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.
There are several curricula in the Occupational Therapy program: the proposed 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. Students are currently enrolled in our Master of Occupational Therapy Program. This curiculum will be retired once we begin matriculating students into the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. Many faculty also serve on the Rehabilitation Science faculty, a Research-based graduate program.
Beginning Fall 2019, the Occupational Therapy program hopes to 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 is accedited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 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.
The program must be granted Candidacy Status, 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. Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.