MOT to OTD Transition

graduateThe Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has mandated that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist will move to the doctoral level by July 1, 2027.

Only entry-level doctoral occupational therapy degree programs will be eligible to receive or maintain ACOTE accreditation status as of July 1, 2027.

The University of Minnesota Program in Occupational Therapy has recently begun the process seeking accreditation for a Doctoral Level program through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Accreditation status is contingent on a number of items including approval by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and submission of proposed curricular changes to accreditation. The structure of the Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) curriculum will be formulated after June 1st, 2018, which will also include any changes to prerequisite or Academic requirements for entry to the program. The expectation and the trajectory of admission is to have the first class of OTD students begin Fall 2019. If the OTD program is approved by the Board of Regents and ACOTE, the Master of Occupational Therapy degree will no longer be offered at the University of Minnesota. More definitive information on this change will be available here beginning June, 2018.

For more information about the ACOTE® mandate, effects on current students, and effects on current practitioners, please refer to their website, available here.

If the entry-level doctorate is approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, then the Master of Occupational Therapy program will be discontinued. 

Admissions and Prerequisite Update

July 20, 2018

The OTCAS application is now open for Fall 2019 admission. Until the final accreditation determination is made, the application will address only the OTD admissions process. If approval is not received for whatever reason, the application will drop the additional OTD requirements and admit for the MOT, using the MOT requirements still listed on this website. 

If you have any questions about the transition to the OTD, course prerequisites, or the application, please email them to

July 11, 2018

Faculty have finalized the new prerequisites and terms for the OTD program admissions. The OTCAS application is currently in the process of being updated for the 2019 application cycle. There are a few items to remember if you choose to apply to the OT program at the University of Minnesota:

  1. Read the instructions on the University of Minnesota Home page in OTCAS.
  2. Be sure to click on the link and complete the supplemental application in the instructions on the OTCAS University of Minnesota homepage.

 Prerequisite Courses

The prerequisites listed below have been finalized. Prerequisite courses that were acceptable to the MOT program are also acceptable for the OTD. While we have not updated the planning guides for all new prerequisites, the courses listed are still valid to meet the listed prerequisites. If you have attended a regional school, you should check the planning guide page for equivalencies here.  If your school(s) is not listed, or the courses you have taken are not listed, please send the following information to for review:

  • Course name, subject and number
  • Name of institution where course was completed
  • Number of credit hours
  • Year taken
  • Course description(s) and
  • Syllabi (if available)


May 11, 2018

Faculty has recently submitted new Prerequisites and terms for the OTD program admissions. The original prerequisites for the MOT have been retained and added to, as follows:




UMN Courses

Course(s) Must Include

Human Anatomy

(3 cr.) *

ANAT 3001

Lab not required

Human Physiology

(3 cr.)*

PHSL 3051

Lab not required

Introduction to Physics

(3 cr.)*

PHYS 1101W/PHYS 1107

Course must include kinematics (non-calculus based) to fulfill this requirement. Lab not required.


(3 cr.) *

STAT 3011

Descriptive and inferential statistics. Courses that focus on Research Methods are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.

Factors of Contemporary Society to meet human

(individual, family, population) needs

Introduction to Sociology and

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

(6 cr)*

SOC 1001

SOC 3721

Soc 4246 (sociology of health & illness)

ANTH 1003W

ANTH 3003

Anth 3306 (medical anthropology)






Course content must apply, analyze, and evaluate the role of sociocultural, socioeconomic, diversity factors, and lifestyle choices in contemporary society to meet the needs of persons, groups, and populations. Courses that focus on one topic (e.g. Sociology of Education or Sociology of Sports) are not sufficient to fulfill this requirement.

General Psychology

(3 cr.) *

PSY 1001

Fundamental principles of biological, sociological, cognitive, and personality impacts on normal and abnormal psychology.

Abnormal Psychology

(3 cr.)*

PSY 3604

Diagnosis, classification, etiologies of behavioral disorders.

Human Development across the Life Span

(3 cr.)*

NURS 2001

PSY 3510

Verification that the content of the course(s) you took covered the entire life span (infant through old age). You may need to take a series of courses to complete this prerequisite.

Technical Writing/Scientific Writing

(3 cr.)*

WRIT 3001

WRIT 3029W

Writing course in technical and/or scientific composition with a focus on audience, purpose, ethics, global communication, collaboration, usability, and digital writing technologies.


Medical Terminology

(0-1 cr.)

PHAR 1002

Introduction and definition of medical terminology related to body structure, disease, diagnosis, and treatment.
Or the equivalent of a 1 credit Medical Terminology course.


30 core prerequisite credits




The nine 'core' courses to Occupational Therapy are marked with an asterisk (*)

Seven of the nine courses marked with an asterisk must be completed by the application deadline and OTCAS must receive all final grades for these courses by the Academic Update deadline. 

Human Anatomy and Human Physiology MUST be two of the seven completed core courses. The final two prerequisites may be completed in the Spring or Summer Semester prior to beginning the OTD curriculum. 

There is one non-core prerequisite, Medical Terminology, which may be taken for college credit or by community/continuing eduction. Accepted students must show proof of completion of all nine core prerequisites along with the non-core prerequisite before beginning OTD coursework. 

A minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 is required for application review.

The GRE is not required as a condition to apply to the OTD program.

More information on the OTD curriculum with be coming soon. Any developments will be posted to this page as soon as they become available.