The University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Health Professions Occupational Therapy department is excited to announce that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has approved UTMB’s transition from its long-standing master’s degree program (MOT) to a doctoral-level (OTD) degree. The OTD program will begin admitting students in Fall 2019 having received candidacy status from the American Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Read More: Press Release
- In 2017, the UTMB Occupational Therapy program was ranked as 14th best in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report.
- The free-to-download Life Participation for Parents survey assessment was created by the UTMB Department of Occupational Therapy chair, Dr. Patricia Fingerhut.
- Our Occupational Therapy students are invited to work interdisciplinarily with our UTMB Physical Therapy students every August in Guatemala.
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Upon completion of all curriculum requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0, the designated degree of Master of Occupational Therapy is conferred. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Successful completion of the NBCOT examination leads to certification by the NBCOT.
Graduates are encouraged to sit for the NBCOT certification exam as soon as possible to increase chances for successful attainment of certification. Application for the certification examination includes some questions that relate to felony convictions. For further information on potential limitation related to felony conviction, the applicant can contact:
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
View: NBCOT Examination Data
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AOTA’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) is recognized as the accrediting agency for occupational therapy education by both the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACOTE is also an active member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). ACOTE currently accredits over 400 occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs in the United States and its territories.
The Occupational Therapy professional entry-level doctoral degree program (OTD) at the University of Texas Medical Branch has candidacy status with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and will continue until ACOTE conducts the on-site accreditation review, scheduled for early 2022.
For verification, you may contact the Council at the following address:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
c/o Accreditation Department
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449