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Occupational Therapy

The University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy (OT) program is the only public doctoral‐level OT program in Minnesota and one of the oldest OT programs in the United States. Our graduates use a science-driven, evidence-based approach to help children and adults who have physical, cognitive, emotional, social or environmental impairments participate in activities that they value, achieve life goals, and live as meaningfully as possible.

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Welcome to the Occupational Therapy Program


The mission of the University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Program (OT) is to educate leaders in occupational therapy through innovative experience-based education and research to advance the science of OT, and foster the health and quality of life of individuals, communities, and societies. We value empathy, expertise, teamwork, results, and leadership.

Our program offers a 37 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).

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ACCREDITATION and NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

DOCTORAL-DEGREE-LEVEL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. 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 exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 24 months following the completion of semester 8 of the program.  The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II Fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.

MASTER-DEGREE-LEVEL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM

The occupational therapy Master of Occupational Therapy program has been granted a status of Accreditation-Inactive by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. This status indicates that the program is not currently enrolling new students and does not plan to enroll new students in the future. While the program is on Accreditation-Inactive status, the 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 exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

New admissions to the master’s degree are no longer being accepted.

Our graduated students consistently achieve high National Board for Certification in Occupation Therapy (NBCOT) scores, and have significant career placement success, reporting near 100 percent job placement in OT practice positions.

Graduates 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 graduate will be an Occupational Therapist registered (OTR). 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.

To find out more about program NBCOT exam results, visit the NBCOT exam results page and choose Minnesota and OT Masters Level programs from the drop down lists.

NBCOT
12 South Summit Ave.
Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
[email protected]

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Master of Occupational Therapy Graduation Rates

Graduation rates represent a percentage of students within a cohort who graduate, compared to the number who began the cohort within 150% of the published end of the program. Students who did not complete the curriculum within this time period may have withdrawn, taken a leave of absence, or otherwise have left the curriculum. The following table shows the MOT graduation rates for the last three years.

Calendar Year of Graduation Students Graduating/Entering Graduation Rate
2018 45/47 96%
2019 47/49 96%
2020* 45/48 94%
Total (three year average) 135/144 94%

Updated Jan 28, 2022
*COVID-19

OTD RETENTION RATE: 

Year Entered # Entered Returned for Year 2 Returned for Year 3
2019 50 49 (98%) 47 (94%)
2020 49 47 (96%) N/A
2021 47 N/A N/A

Note: only students enrolled in coursework after the drop/add period of the specified semester are counted. Students who have withdrawn, been suspended or dismissed, or are on a leave of absence are not counted in the returning number. This means, even if they are not included in the retention number, it is possible a student may still return to the program to complete their degree.

Occupational Therapy Doctorate Graduation Rates

Graduation rates represent a percentage of students within a cohort who graduate, compared to the number who began the cohort within 150% of the published end of the program. Students who did not complete the curriculum within this time period may have withdrawn, taken a leave of absence, or otherwise have left the curriculum. The first admitted OTD cohort will graduate in Summer 2022. 

Calendar Year of Graduation Students Graduating/Entering Graduation Rate
2022 0/50 n/a
2023 0/49 n/a
2024 0/49 n/a
Total (three year average) 0/148 n/a

Updated Jan 28, 2022

COST OF ATTENDANCE

The cost categories are estimates and are meant to assist preparing a personal budget. Individual student costs will vary. Visit the One Stop Student Services website to estimate tuition for our program.

In addition to general tuition and fees of the University, there are fees charged for individual occupational therapy courses. To identify which courses have additional fees, visit the One Stop course fees web site. Each year in July, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approves the tuition and fees for the next academic year. Tuition and Fees are subject to change. More information about Occupational Therapy costs and fees can be found one the One Stop costs, tuition, and fees page. OTD-specific fee information will be posted each Summer.


Cost of Attendance

The tables below are based upon one of three plan options to complete the degree. All options equal the same total number of credits, but the tuition varies per semester based upon the student’s individual course plan.


MN Resident Cost of Attendance (based on 2021-2022 fee structure)

  Fall tuition Fall fees Spring tuition Spring Fees Summer Tuition Summer Fees Total
Year 1 12,324 1090.38  12,324 1098.38 6162 413.32 32,322
Year 2 12,324 1090.38 12,324 1098.38 9243 413.32 36,493
Year 3 11,297 1090.38 10270 1098.38 10270 413.32 34,439
Electives             6,162
              109,416

Non-MN Resident Cost of OT Attendance (based on 2021-2022 fee structure)

  Fall tuition Fall fees Spring tuition Spring Fees Summer Tuition Summer Fees Total
Year 1 18,516 1090.38  18,516 1098.38 9258 413.32 47,802
Year 2 18,516 1090.38 18,516 1098.38 13887 413.32 53,521
Year 3 13,887 1090.38 18516 1098.38 15430 413.32 50,435
Electives             9,258
              161,016

Fall and Spring Semesters

 
2019-2020
MN Resident

2019-2020
Non-MN Resident
 
2020-2021
MN Resident
2020-2021
Non-MN Resident
2021-2022
MN Resident
2021-2022 Non-MN Resident    
Tuition $12,144.00 $18,240.00 $12,144.00 $18,240.00 $12,324.00 $18,516.00 Per Semester (Fall and Spring)  
Academic Health Sciences Collegiate Fee $185.00 $185.00 $185.00 $185.00 $185.00 $185.00 Per Semester  
Student Services Fee (TC Students only) $470.83 $470.83 $454.24 $454.24 $475.38 $475.38 Per Semester  

Other University Fees

(approximate)

$387.00

 

$387.00

 

$329.00
 

$329.00
 
$300
 
$300
 
Per Semester  
Rochester Student Fee (Rochester Students Only) $168.00 $168.00 $168.00 $168.00 $168.00 $168.00 Per Semester  
Health Insurance (required if you are not otherwise covered) $1,170.00 $1,170.00 $1,272.00 $1,272.00 $1,398.00 $1,398.00 Per Semester  
Books and Supplies $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 Estimated Per Semester  
Admission Application Fee (One Time) $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 One time fee  
Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit (One time fee. Credit  toward first semester admission) $250.00 $250.00 $250.00 $250.00 $500.00 $500.00 One time fee  
Course Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $79.50 $79.50 One time fee  

Summer Semester

   2019-2020
MN Resident
 2019-2020
Non-MN Resident
 2020-2021
MN Resident
 2020-2021
Non-MN Resident
2021-2022 MN Resident 2021-2022 Non-MN Resident  
Tuition $1,012.00 $1,520.00 $1,012.00 $1,520.00 $1,027.00 $1,543.00 Per Credit
Academic Health Sciences Collegiate Fee $185.00 $185.00 $185.00 $185.00 $185.00 $185.00 Each Summer Term
Student Services Fee (Twin Cities Fees) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $203.32 $203.32 Paid during Fall and Spring
Other University Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $25.00 $25.00 Each Summer Term
Rochester Student Fee (Rochester Students Only) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 Paid during Fall and Spring
Health Insurance (required if you are not otherwise covered) $612.00 $612.00 $648.00 $648.00 $648.00 $648.00 Each Summer Term (if not purchased in previous Spring)
Books and Supplies $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00 Estimated Per Term
Course Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00