Occupational Therapy

Master of Science (MOT) to Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Post-Professional Program

The online Master of Science (MOT) to Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) Post-Professional program totals 34-credit hours and is designed for students who are simultaneously working as occupational therapists. Students are expected to complete the program over a 2-year span.

Admissions Requirements

Application Cycles:

  • Spring 2021 11/02/2019 - 11/01/2020
  • Spring 2022 11/02/2020 - 11/01/2021
  • Spring 2023 11/02/2021 - 11/01/2022
  • Spring 2024 11/02/2022 - 11/01/2023
  • Spring 2025 11/02/2023 - 11/01/2024

Program Application Deadline: November 1

To be considered for admission to the MOT to OTD Post-Professional program, applicants must present official documentation of the following student competencies:

  • GPA - Grade Point Average
    • Cumulative Minimum: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Prerequisite Minimum: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Admissions Criteria
    • Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited college or university
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended sent directly to UTMB Enrollment Services
    • Current Curriculum Vitae
    • Confirmation of initial certification for certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
    • Confirmation of current licensure in state of residence
    • Three (3) years or more of relevant occupational therapy experience post-graduation
    • Currently working in an occupational therapy practice setting (clinical, community, or education).
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for doctoral study. Letters of recommendation should be from an academic advisor, professor or supervisor. One letter must be from an occupational therapist.
    • A personal statement addressing goals and reasons for wanting to pursue doctoral work
    • A non-refundable enrollment fee (if accepted) of $200 to be credited to first semester enrollment.
  • Admissions Criteria for International Students
    • International applicants will be considered. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit a test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.
    • Preference is given to international applicants who are graduates of programs in countries that are members of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Applicants from international institutions are not required to send official transcripts from the issuing institution to UTMB. Applicants with degrees from international institutions must provide foreign transcripts evaluation information using one of the credentialing services approved by UTMB Enrollment Services. Please note that the evaluations must be mailed from the credentialing agency directly to UTMB Enrollment Services to be considered 'official'. Any evaluation mailed from an individual will be deemed as 'unofficial'.
    • Current Curriculum Vitae
    • Confirmation of initial certification to practice occupational therapy from an organization equivalent to the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
    • Confirmation of current licensure or equivalent to practice occupational therapy in the place of residence.
    • Three (3) years or more of relevant occupational therapy experience post-graduation
    • Currently working in an occupational therapy practice setting (clinical, community, or education).
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation from persons who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for doctoral study. Letters of recommendation should be from an academic advisor, professor or supervisor. One letter must be from an occupational therapist.
    • A personal statement addressing goals and reasons for wanting to pursue doctoral work. A non-refundable enrollment fee (if accepted) of $200 to be credited to first semester enrollment.

    Disclaimers

    • The PPOTD program is not designed to prepare students with degrees from international institutions to sit for occupational therapy licensure in the US.
    • Earning the PPOTD, along with licensure in a foreign country, may or may not allow you to practice occupational therapy in the US.
    • Acceptance of foreign degree or credits for purposes of pursuing a PPOTD does not imply that you are certified to sit for occupational therapy licensure in the US.

Application Process

  1. Complete and submit your UTMB application, $50.00 non-refundable application fee, and a letter of application. Note: Your application will be considered incomplete if there is missing information by the published deadlines, and will not be processed because of the volume of applications received.
  2. Once application is received, applicants will be given a UTMB ID number for access to MyStar.
  3. The UTMB Department of Occupational Therapy will notify all applicants via email when their applications have been received and when the admissions decision has been made. Please allow several weeks for processing.
  4. Top candidates will be invited for an interview with the Admissions Committee at the UTMB campus or by telephone/skype interview in December.
  5. If you have not received correspondence by December 20, please contact us 409-772-3062 or email PPOTD.Admissions@utmb.edu to inquire about the status of your application.

Curriculum

See Also: SHP Bulletin and Student Handbook

The online Master of Science (MOT) to Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Post-Professional program is 34-credit hours and is designed to be taken part-time over 2 years (6 semesters). The program provides an opportunity to achieve higher-level professional education while maintaining full-time employment.

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Semester Course Title Credits
Spring I OCCT 6350 Evidence-Based Practice 3
Spring I OCCT 6354 Theory for Practice 3
Spring I OCCT 6149 Capstone I 1
Total: 7
Summer I OCCT 6256 Leadership 2
Summer I OCCT 6351 Research Methodology for Practice 3
Summer I OCCT 6151 Capstone II 1
Total: 6
Fall II OCCT 6355 Program Development 3
Fall II OCCT 6253 Outcomes Measures for Practice 2
Total: 5
Spring II OCCT 6249 Capstone III 2
Spring II OCCT 6357 Healthcare Policy and Ethics 3
Total: 5
Summer II OCCT 6358 Education Theory in Academics and Clinical Practice 3
Summer II OCCT 6359 Health Promotion and Wellness 3
Summer II OCCT 6360 Contemporary Practice with Children 3
Summer II OCCT 6361 Contemporary Practice with Adults 3
Total: 6
Fall III OCCT 6356 Current Issues and Trends in Occupational Therapy 3
Fall III OCCT 6251 Capstone IV 2
Total: 5

Total Degree Plan Credits: 34 credits

Note: Summer II Courses - Students will need to choose one (1) of the following elective courses

  • OCCT 6359 - Health Promotion and Wellness
  • OCCT 6360 - Contemporary Practice with Children
  • OCCT 6361 - Contemporary Practice with Adults

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