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!

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. 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. The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) curriculum prepares graduates to understand, systematically use, and contribute to scholarships in occupational therapy.

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.

Choice of Learning Location

The Master of Occupational Therapy curriculum is delivered in two locations including the Minneapolis, MN campus and the Rochester, MN campus. Students in both locations access to modern computer laboratories. The library is considered to be one of the best biomedical libraries in the country. Students enjoy the academic, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities of a large university within a major metropolitan area or choose the community-integrated, downtown location of the University of Minnesota Rochester campus. The same great faculty members deliver face-to-face instruction in both locations.

Cultural life is a mixture of world-renowned institutions and a rich array of locally cherished theater, music, and arts organizations. Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester consistently rank near the top of quality-of-life and residential satisfaction ratings.

Access to Learning Materials

Instruction in our curriculum is delivered 75% online and 25% face to face. Students have increased flexibility to learn when and where they learn best. Graduates report entering the workforce with competitive technological proficiency.

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. 

Focus on Experiential Learning

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