Degree Plans & Curriculum
The UTMB Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) offers the following degree plans:
- Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
- BS in OT to Post Professional Doctorate (OTD)
- MOT to Post Professional Doctorate (OTD)
The purpose of the UTMB Occupational Therapy program curriculum is to develop occupational therapists to function as competent practitioners, community leaders, educators, and scholars in the profession of occupational therapy. Graduates of the Occupational Therapy program will generate, apply, and disseminate knowledge to enhance societal health. Consistent with these outcomes, the program facilitates the development of professionals who are eligible for state licensure throughout the variety of Texas communities.
After successful completion of either a Master's or Doctoral degree program and passing the NBCOT Certification Examination, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR), and be eligible to apply to any state for a license to practice. 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.
After July 1, 2027, only doctoral graduates will be eligible to take the NBCOT exam and become licensed practitioners.
The UTMB entry-level programs are on-site didactic coursework followed by fieldwork rotations. Students must complete Level II fieldwork (for both MOT and OTD entry-level programs) and experiential requirements (for OTD entry-level program) within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.