupational Therapy practice, and introduces students to the key underlying components and stages of EBP. The course provides students with the opportunity to, not only gain theoretical knowledge about the stages, but also engenders skills that will allow them to begin to implement these in their practice. (3 credits)

  • OT 812 Evidence-Based Practice II for OT Clinicians+

    • This course is the second in the series of two evidence-based practice (EBP) courses. Building on the EBP skills learned during OT 811, this course follows an evidence-based journal club format, involving small group work in a specific clinical area, offering students the opportunity to further enhance their EBP skills through implementation of the EBP process in additional exploration of clinical questions. Emphasis is also placed on reflecting upon and examining how the clinical reasoning processes underlying EBP influence one’s clinical decision-making and practice. (3 credits)

ELECTIVES: 12 Credits

Electives may be chosen from the courses listed below (when offered):

  • OT 833 Holistic School-Based Practice+

    • This course holistically addresses OT practice in school systems settings. Topics include, but are not limited to, IDEA, ADA 504, psychosocial intervention, and transition planning. (3 credits)

  • OT 844 Critical Thinking in Pediatric Intervention+

    • This course will explore in depth the foundation, research efficacy, similarities, and differences among the theoretical frameworks commonly employed by occupational and physical therapists working with children in a variety of contexts. Students will evaluate best practice in clinical application with a variety of diagnoses. (3 credits)

  • OT 845 Application of Technology to OT Practice+

    • Current technology utilized for occupational therapy practice and treatment of dysfunction. Use of computers, switches, software programs, adaptive equipment, diagnostic, medical, and environmental controls are explored. (3 credits)

  • OT 847 Issues in Geriatric Practice+

    • This course holistically addresses issues and intervention practices with geriatric populations. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, occupations of the elderly, adaptations for healthy living, and mental health issues. (3 credits)

  • OT 850 Independent Study+

    • Independent investigation of a topic of interest. Approval of independent study option is by the faculty and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy. (1-4 credits)

  • OT875 Special Topics in OT+

    • This course covers special topics that arise in the OT Profession. The topics of the course will change, pending the quarter that it offers. The topic is announced four weeks prior to the course beginning. (3 credits)

  • PT 806 Pharmacology+

    • This course covers the administration, physiologic response, and adverse effects of drugs under normal and pathophysiologic conditions. Topics focus on the influence of drugs on therapy patient/client management. (3 credits) (with PT Department permission)

  • HP 815 Health and Wellness+

    • This course includes discussion on the theories of health and wellness, including motivational theory, locus of control, public health initiatives, and psycho-social, spiritual, and cultural considerations. Health risks, screening, and assessment considering epidemiological principles are emphasized. Risk reduction strategies for primary and secondary prevention, including programs for special populations are covered. (2 credits)

  • HP 834 Delivery Systems, Legislation and Regulation+

    • This course includes discussion of delivery systems, legislation, and regulation, including measuring access to and outcomes of different healthcare delivery models, public health policy, political systems, reimbursement models, ethical issues, and advocacy to improve healthcare policy. (2 credits)

  • HP 835 Reimbursement Systems, Issues and Strategies+

    • This course includes a review of different reimbursement systems in healthcare to include Medicare, Medicaid, fee-for-service, capitation, workers’ compensation and contractual care. Issues in reimbursement and strategies for overcoming challenges of reimbursement in rehabilitation will be covered. (2 credits)

  • HP 836 Business Planning+

    • This course includes discussions on business planning, including strategic planning, financial management, personnel management, and physical resource management as it relates to the healthcare industry. (2 credits)

      In addition to the above courses, students in the AMOT program may be able to use their elective credits to take courses in the College of Graduate Health Studies. See College of Graduate Health Studies for additional elective offerings.


The capstone project is an integrating and culminating experience that allows the student to explore an area of professional interest. Under supervision of AMOT faculty, students develop a project that demonstrates scholarship and furthers the profession’s body of knowledge.

  • OT 880: AMOT Program Capstone Experience, Part I+

    • ​First course in a series of three for the AMOT Program capstone experience. During the first half of this course, students identify, develop, and articulate their ideas for their capstone terminal projects. During the second half of the course, students identify, locate, and review literature and other sources of information pertinent to their projects (that will provide a foundation for proceeding with the work they propose to do as their actual capstone project). (3 credits)

  • OT 881: AMOT Program Capstone Experience – Part II+

    • Second course in a series of three for the AMOT Program capstone experience. During this second part of the course sequence, students develop proposals for their capstone projects. Students also serve as advisors and reviewers of their peers’ project proposals. (3 credits)

  • OT 882: AMOT Program Capstone Experience, Part III+

    • Third course in a series of three for the AMOT Program capstone experience. During this third part of the course sequence, students implement their capstone projects, document their project experiences, produce final “products” or “artifacts” associated with their projects, write a paper about their project using OT Practice Author Guidelines and consider potential venues for future dissemination and publication. (3 credits)

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