Master of 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 Occupational Therapy Program offers a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. The MOT program begins in the summer. While enrolled in the program, students complete courses in foundational and clinical sciences and general occupational therapy evaluation, treatment and evidence-based practice. 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. Placements in El Paso, TX cannot be guaranteed, and relocation and living expenses are the student’s responsibility. 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, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.
The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE),
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-AOTA (2682)
A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure in Texas. Questions may be answered by contacting the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 2-S10, Austin, TX 78701. You may also call TBOTE at 512.305.6900.
- Completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution.
- Completed Occupational Therapy application by set deadline (Instructions for OTCAS can be found here).
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended (must be sent to OTCAS).
- Minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale - overall and prerequisite GPA.
- GRE Official Scores within 5 years (must be reported to OTCAS and using the DO Code 1218).
- Forty verifiable clock hours of volunteer or paid experience in an occupational therapy setting, supervised by a licensed occupational therapist.
- Three references (letters of recommendation). One must be from a licensed occupational therapy practitioner. All reference requests are handled electronically by OTCAS. Please carefully follow instructions provided by OTCAS.
- 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.
- To request a course substitution, complete the “Prerequisite Substitution Request Form” with supporting documents (i.e., course syllabus and/or description), and scan and email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org for approval. Once a decision has been returned to you, upload the decision documentation to OTCAS. Deadline for course substitution can be found at OT website.
1. To engage in clinical rotations, which are a crucial element in the curriculum, all accepted Occupational Therapy students must pass a background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Applicants will be responsible for the costs in obtaining a background check report and drug screen. In addition, students are required to obtain immunization required by the state of Texas and clinical affiliates. Information is available at the College of Health Sciences Compliance Web site.
2. Students are required to maintain an overall 3.0 GPA throughout the program.
Applicants for the program should have completed the following prerequisite courses:
|Medical Terminology *||1|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab **||4|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab||4|
|Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Abnormal Psychology (or Equivalent)||3|
|Other Social Sciences ***||3|
|Statistics for Non-Math Majors||3|
|Human Development Across the Entire Life Span||3|
Successful completion of a medical terminology competency exam will substitute for this prerequisite.
Courses must cover the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems.
Courses incorporating group dynamics and research in social sciences are strongly recommended.
Required Credits: 85
|Masters-Occupational Therapy (All DRSC courses require a grade of C or better; all OT courses require a grade of B or better unless otherwise specified)|
|DRSC 5301||Normal Physiology/Embryology||3|
|DRSC 5388||Pathophysiology for Health Sci||3|
|DRSC 5389||Research in Health Science||3|
|DRSC 5390||Neuroscience for Hlth Sciences||3|
|DRSC 5396||Medical Kin & Biomechanics||3|
|DRSC 5495||Anatomy for Health Sciences||4|
|OT 5102||Surface Anatomy||1|
|OT 5136||Preceptorship Studies||1|
|OT 5204||Span for Occup Therap Profess||2|
|OT 5301||Anal & Adapt of Occupation I||3|
|OT 5302||Anal & Adapt of Occupation II||3|
|OT 5310||Concpts & Fndts of Occup Pract||3|
|OT 5312||Psychosocial Aspects of Occup.||3|
|OT 5314||Concpts & Fndts of Cmnty Engmt||3|
|OT 5315||Legal/Ethical Issues Hlthcare||3|
|OT 5316||Leadership in OT||3|
|OT 5320||Occupation Perfor/Older Adults||3|
|OT 5324||Occup Perf in Early Childhood||3|
|OT 5325||Occup Perform in Sch Age Child||3|
|OT 5424||Occup Perf in Mental Health||4|
|OT 5485||Research & Evidence-Based Prac||4|
|OT 5628||Occupational Perf for Adults I||6|
|OT 5629||Occupational Perf in Adults II||6|
|OT 5640||Fieldwork II Rotation I||6|
|OT 5641||Fieldwork II Rotation II||6|