Our Curriculum


The Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota has applied for accreditation status for an entry-level OTD program 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

If approved, the OTD program will receive candidacy status. The program will then complete a pre-accreditation review, an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before 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).

MOT Program Overview

The Master of Occupational Therapy is a 22-25 month, 78-credit graduate-level professional program completed over the course of five semesters. Graduates receive a professional Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Graduates of the Program 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 graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice, however state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Hybrid Curriculum

The curriculum uses a hybrid educational approach that blends distance (technology-enhanced) and face-to-face instruction. Students come to campus varying amounts of time each semester for face-to-face interaction with other students and faculty. These on-campus sessions (2-3 consecutive days per session) increase in frequency across the semesters. Check out the course sequence page for specifics about face-to-face times on campus.

Click here to view our informational webinar on the hybrid curriculum used in our program!

Objectives of the Program

  1. Collaborate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and governmental agencies to promote health and quality of life through participation of individuals in their cultural, physical, social, personal, spiritual, temporal, and/or virtual contexts.
  2. Use national and international disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research evidence to make informed decisions.
  3. Use client-centered and culturally effective services, respecting differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs of service recipients.
  4. Effectively screen and evaluate the occupational performance of individuals in activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, education, work, play, leisure, and/or social participation that have importance and meaning to them.
  5. Assess community resources available to support performance of individuals in their natural environments.
  6. Develop, implement, and critically evaluate interventions that enhance health and quality of life of individuals and populations through participation in meaningful occupations.
  7. Collect data and measure outcomes to assess intervention results and modify or discontinue services with follow-up, advocacy, or referral as needed.
  8. Manage occupational therapy program resources to provide cost effective and efficient service delivery.
  9. Use technology to communicate, manage information, and support decision making.
  10. Contribute to the growth of occupational therapy knowledge through scholarly activity.
  11. Confidently take initiative in a variety of occupational therapy roles.
  12. Demonstrate self-directed learning skills in preparation for life-long learning.
  13. Advocate for the profession and its recipients including shaping public policy to enhance individual performance in meaningful occupations in natural environments.
  14. Adhere to state and federal laws and the AOTA Code of Ethics.
  15. Effectively communicate orally and in writing using formats and terminology appropriate for the purpose and intended audience.
  16. Follow safe procedures for self and others when providing service.

Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete the following benchmarks to graduate with a Masters in Occupational Therapy degree:

  • 78 credits of required OT courses including Level II Fieldwork
  • Satisfactory academic progress
  • Group scholarly project poster accepted by a committee and a paper accepted by the research advisor
  • Satisfactory professional behaviors

The commencement ceremony for the Center for Allied Health Programs is held in December, after students have completed coursework, but before completion of Level II Fieldwork. Formal graduation and the award of the Master of Occupational Therapy degree generally occurs following completion of Level II Fieldwork.

Academic Benchmarks

Students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout their study in the curriculum. Failure to meet academic progress criteria can result in probation or dismissal from the curriculum. Students may only be on probation one time. A second failure of academic progress criteria may result in dismissal. The Student Handbook contains more information about academic success.  

Satisfactory academic progress requires:

  • Maintaining an overall semester grade point average of 2.8 or higher.
  • Receiving grades of "S" in S/N courses and a grade of "C" or higher in all other courses in the curriculum.
  • Satisfactory completion of any Incomplete, according to written agreement with course Instructor.
  • Satisfactory completion of scholarly group project.
  • Satisfactory completion of all fieldwork requirements.
  • Satisfactory professional conduct as defined within the academic progress policy specified within the Student Handbook

Academic Complaints

A complaint may be filed when the conduct of another individual has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or disruptive environment in which to learn; unfair or inequitable grading or classroom treatment. Information about the University policy can be found on the UWide Policy Library page.

Determining what constitutes inappropriate conduct under this policy will be accomplished on a case-by-case basis and depends upon the specific facts and the context in which the conduct occurs. After receiving a complaint concerning an incident or behavior, the instructor or advisor will gather background information to help inform discussion.