First Step Sessions

Your First Steps

first step students

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).

OT Visit Days

We are pleased to announce we have two Visit Days scheduled for prospective OT students prior to the January 11th deadline for fall 2019 admission. Please note we have limited space available and space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to reserve your space, register here
 
A Visit Day agenda includes:
  • A First Steps Session
  • An optional tour of OT program areas
  • A student/faculty panel
Scheduled dates:
Tuesday, December 18th, 10 - 11:30 am
Wednesday, January 9th, 12 - 1:30 pm
 
 

On-campus First Step Sessions are the recommended “first step” for anyone seeking admission to the University of Minnesota Program in Occupational Therapy.

 

A first step session agenda includes:
  • A definition of Occupational Therapy
  • Career outlook (unavailable for OTD)
  • Prerequisite courses and expectations
  • Application process
  • Profile of previous accepted students (unavailable for OTD)
  • Options for health careers
  • Course planning strategies

Bring questions; there will be time to answer individual concerns. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. You may register for Twin Cities information sessions at the Health Career Center website. Our admissions specialist can meet with students on an individual basis by appointment after they have attended an on-campus or online First Step meeting.

Health Careers Center, 2-565 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455

Twin Cities Scheduled Dates

Visit the Health Careers Center web site for information and dates of our Twin Cities OT First Step sessions.

Register for a Twin Cities First Step Session Here

Moos Tower

University of MN-Rochester, 388 University Square
111 South Broadway
Rochester, MN 55902

Rochester Scheduled Dates

  • Future dates to be determined

Register for a Rochester First Step Session Here

Virtual First Step Session

A virtual First Step Session will be available in the future. If you have any questions, contact cahpinfo@umn.edu.