OT Events

Course: Introduction to School-Based Practice


schoolThis course is designed for occupational therapists interested in expanding their knowledge about the role of OT in school-based settings. It provides information about current legislation affecting practice including IDEA and the evolution of NCLB (No Child Left Behind) to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The course includes information about best practice including the updated OT Practice Framework 3rd Edition and practice strategies with children with autism, learning disability, and behavioral disorders. Cultural diversity and issues of ethical practice are included in the review of the referral process from screening to evaluation to IEP planning.

Offered on a continuous on-demand open schedule. For more information and to register, visit learning.umn.edu.

Course: Pediatric Medical Based OT


child in hospital This course was designed for occupational therapists interested in expanding their knowledge of the roles of OT in pediatric medical settings. We will guide you through the occupational therapy process of referral, evaluation, documentation, intervention planning and discharge. You will explore child and family centered care, reimbursement, and ethical considerations in practice. Best practice, learner friendly and state-of-the art instructional design supports learner and instructor communication.

Offered on a continuous on-demand open schedule. For more information and to register, visit learning.umn.edu.

Hybrid Refresher Course for Occupational Therapists

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 1:00pm

Online component opened April 29, 2019. On campus days will be Thursday, July 11 - Sunday July 14, 2019.


View the tentative Course Schedule.

refresher courseNBCOT Professional Development Units (PDU) - 75 PDUs
AOTA Continuing Education Units -  60 Contact hours - 6 CEUs

*** Do you need a clinical experience in order to obtain relicensure in your state? If so, contact Linda Maleitzke at lmaleitz@umn.edu

Return to practice,This 'introductory-level' course is designed for occupational therapists who want to:

  • Change their area of practice,
  • Further develop their practice skills,
  • Earn contact hours/NBCOT Professional Development Units(PDU), 1 contact hour = 1.25 PDU,
  • Reinstate their Minnesota License when lapsed for 4 years or more

Course Outcomes: 

  • Gain confidence in knowing the basics of occupational therapy.
  • Gain confidence in performing skills needed for occupational therapy interventions.
  • Develop a network of resources to further their practice in occupational therapy (faculty, colleagues, texts, internet).
  • Gain confidence in re-entering the workforce or changing an area of practice.


"You will walk away with more confidence in your knowledge and abilities."
"I transitioned to adult Home Care after 30 years in school-based pediatrics. The best thing I did was attend the University of Minnesota's OT refresher course. I attended in person in 2016. It's a great starting point and gave me the confidence to make the change." (Christine Viviano)

Additional Info: 

Participants will begin the course April 29, 2019 in a highly structured and mentored online learning experience of weekly modules. Each module will provide an overview of current OT practice topics. After completion of the modules, participants will come to campus for 4 "face to face" days where hands on skills will be practiced. The course will conclude with 2 more online modules to be completed after the on campus experience.

Course dates: Thursday, July 11 - Sunday July 14, 2019.  

Course fee: $1229.95
Course fee does not include lodging. Nearby hotels and dormatory rooms are available. Please contact Linda Maleitzke at lmaleitz@umn.edu Linda if you have questions about housing. Participants will be given access to the online portion of the course beginning April 29, 2019 with will need to complete the coursework by July 8. The on campus days will be Thursday, July 11 - Sunday July 14, 2019. The course will then continue for two additional weeks online  and will be fully completed by July 31, 2019.

Dormitory housing is available for the face to face portion of the course. Please see registration for dorm housing options.

2019 CAHP Commencement

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 11:00am

Link to East Bank Campus map

 student graduates

Where do graduates register for Commencement?

  • Info will be sent via your U of M email account 

When should I arrive at Northrop?

  1. GRADUATE CHECK IN:Students must check in onsite, dressed in regalia and ready for pictures no later than 10:00 a.m.
      1. Students are excused from clinical rotations and classes to participate
      2. If applicable, please ask your employer to be excused to participate in this celebratory event!
  2. GUESTS: Doors to the auditorium will open at 10:00 a.m. for guest seating

  3. PARKING: Parking is available in the Church Street Garage (connected to Northrop.) In the event that this garage is full, parking is available (2 to 3 blocks away) in the 4th Street Ramp, Washington Ave. Ramp, and University Ave. Ramp. Campus map:   http://campusmaps.umn.edu/.

When will the processional begin?

  • Promptly at 11:00 a.m.
  • Ceremony will last up to 90 minutes
  • Class photos will be taken at 10:00 a.m. prior to the ceremony, so please make sure to arrive BEFORE 10:00 a.m.

How many guests may I invite?

  • Seating is unlimited, but we request that you inform us if you will have more than 10 guests
    • An R.S.V.P. survey will be sent to your U of M email account as we get closer to Commencement
  • If you need assistance with a VISA for family for friends to attend Commencement, please contact CAHP Student Services at cahpadv@umn.edu

 What are the disability accommodations at Northrop?

  • Access for guests with wheelchairs or walkers: Enter the building through the East side of Northrop at the Church Street Circle then proceed to the East or West side entrances of the auditorium. Elevators are located on both the west and east side of the building, and all levels are accessible via these elevators.
  • Northrop has limited seating for individuals (and their companions) who are wheelchair bound; wheelchair accessible seating will be reserved in the middle section of rows F & G on the main level near the front of the theatre; please ask an usher to direct your guests to the section for handicapped/mobility impaired.
  • Handicap seating is on a first come, first served basis, so guests should arrive early.
  • Northrop has wheelchairs available to transport guests from the east entrance to standard seating. Contact Northrop staff upon arrival for use of a wheelchair.
  • Please contact Linda Maleitzke by November 1st to request ceremony accommodations. 

Where do graduates order regalia?

  • University of Minnesota Bookstore
    • Order here; We encourage you to order by: November 1, 2019 to ensure delivery in time for Commencement 


  • Individual photos of each graduate will be taken by Lifetouch Photography immediately after each graduate walks across the stage; individual and class photos will be available for purchase online
    • You will receive information about how to order your photos from Lifetouch via your U of M email account
    • Guests may take flash photos and video during the ceremony 

Dress Code

  • Please dress in business attire; wear comfortable shoes; for your comfort, suit jackets are not suggested under academic regalia

 NOTE:  If you, or your guests, require a sign language interpreter for the Commencement Ceremony, please contact Linda Maleitzke at lmaleitz@umn.edu by Friday, November 1, 2019.