MOT Celebrates Inaugural Graduating Class

It was a banner summer for the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program at Tennessee Wesleyan University, as the program received seven-year accreditation status and celebrated their inaugural graduating class.


MOT Summer CommencementThe initial cohort of TWU MOT students, 30 in total, participated in summer commencement back on July 31, completing their just over two-year journey at TWU. 


See photos of the first MOT Commencement.


“It was a wonderful feeling seeing four years of collaborative, hard work and program development result in a well-prepared first class of MOT graduates walking across the stage,” said MOT Founding Director Dr. Robert Mullaney. “We’ve certainly had our challenges with COVID, but our determination to push forward was unaltered.”


The MOT program also achieved Full Accreditation Status from ACOTE, The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. The seven-year accreditation granted by ACOTE is the longest term offered for an initial accreditation by the governing organization.


“Accredited status acknowledges the excellent program that Dr. Mullaney and the MOT faculty have developed and implemented,” said Dr. Grant Willhite, TWU’s VP for Academic Affairs. “This status enhances the already strong reputation of the TWU MOT program. Accreditation also ensures that prospective students can have confidence in the program’s quality, rigor, and ability to prepare them for a career as an occupational therapy professional.”


Opening back in the fall of 2019, the MOT program presents a unique opportunity for students looking to become occupational therapists, as the program is the only one of its kind in the area.


Located at TWU’s Knoxville instructional site, the program operates out of the Newland Professional Building on the campus of Fort Sanders Regional Hospital in downtown Knoxville. See more on TWU MOT.