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Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a dynamic profession and an integral part of modern comprehensive
health care. Occupational therapy is the use of purposeful activity or interventions designed to
achieve functional outcomes which promote health and prevent injury or disability, and which
develop, improve, sustain, or restore the highest possible level of independence of any
individual who has an injury, illness, cognitive impairment, psychosocial dysfunction, mental
illness, developmental or learning disability, physical disability, or other disorder or condition.
Occupational Therapy services are provided in a variety of settings, ranging from medical
facilities to community health agencies, schools, and private practice.

The UTEP Occupational Therapy Program plans to offer an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree. While enrolled in the program, students complete courses in foundational and clinical sciences and general occupational therapy evaluation, treatment and evidence-based practice as well as research and occupation-based practices that incorporates cultural and contextual relevance. Clinical courses address occupational performance in the areas of mental health, pediatrics, and adult orthopedic and neurologic conditions. Most of the third year consists of fieldwork education. Prior to graduation, students complete two full-time, 12-week clinical rotations, a 14-week doctoral experience, and a Capstone project. 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) and will then become eligible for licensure in any state.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed Bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution
  2. Completed Occupational Therapy application available at https://otcas.liasoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login by set deadline (Instructions for OCTAS can be found at https://portal.octas.org/otcasHelpPages/instructions/overview/index.html
  3. Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended (must be sent to OTCAS)
  4. Minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale – overall and prerequisite GPA
  5. GRE Official Scores within 5 years (must be reported to OTCAS and using the DO Code 1218
  6. Forty verifiable clock hours of volunteer or paid experience in an occupational therapy setting, supervised by a licensed occupational therapist
  7. Three references (letters of recommendations). One must be from a licensed occupational therapist
  8. TOEFL is required for all international students when English is not the official or first language. Scores are considered on a case by case basis
  9. Prerequisite courses noted below
2 semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology with labs (can be 2 separate semesters of A&P-I and A&P-II); or one semester course of human anatomy and one semester course of human physiology. In either scenario, the courses should have lab portions. The course credits can be two 3-credit course plus 1-credit labs, or two 4-credit courses (lecture and lab combined).8
Introductory Psychology3
Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan, Developmental Psychology, or multiple courses that address human growth and development (e.g., Psychology addressing infancy, early childhood, school-age, adolescent, adulthood, ageing, etc.)3
Abnormal Psychology3
Statistics (preferably a behavioral sciences statistics course)3
Behavioral Science elective (suggested course in psychology, sociology, anthropology, or health promotion)3
Medical Terminology (online course or certificate accepted)1
Total Hours 24

Degree Plan 

Required Credits: 105

Required Courses:
DRSC 6390Neuroscience3
DRSC 6495Anatomy for Rehab Sciences4
DRSC 6201Spanish I for Health Profess2
DRSC 6202Spanish II for Health Profess2
OT 6101Surface Anatomy1
OT 6103Intro to Documentation1
OT 6202Assistive Technology in OT2
OT 6204Ethical Considerations in OT2
OT 6220EBP & Research Methods2
OT 6221Research Proposal2
OT 6222Research Implementation2
OT 6223Research Dissemination2
OT 6250Fieldwork I2
OT 6301Policy & Global Health in OT3
OT 6302Foundations in OT Practice3
OT 6303Clinical Reasoning in OT3
OT 6304Conditions in Occupation3
OT 6305Biomechanics3
OT 6306Community Engagement & Occupa3
OT 6307Assessment in Occupations3
OT 6308Leadership & Management in OT3
OT 6320Capstone I3
OT 6321Capstone II3
OT 6331Pediatric OT I3
OT 6332Pediatric OT II3
OT 6333Productive Aging3
OT 6402Activity Analysis & Advance4
OT 6430MH Eval & Interven in OT4
OT 6431Gen Med Eval & Interven in OT4
OT 6432Ortho Eval & Interven in OT4
OT 6433Neuro Eval & Interven in OT4
OT 6651Fieldwork II A6
OT 6652Fieldwork II B6
OT 6750Doctoral Experience7
Total Hours105

Director

Dahlia Castillo
Contact: dahlia@utep.edu  915-747-8517
Education: OTD, Mount Mary University

Assistant Professor

William (Bill) Roberts
Contact Information: wroberts2@utep.edu; 915-747-8153
Education: BS, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Ph D, Colorado State University

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dahlia Castillo
Contact Information: dahlia@utep.edu; 915-747-8517
Education: BS, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; MS, The University of Texas at El Paso; OTD, Mount Mary University

Cecilia Fierro
Contact Information: cfierro6@utep.edu; 915-747-7263
Education: OTD (Doctorate in Occupational Therapy), Rocky Mountain University

Timothy Tu
Contact Information: tatu1@utep.edu;
Education: BS, University of California, Los Angeles; M.Ed, Concordia University Irvine; MS, California State University Dominguez Hills; ScD, Baylor University

Occupational Therapy

Physical Address: 1101 N Campbell, Office #304, El Paso, TX 79902
Mailing Address: 500 W. University Ave, El Paso, TX 79968
Phone: 915.747.7268
Email: ot@utep.edu