Master in Occupational Therapy [MOT] (Musculoskeletal) - Course Overview




    2 YEARS


    Occupational Therapy


    Post Graduation

    Master in Occupational Therapy (Musculoskeletal) Top Colleges, Syllabus, Scope and Salary

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    MOT in Musculoskeletal is a 2-year, full-time post-graduate course divided into 4 semesters. The course has been designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of:

    • structure and function of the skeletal, muscular and supporting systems of the human body.
    • functioning of the body’s voluntary movements within a functional context.
    • typical functional, musculoskeletal anatomy.
    • diseases or disabilities which disrupt the typical functioning of these systems.

    Consisting of bones, muscles, connective tissue tendons, ligaments, and fascia, the musculoskeletal system is about:

    • framework of the body.
    • bodily movements.
    • degree of flexibility in bones.

    The system comprises approximately 60% of the body’s mass and expends most of the body’s energy. The discipline is relevant for those:

    • who lead active lives and would appreciate knowing how their lifestyle is likely to affect their long-term health.
    • who wish to study or research musculoskeletal ageing.

    Musculoskeletal disorders are commonly managed in primary care.

    The course covers components of study such as:

    • primary care approach to assessment of patients with musculoskeletal problems.
    • diagnosis, investigations and treatment of such disorders.
    • diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as:
    1. gout
    2. back pain
    3. polymyalgia rheumatic
    4. inflammatory arthritis
    5. osteoarthritis.
    • interactive histology, gross anatomy, and radiology essential in such diagnoses.
    • Sessions in Anatomy, including:
    1. observation of actual dissections in laboratories.
    2. exploration of the human anatomy relevant to each different clinical case.
    3. decoding of pertinent radiology images.
    4. determination of a diagnosis from a list of differential diagnoses.
    5. cadaver dissection.

    The average annual course fee in India ranges between INR 18,000 and 15 lakhs, depending upon the institute offering the course.

    The average annual salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 2 and 20 lakhs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.

    MOT in Musculoskeletal: Course Highlights

    Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.

    Course LevelPost Graduate
    Duration2 years
    Examination TypeSemester System
    EligibilityBachelor in Occupational Therapy (B.O.T)
    Admission ProcessAll India Post Graduate Physiotherapy Entrance Test, CET Entrance Exam for Master’s Program, Guru Govinda Indraprastha University Physiotherapy Entrance Exam, JIPMER All India Entrance Exam, etc.
    Top recruiting organizationsMSIS, Cochrane, AAPA, among others.
    Top recruiting areasHospitals, Clinics, Nursing homes, Health service homes, and such.
    Top job profilesOccupational Therapist, OT Technician, National Sales Manager, among others such.
    Course FeeINR18,000 to 15 lakhs
    Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 20 lakhs

    MOT in Musculoskeletal: What is it About?

    The musculoskeletal system, also known as the locomotors system, is an organ system that gives animals including humans the ability to move muscular and skeletal systems. The course is an advanced study of:

    stability, support, and movement of the body.

    body's bones, skeleton, cartilage, muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments, other connective tissues.

    the system that supports and binds tissues and organs together. 

    primary functions of the system, such as:

    • motion
    • protection of vital organs.
    • provision of stability to the body.

    The role of the system in the body could be likened to that of a reinforcement bar in concrete construction.  Some muscles keep bones in place and also play a role in their movement.

    Bones are connected by joints, and cartilages prevent the bone ends from rubbing directly onto each other.

    Top Institutes offering MOT in Musculoskeletal

    Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.

    CHARUSATGujaratINR 7,70,000
    Dr. Vikhe Patil College of PhysiotherapyMaharashtraINR 1,05,000
    DY Patil UniversityMumbaiINR 3,66,000
    Father Muller College Allied Health ScienceMangaloreINR 3,00,000
    GGSIPUDelhiINR 18,875
    Guru Jamshedpur University of Science and Technology HaryanaINR 1,14,000
    Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and ResearchDelhiINR 3,05,000
    Krishna Institute of Medical Science UniversityMaharashtraINR 1,14,000
    Mahatma Gandhi Mission Institute of Health SciencesMumbaiINR 15,00,000
    Punjabi UniversityPunjabINR 52,000

    Eligibility for MOT in Musculoskeletal

    Listed below are the minimum criteria of eligibility that interested candidates need to fulfil in order to apply for the course.

    • Graduation in a relevant discipline, such as Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, completed from a recognized institute.
    • A minimum aggregate score of 50% (general) or 45% (SC/ST) at the level of graduation.
    • A minimum of 6 months of internship completed in the discipline.

    MOT in Musculoskeletal: Admission Process

    Most institutes offering the course admit students based on their performance in a relevant entrance test. Some institutes conduct their own entrance tests for offering admission. Admission process generally varies across colleges. Some even provide direct admission, based on the candidate’s score at the level of graduation.

    However, mostly, admission to the course is made on the basis of the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, such as the national-level online NEET PG, and subsequent rounds of counselling conducted by the concerned university/institute.

    The round of counselling comprises 2 additional rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview, wherein the candidate’s general aptitude for the course is tested. A merit list is then released by the institute, allocating seats to the qualifying candidates.

    MOT in Musculoskeletal: Syllabus and Course Description

    A year - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

    Research Methodology and BiostatisticsPedagogy Occupational Therapy Education
    Application of Occupational Therapy RehabilitationAdministration, Management & Ethical Issues
    Role of Occupational Therapy Physical DysfunctionsOccupational Therapy Musculoskeletal Disorders – I
    Role of Occupational Therapy Mental HealthOccupational Therapy Musculoskeletal Disorders – II
    Assessment & Management-IAssessment & Management-II
    O.T Clinics-IO.T Clinics-II

    MOT in Musculoskeletal: Career Prospects

    Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists possess expertise in the treatment of musculoskeletal muscle and joint conditions. Their specialties include:

    • growth and development of bones.
    • bone re-adjustment.
    • aiding in bone-recovery after injury or illness.
    • both preventative and responsive treatments.
    • limitations and mechanisms of the musculoskeletal system.
    • Treatment of issues such as:
    1. pain
    2. motor disorders
    3. aging
    4. trauma and injury.

    Interested postgraduates of the course may go for specoalization in various physiotherapy courses such as:

    • Sports
    • Paediatrics
    • Geriatrics
    • Orthopaedics
    • Neurology
    • cardiopulmonary physiotherapies.

    Such professional are hired across:

    • rehabilitation centres
    • schools
    • fitness centres
    • sports clubs
    • hospitals
    • clinics
    • offices
    • healthcare organizations.

    Some of the top professional profiles open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

    Master in Occupational Therapy (Musculoskeletal) annual salary
    Occupational Therapist

    Occupational Therapists help patients that have sustained an injury, they work to enhance their life and job skills. Those interested in this profession need graduate-level education schooling and experience before they sit for a State licensing exam.

    These professionals may observe patients in living or working environments to spot motor function deficiencies and other issues. Occupational Therapists create treatment programs aimed at improving body’s functioning. They may specialize in a certain population, such as elderly citizens and children.

    INR 4,44,000
    OT Technician

    Occupational Therapy Technicians work under the guidance of Occupational Therapists to provide patients with rehabilitative and mental therapy. They work to improve patients' physical, emotional, or developmental impairments.

    They work in hospitals, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and sometimes, patient’s houses. Their duties include helping in teaching patients basic movement and monitoring, and carrying therapy treatment plans, mobility techniques, and providing instruction.

    INR 5,60,000
    National Sales Manager

    National Sales Managers direct, train, and supervise the sales staff. They coordinate the operations of the sales department across the globe, by establishing goals and monitoring the volume of sales from staff members.

    They also review progress reports, which help them determine customer needs, sales potential, and the pricing of products or services. Also, they are typically assigned territories or geographic regions by an International Sales Manager. Such managers constantly monitor and evaluate their progress.

    INR 17,00,000
    Service Delivery Manager

    Services Managers work as managers in both administrative and medical capacities to ensure that the establishment for which they work runs smoothly. They often work for doctors' offices, long-term care facilities, clinics, and outpatient facilities.

    The typical duties of a Clinical Manager include managing clinical, administrative, professional, and clerical staff. Also, they manage the recruitment and development appraisal of staff, oversee the day-to-day management; development and implementation of policies and directives.

    They are also responsible for setting and monitoring budgets, attending meetings, handling communications, and making purchasing decisions.

    INR 13,66,000
    Medical Record Technician

    Medical Record Technicians play a crucial role in ensuring that outpatient clinics, physician offices, and hospitals remain organized, and in maintaining thorough records of patient’s visits, including their symptoms, their test results, and medical histories.

    They use computer programs and filing systems, for purposes of input of, and update of information for doctors' and insurance companies' reference. Some of them specialize in standard coding systems used to categorize conditions, treatments, and diagnoses for insurance processing.

    Medical Record Technicians may also pursue further education and training to enter the medical information management field.

    INR 12,00,000

    Master in Occupational Therapy [MOT] (Musculoskeletal) Fee Structure in India

    24.5 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES5.14 L (Maximum Fee)
    2.85 L (Average Fee)
    5.23 L (Minimum Fee)PRIVATE COLLEGES5.23 L (Maximum Fee)
    5.23 L (Average Fee)



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