MOT Planning Guides

Transition from MOT to OTD

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 www.acoteonline.org.

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).

If the OTD does not receive candidacy status this April, then the currently offered MOT program will remain in place for the Fall 2019 entering class. Graduates of this currently accredited program (same contact information as above) are 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).


Applicants who have remaining prerequisite courses to fulfill should carefully plan the timeline of completion. The Prerequisite Planning Guides below offer detailed information on the courses available at the U of M and area colleges and universities that readily fulfill the program’s prerequisite requirements. Admissions criteria and prerequisite requirements can change from year to year. It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to be up-to- date on all program requirements prior to applying.  

Minnesota-based Insitutions


Wisconsin-based Institutions

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-River Falls

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

University of Wisconsin-Stout

University of Wisconsin-Superior


If your school(s) is not listed, or the Prerequisite Planning Guides for your school(s) does not list the courses you have taken, please send the following information to cahpinfo@umn.edu for review.

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

If the planning guide for your school does NOT include a course you have taken, prior to sending the above information, ensure that the course fully meets the Academic Requirements for the prerequisite as outlined on the Academic Requirements webpage. 

Advanced Placement (AP) Work 

Some prerequisite courses may be satisfied through a successful score on an Advanced Placement Examination. The Occupational Therapy program follows the policies imposed by the University of Minnesota in acceptance of AP credit for coursework. You can find more information on AP credit acceptance here: 

https://admissions.tc.umn.edu/academics/ap.html