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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 faster 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

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) granted the Occupational Therapy Program candidacy status for an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program, beginning in the Fall of 2019. The OTD program is now conditionally accredited by ACOTE and will complete a pre-accreditation review.

The University of Minnesota is transitioning its Master of Occupational Therapy program (MOT) to the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD). Each degree is in different stages of the accreditation process.

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Graduates of the program 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). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses re 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.

DOCTORAL-DEGREE-LEVEL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM (Program with Candidacy Status)

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its 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). 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 the didactic portion of the program.

Find out more about the University of Minnesota’s National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam results and our graduation rates.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

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.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

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.

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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
2017 47/49 96%
2018 45/47 96%
2019 47/49 96%
Total (three year average) 139/145 96%

* OTD graduation rates will be listed following our first graduating class

COST OF ATTENDANCE

The cost categories are estimates and are meant to assist preparing a personal budget. Individual student costs will vary. Visit the Onestop 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 in Summer 2019.

Fall and Spring Semesters

  OTD 2019-2020
MN Resident
OTD 2019-2020
Non-MN Resident
 
Tuition $12,144.00 $18,240 Per Semester (Fall and Spring)
Academic Health Sciences Colleiate Fee $185.00 $185.00 Per Semester
Student Services Fee (TC Students only) $454.24 $454.24 Per Semester
Other University Fees $387.00 $387.00 Per Semester
Rochester Student Fee (Rochester Students Only) (data coming soon) (data coming soon)  
Health Insurace (required if you are not otherwise covered) $1,170.00 $1,170.00 Per Semester
Books and Supplies $1,000.00 $1,000.00 Estimated Per Semester
Admission Application Fee (One Time) $50.00 $50.00  
Admission Confirmation Fee (One Time) $250.00 $250.00  
Course Fees Cannot yet be estimated Cannot yet be estimated  

Summer Semester

  OTD 2019-2020
MN Resident
OTD 2019-2020
Non-MN Resident
 
Tuition $1,012.00   Per Credit
Academic Health Sciences Colleiate Fee $0.00 $0.00 Paid during Fall and Spring
Student Services Fee (Twin Cities Fees) $291.56 $291.56 Each Summer Term
Other University Fees $52.00 $52.00 Each Summer Term
Rochester Student Fee (Rochester Students Only) (data coming soon) (data coming soon)
Each Summer Term
     
Health Insurance (required if you are not otherwise covered) $612.00 $612.00 Each Summer Term
Books and Supplies $1,000.00 $1,000.00 Estimated Per Term
Course Fees
Cannot yet be estimated
Cannot yet be estimated  

* The cost for future semesters is estimated, until confirmed by the Minnesota Board of Regents.