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Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online

Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online

Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online

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Post-Professional Degree Program

Please note: As of May 1, 2017, the Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (AMOT) program is no longer accepting new enrollment applications. Students currently enrolled will graduate by 2019.

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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  • University Catalog+

    • University Catalog Program guide

      For answers to many questions regarding the ATSU Advanced Master of Occupational Therapy (AMOT) online degree, review the University Catalog for specifics. The AMOT degree online program is achievable in two years part-time and offers the unique advantages of being offered entirely online.

  • Accreditation +

    • A.T. Still University is accreditated by the Higher Learning Commission.

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      Degree-granting authority for the Arizona School of Health Sciences 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 +

      • Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
        Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD  LinkedIn

        Dr. Ann Lee Burch is the dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Burch received her doctor of education from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her masters of public health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her masters of physical therapy 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. Her BA is in psychology from the University of Rochester.

        Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr. Burch served as vice dean for ATSU-ASHS. She served as the chair of the Physical Therapy Department from 2008-January 2012. Prior 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.

        Dr. Burch’s area of scholarly interest and application of that interest is in knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy of health care providers and healthcare professional students towards underrepresented patient/client groups.

        Dr. Burch is the author of a Guide to Physical Therapy (Vault Publishers) which was written to increase information access about physical therapy to both high school graduates and re-entry adults. She was a co-investigator on an NIH grant at the University of Puerto Rico exploring the feasibility of an exercise program for breast cancer survivors living in San Juan.  Dr. Burch has lived in Symi, Greece, Taipei, Taiwan, Ahmdebad, India and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is committed to research, teaching and service that further the understanding of the impact of socioeconomic and cultural variables on health.

        She was a member of the class of 2014 cohort of Women in Educational Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2017 she was the co-PI on a Centers for Disease Control, Association for Prevention and Teaching grant exploring a population health case study format for teaching and communicating the impact of social determinants of health on health disparities. She was recently appointed a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.  

  • Chair +

      • Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
        Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA LinkedIn

        ​Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is the chair of the occupational therapy (OT) department. Dr. Gupta has extensive experience in higher education, and nearly 20 years experience in OT education. She has held national elected positions at the American Occupational Therapy Association, most recently as the chair of the Commission on Education. She is also the elected chair of the Executive Board for the Society of Study of Occupation:USA.
        Dr. Gupta’s scholarship explores contextual influences on occupational engagement and participation. She collaborates with underrepresented groups to understand the challenges in their context to access and opportunities for experiencing occupational potential, well-being and social inclusion. As an educator she is committed to helping students realize their social responsibility in building communities with optimal living conditions that promote health development and enhanced well-being across the lifespan for all members of our society.

  • Program Director +

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

        Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L<br> Professor and Director<br> Online Post-Professional Programs<br> Department of Occupational Therapy LinkedIn

        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 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).

      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.

      Applicants must submit official transcripts to: A.T. Still University Attn: Online Admissions. 5845 E. Still Circle Suite, 213 Mesa, AZ 85206. Please send official electronic transcripts to

  • Tuition+

    • Review tuition and fees for the Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online program. Please note tuition and fees are subject to change.

  • Request Information+

    • Have a question for ATSU?

      Submit an inquiry for more information on your program of interest.

      For additional information contact the AMOT program through: Online Admissions staff at 877.469.2878 or

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Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online Curriculum Overview

First year

  • Research Methodology +

    • Credits: 3
      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.
  • Statistics +

    • Credits: 3
      Through this course students become acquainted with, and develop a better understanding of, the statistical methods and techniques most commonly utilized in healthcare and education research. Interpretation of results of statistical analyses and assessment of the appropriateness of test selection are presented.
  • Evidence Based Practice I +

    • Credits: 3
      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 engender skills that will allow them to begin to implement these in their practice.
  • Evidence Based Practice II +

    • Credits: 3
      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. OT 811
  • Issues in Diverse Populations and Settings +

    • Credits: 3
      Communication and cultural competencies, including principles of professional communication of cultural competencies, conflict resolution, negotiation skills, networking and awareness of cultural differences are studied in this course. Students will study practice settings and patient/client groups from diverse populations, rural, and urban settings for their impact of healthcare. Prerequisite: HP800 Medical Informatics or HP 805 - tDPT Foundations.

Second year

  • Pharmacology +

    • Credits: 3
      This course is a study of basic pharmacological concepts as applied to physical therapy. The major classes of drugs used in common physical therapy practice settings will be covered. The course includes on-line lectures, readings, independent study, and assignments. Prerequisites PT 525, DPTR 7211
  • Health and Wellness +

    • Credits: 2
      This course includes discussion on the theories of health and wellness, including motivational theory, locus of control, public health initiatives, and psychosocial, 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. The role of the physical therapist in prevention and wellness is stressed. Prerequisite: HP800 Medical Informatics or HP 805 - tDPT Foundations.
  • Reimbursement Systems, Issues, and Strategies +

    • Credits: 2
      This course offers an introduction to provider reimbursement, focusing on criteria for establishing internal systems that meet governmental expectations regarding Medicare compliance, HIPAA anti-fraud regulations and Stark rules. Students will briefly survey the history of managed care and learn about the current managed care landscape. Students will also be introduced to the basic auditing practices and procedural guidelines for billing Medicare. Prerequisite: HP800 Medical Informatics or HP 805.
  • Business Planning +

    • Credits: 2
      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. A focus on the physical therapist as a professional corporation will be included. Prerequisite: HP800 Medical Informatics or HP 805 - tDPT Foundations.
  • Capstone Experience in Occupational Therapy I +

    • Credits: 3
      First course in a series of three for the M.S. in Advanced Occupational Therapy Studies 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). Completion of at least 18 credits of the AMOT Program curriculum; permission of the AMOT Program Director
  • Capstone Experience in Occupational Therapy II +

    • Credits: 3
      Second course in a series of three for the M.S. in Advanced Occupational Therapy 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. OT 880
  • Capstone Experience in Occupational Therapy III +

    • Credits: 2
      Third course in a series of three for the M.S. in Advanced Occupational Therapy Studies Capstone Experience. During this third part of the course sequence, students will 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. Students will also serve as “advisors” to their peers and reviewers of their peers’ progress reports and summaries. OT 881


  • Holistic School-Based Practice +

    • Credits: 3
      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.
  • Delivery Systems, Legislation and Regulation +

    • Credits: 2
      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. Prerequisite: HP800 Medical Informatics or HP 805 - tDPT Foundations
  • Issues in Pediatric Practice +

    • Credits: 3
      Focus of study will be evaluation of the strengths and limitations of various treatment methods and modalities used in pediatric practice.
  • Critical Thinking in Pediatric Intervention +

    • Credits: 3
      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.
  • Issues in Geriatric Practice +

    • Credits: 3
      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.
  • Independent Project +

    • Credits: 1
      Independent investigation of a topic of interest. Approval of independent study option is by the faculty and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.
  • Special Topics in Occupational Therapy +

    • Credits: 3
      Special topic colloquium the focus of which changes year to year, allowing for in-depth exploration of a particular content area of interest to the field of occupational therapy.
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