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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy students are creative, patient and understanding and should be interested in helping others. Students will enjoy working with people of all ages with physical, emotional, or environmental challenges to help them participate more fully in life. Blending science, research, and art are important for students as they will be expected to help children and adults facing physical and mental challenges to be as active as possible at home, school, work, and play.

Post-Professional OTD Program Tracks

The Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PPOTD) program is seeking applicants for both the Bachelors-to-OTD and Masters-to-OTD cohorts.

  • The next Bachelors-to-OTD class will start in late August. Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2021, for the August start date.
  • The next Masters-to-OTD class will start in early January. Applications will be accepted until November 2, 2021, for the January start date.

Make plans to attend a virtual open house on the third Wednesday of the month:

  • May 19, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm CST
  • Jun 16, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm CST
  • Aug 18, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm CST
  • Sep 15, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm CST
  • Oct 20, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm CST

For more information about the program, email ppotd.admission@utmb.edu or call 409-772-3062.

View Post-Professional OTD Program Tracks

Fast Facts

  • 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.

Graduation Pass Rates

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
W:  https://www.nbcot.org/

View: NBCOT Examination Data

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Year of GraduationStudents Entering/Graduating% Graduation Rate
201959/59100%
201860/5998%
201760/5998%
Total179/17899%

Accreditation

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
6116 Executive Blvd. Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

P: 301-652-AOTA (2682)
E: accreditation@apta.org
W: www.acoteonline.org

Department News

  • Occupational Therapy students featured by AOTA in their research on Dry Needling practices.

    May 24, 2021, 09:21 AM by UTMB School of Health Professions

    The systematic review of students and faculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) on Dry Needling in OT Practice was featured in February 2021 by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) work. Led and mentored by OT faculty Drs. Claudia Hilton and April Cowan, students Rachel Bynum, Olivia Garcia, Emily Herbst, Mary Kossa and Katrina Liou completed the the systematic review as part of the requirements for their research courses.

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O: SHP/SON 3.702
P: 409-772-3060
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