Master of Occupational Therapy

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Occupational therapists help build and restore people's routines, so they can continue to forge a prosperous future.

Within the MOT program at Tennessee Wesleyan, you will gain the knowledge and skills to transform lives and make a significant impact in the day-to-day lives of individuals contending with a physical, developmental, social, or emotional challenge.


Program Description

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Tennessee Wesleyan University provides students with a high quality, enjoyable program which prepares them for a rewarding career in Occupational Therapy.


The engaging and career-focused MOT Program includes rigorous coursework that centers on the theory, research, evidence-based practice and ethics of the occupational therapy profession.


Undergraduate students looking to attend the Master of Occupational Therapy program can complete an undergraduate degree at TWU in exercise science with a concentration in pre-occupational therapy.


Occupational Therapy Certification

The MOT program is designed to help you become a well-rounded, leadership-focused, advocacy-minded occupational therapy practitioner and to succeed at passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination.


By participating and successfully completing the occupational therapy program curriculum, you will be fully equipped to meet your clients’ diverse occupational needs and serve individuals, families, and communities across a wide array of contexts and settings.


An entry-level master or doctorate degree is required to become eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination, which is required for state licensure to practice. 


To apply, students complete the graduate application at TWU, with the required documents submitted through OTCAS, The Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy.

Degree Requirements

Conferred Bachelor’s Degree (from an accredited institution of higher education)

Course Requirements

Biology (3.0 credits)
Anatomy & Physiology I & II (8.0 credits)
Kinesiology (3.0 credits)
Epidemiology (3.0 credits)
Developmental Psychology (3.0 credits)
Abnormal Psychology (3.0 credits)
Introductory Sociology (3.0 credits) OR Introductory Anthropology (3.0)
Medical Terminology (3.0 credits)
Statistics (3.0 credits)
There are no advanced placement, credit for experiential learning or work experience requirements at this time. Transfer of previously completed OT-related coursework or credit into the MOT program are not accepted at this time.

GPA Requirement

3.0 or better (Overall GPA)

Testing Requirements

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
Tennessee Wesleyan's code is 4219.

Volunteer Hours

40 documented hours in OT or related field

Letters of Recommendation

3 Letters of Recommendation submitted to OTCAS


No Felony or substantial criminal background as per State Licensure Requirements; Signed Affidavit

The MOT program is located near downtown Knoxville in the Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

Address:  2001 Laurel Avenue, Suite N-604, Knoxville, TN 37916

Our Mission

The Master of Occupational Therapy program at Tennessee Wesleyan University seeks for its students the highest quality and most enjoyable educational experience with the spirit of the liberal arts and within the framework of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

In keeping with the OT program’s themes: Service & Spirituality, Creativity, Innovation, Leadership, Lifelong Learning & Scholarship, it will produce well-prepared and highly sought-after graduates that will continuously add value to the profession of occupational therapy while serving their clients’ and community’s needs.


Program Vision

The Master of Occupational Therapy program at Tennessee Wesleyan University will be recognized as an exemplary model occupational therapy program, housed within a comprehensive church-related institution centered in faith and reason that inspires and prepares students to become servant leaders for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions as presented by the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Vision Statement.


Core Values

Tennessee Wesleyan University values a student-centered, engaging learning environment that meets the highest ethical and academic standards. Below are the Values we have prioritized at this time:



We value the pursuit of knowledge and strive to develop an enduring passion for learning in others.


We are a community of learners who are united in a common mission to provide a transformational education for our students.


We value all peoples and their diverse ways of learning, living and worshiping.


We set high standards for scholarship, service, and leadership.


We value opportunities that allow our students to apply learning outside the classroom through internships, service learning, study abroad programs, and research.


We value the planet and the preservation of it.


We value our commitment to improving the conditions of others.

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Additionally, all students must complete the graduation requirements of the program and complete 24 weeks of Level-II fieldwork within 12 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Tuition: $675 per credit hour

Total Credit hours = 76

Total Cost of Tuition: $51,300 (in-state and out-of-state)

Total Cost per Semester (6 semesters): $8,550

Fees: $325 per semester (fees subject to change)

Estimated Total Cost of Books: $3,250; avg/semester $542*

Estimated Total Cost of Housing/Room & Board: N/A

*Depends on sources of purchase and format, subject to change

Program Graduates: The first graduating class will occur in spring 2021.

NBCOT Pass Rates

Students must meet the following requirements in order to receive the Master of Occupational Therapy degree.
1. A TWU Intent to Graduate form must be submitted at the beginning of the MOT program
2. Completion of 76 credit hours in the MOT program
3. Cumulative GPA in the TWU MOT program of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
4. No more than two course grades of C
5. Completion of the master’s thesis
6. Completion of competency package
7. Completion of two Level-II fieldwork rotations
8. Completion of the NBCOT and state licensure applications
9. Completion of all program requirements no later than 3 years from the start of the program; or 1.5 times the length of the program.

Dr. Robert J. Mullaney
Program Director & Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Mullaney is an occupational therapist with more than 18 years of experience ranging from practice in clinical and non-clinical settings to private practice to higher education teaching and management. He has a passion for teaching students who desire to become occupational therapists and who will later help people recover from limited functionality. Dr. Mullaney has led departments of faculty and been a part of teams that created new OT programs extending the reach of OT education and practitioners. He has taught students in Florida, California, Kentucky, Tennessee, and in Study Abroad format in Ireland and England. Dr. Mullaney completed his Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University and his Doctorate of Business Administration at Nova Southeastern University. He loves the outdoors, art, exercising, traveling, his wife Nicole, son Bobby, 6 dogs, 1 chicken, and his bearded dragon, Elle.

Dr. Roderick Morgan
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator & Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Morgan has 31 years of experience in areas ranging from in-home health, skilled nursing facility, school systems, early intervention, inpatient and outpatient facilities. He has a passion for seeing people in their own homes, where he believes the most productive rehabilitation takes place. After his three decades of service, Dr. Morgan decided to take his knowledge to the academic arena, to facilitate younger, competent practitioners who will have the same passion for Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Rebecca Ahlfeld
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Ahlfeld is an occupational therapist and a physical therapist. She graduated from the University of Saint Augustine for the Health Sciences with an MOT degree in 2006 and a DPT degree in 2007. Dr. Ahlfeld has 13 years of clinical experience and has been a clinical instructor for numerous fieldwork students. As a clinical instructor, she developed a passion for instructing students on how to apply their occupational therapy knowledge into practice. While new to the academic arena, Dr. Ahlfeld wants her students to excel as they pursue a career as occupational therapists.
Dr. Ahlfeld is married to her husband, Hank. They have a beautiful daughter, Emma, and a fun-loving dog, Olive. In her free time, Dr. Ahlfeld can be found spending time with family. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places with them.

Ms. Adrianne B. Whitelaw
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Ms. Whitelaw specializes in upper quadrant rehabilitation, which includes more than 4,000 hours of upper quadrant specific treatment and study. She has treated clients across the lifespan and in a variety of settings in her 18-year career as an occupational therapist. She enjoys helping others reach their best outcomes to enable achievement of their personal goals. Ms. Whitelaw is married with three kids, a 10-year-old son and two daughters, 10 and 9. Email:

Dr. Stacey Cunningham
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Cunningham practiced occupational therapy after obtaining her Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia. She returned to academia to teach while obtaining her Ph.D. in Social Policy and Social Research from Loma Linda University. Dr. Cunningham’s clinical experiences have included outpatient rehabilitation within neurology, pediatrics, and feeding, as well as school-based practice and one of her favorite treatment tools, hippotherapy, or occupational therapy utilizing equine movement. Dr. Cunningham has found a passion within the classroom and enjoys journeying with graduate students as they aspire to become quality occupational therapists. She values creative arts; travel; hiking; running; reading; quality time with family, friends, her adopted greyhound; and contemplating God's grace. Email:

Helen Bohan
Adjunct Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Helen grew up in Vacherie, Louisiana and studied OT at LSUMC in New Orleans. She is married to Ed Bohan and they have a daughter, Heather. Helen loves the joy of working with children. She has supervised many OT students in her 28 years as an OT and is looking forward to teaching pediatrics-related courses to the first MOT students at Tennessee Wesleyan University. Email:

Mr. Stedmon Hopkins
Adjunct Professor/Occupational Therapist
Mr. Hopkins received his Master of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University, where he is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Occupational Therapy. His areas of expertise are Assistive Technology, Geriatrics, and Community-Based Occupational Therapy. He enjoys preparing students for a life of leadership and integrity in the field of OT. Mr. Hopkins lives in Knoxville with his wife and two children. Email:

Mr. Aaron VanLandingham
Administrative Assistant
Aaron is an alum of Hiawassee College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is happy to be in a place that is focused and driven toward both student interaction and student success. When not in the office, he volunteers at his church, collects and builds model kits of all shapes and sizes, and gets lost in the newest fantasy novel series. Email:

The TWU MOT Program is currently in Candidacy Status with ACOTE: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, American Occupational Therapy Association 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. Phone: 301-652-6611x2042