Occupational Therapy

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The Program in Occupational Therapy (OT) at the University of Minnesota is one of the oldest occupational therapy programs in the United States; having first prepared rehabilitation aids during the first World War. Since 1946 students have learned and practiced skills of occupational therapy in an accredited, occupational therapy program. Our rich history demonstrates our commitment to prepare outstanding occupational therapists.

Faculty are committed to quality teaching though using innovative approaches using blended online learning, experiential learning, public engagement, and supported research. Upon graduation, students choose a variety of pathways and careers. The majority of graduates find desired employment in medical, educational, or community settings.

The Occupational Therapy curriculum runs two cohorts on two separate campuses; the Twin Cities and Rochester.

There are several curricula in the Occupational Therapy program: the Entry-level Doctorate (OTD), Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) for current students, and a partnership with the Rehabilitation Science graduate program (PhD) for students wishing to become an OT educator or researcher. Many faculty also serve on the Rehabilitation Science faculty, a research-based graduate program. Students are currently enrolled in our Master of Occupational Therapy Program, but the curiculum will be discontinued once we begin matriculating students into the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. 

Beginning Fall 2019, the Occupational Therapy program will enroll its first class in a professional doctorate program and discontinue the MOT. Although we have no past record of OTD student performance on the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) graduate scores can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

The Occupational Therapy Master's Program (MOT) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). MOT 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).

The Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program (OTD) has received candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The OTD program must have a pre-accreditation 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 Certificationin Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

AOTA Contact Information

AOTA is located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org

After successful completion of the NBCOT 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. All students (MOT and OTD)  must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

NBCOT Contact Information

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
(301) 990-7979  - FAX: (301) 869-8492

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(877) 334-2659

Mailing Address

Program in Occupational Therapy
MMC 368
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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