Why the OT Program?

Why choose the Program in Occupational Therapy at the University of Minnesota?

The Program in Occupational Therapy at the University of Minnesota has many excellent competitive advantages that might be right for you!


The Occupational Therapy (OT) program offers a 36 month, 116 credit, graduate-level professional program completed over nine semesters. 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 examination, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR).

The University of Minnesota offers n Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree, which prepares students to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and apply for state licensure to practice occupational therapy. The Program in Occupational Therapy also supports a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Science which enables individuals to pursue research and teaching careers in rehabilitation.

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. 

orthotics photoExcellence in research

As a tier one research institution, students have opportunities to pursue scholarly interests in a supportive environment. Students work directly with faculty, performing research that is routinely published in scientific journals and presented at state and national conferences. The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) curriculum prepares graduates to understand, systematically use, and contribute to scholarships in occupational therapy. Students interested in ongoing education may apply for admission to the graduate program in Rehabilitation Science or any one of the many other degrees on campus. 

Excellence in teaching

We are a small program within a large institution. Students have ready access to our nationally-known faculty. Classes are taught by faculty with partnership with faculty experts and practitioners.

One Program - Two Campuses

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The OT program at both performance sites (Twin Cities and Rochester) has been conditionally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.  ACOTE's telephone number, c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA www.acoteonline.org 

Hybrid Learning

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. 

Focus on Experiential Learning

Students learn by engaging within their communities, developing awareness and skills in areas of health, wellness and quality of life. Supervised fieldwork, beginning the first semester, provides immediate hands-on reinforcement of course content. Students develop the confidence and skills needed for future full-time fieldwork in a variety of settings. The OT Program has contracts with over 250 clinical sites in the region. Students attend full-time fieldwork at the end of their second year.

Job Placement

Our recent graduates have reported near 100 percent job placement in OT clinical positions including hospitals, schools, outpatient clinics and more. Many graduates have accepted offers prior to graduation with others employed soon after graduation. In addition, the 22 to 25 month curriculum places graduates in the workforce earlier than many other  regional programs. Graduates join an alumni network of over 2000 occupational therapists across the state of Minnesota and the nation.