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Questions And Answers

Who might tell me about a career in OT?
You can speak to the health career advisor on your campus, the Admissions Coordinator of Occupational Therapy at UTMB, and your local occupational therapists. You may also check out our state and national organizations sites at www.aota.org and www.tota.org.

How much does an OT make?
The Department of Labor and Statistics reports the mean salary for an OT practicing in Texas as $76,400 (www.dol.gov, 2012).

Will I be able to find a job once I graduate?
Yes! The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that employment of OTs will increase faster than the average job. (www.dol.gov, 2004).

Does UTMB offer a BS or Master's degree?
This is a professional Master's degree in Occupational Therapy (MOT).

How long is the MOT program?
The MOT program is offered only on a full-time basis. The full-time professional curriculum consists of 2 years (4 consecutive semesters) of academic coursework and 6 months on fieldwork education.

Does UTMB offer a part-time course of study?
No.

What will my course schedule look like?
All courses are only offered on week days during normal business hours, however some labs taught by clinicians will be from 5 to 7. No evening, week-end, or distance learning courses are offered.

What makes the UTMB OT program unique?
Please refer to our program description for more details.

What specific courses must I take?

    NOTE: Prerequisites do not need to be completed by the application deadline. However, if accepted they must be completed by the spring semester of the year of enrollment. No prerequisites are offered on the UTMB campus.

  • Abnormal Psychology - 3 hours
  • Anatomy and Physiology (including lab) - 8 hours
  • *Human Movement or Physics - 3 hours
    (i.e., kinesiology or biomechanics)
  • Lifespan Human Development - 3 hours
  • *Neurological Basis for Human Behavior - 3 hours
    (i.e., physiological psychology, behavioral neurosciences, biopsychology, brain & behavior, neuroanatomy, neurobiology, neurophysiology, neuroscience)
  • Statistics or Research Design/Methods - 3 hours
  • Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours (take one)
    (i.e. Intro to Sociology, Intro to Anthropology, or Intro to Psychology)
* Human Movement, and Neurological Basis courses are only offered at 4 year institutions.

How do I apply for the Master's program?

    To be eligible for the MOT program, applicants must:

  • Plan to have completed a BS or BA degree and all prerequisites before beginning the program. You may apply to the program before completing a degree and/or prerequisites.
  • Complete an online application with the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applications will not be available for the OT program until July 1st. Also you must submit a supplemental application with UTMB, which will be emailed to you once your OTCAS application is in the verified status. $30 application fee.
  • Have 20 volunteer/work/observation hours in an occupational therapy setting.
  • Have three professional recommendations, one from supervisor from volunteer/work/observation setting. Forms are online with the application.
  • If invited, engage in an on campus interview and compose an essay.
  • GRE is required.

What if I can't find some of these classes at my school?
Please contact the admissions coordinator for occupational therapy at (409) 772-3062 for assistance with identifying course equivalents for our prerequisites. Also we have a list of course equivalencies from many Texas schools.

How much does it cost to attend the Occupational Therapy program? Are loans or scholarships available?
The cost of attending UTMB's MOT program is among the lowest of its kind in Texas, and financial aid is available. The School of Health Professions also offers several types of scholarships to enrolled students. Questions concerning financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid office at (409) 772-1215 or you may check out fees at: www.registrar.utmb.edu.

What can I do to improve my chances for admissions?
The Occupational Therapy department recommends that you complete and submit your application and necessary materials promptly. It is also helpful to keep your GPA as high as possible and give careful attention to the essay we require.

Can I come to the campus and speak with someone?
You are welcome to come and talk with us during our monthly open house events. Visit shp.utmb.edu and click on "prospective students."

Additional Questions?
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Sharon McEachern at (409) 772-3062 or email smceache@utmb.edu. She will be happy to assist you.