Welcome to the School of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy

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Occupational therapists provide interventions to help people of all ages achieve independence in their lives. Graduates from our Masters of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program have the skills to help individuals with disabilities succeed in activities at home, school, play, and in the community.

 

We have an exciting curriculum that is designed to provide the theoretical and clinical foundations needed for occupational therapy practice, in areas such as early childhood intervention, hand therapy, low vision, prehension development, sensory integration, psychosocial difficulties, and stroke rehabilitation.

 

With a strong commitment to clinical reasoning and clinical practice, our occupational therapy faculty members guide our MOT students into becoming highly qualified health care professionals.

 

Please look through our website, give us a call, or email us if you are interested in becoming part of a health profession that is in high demand and that is flexible and rewarding.


Sincerely,

Karin J. Barnes

 

Karin J. Barnes, Ph.D., OTR
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Occupational Therapy
barnesk@uthscsa.edu

 

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The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.aota.org/en/Education-Careers/Accreditation.aspx.


Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most 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. Applicants must be aware that criminal background checks may reveal actions that do not preclude admissions to this program. However, these same actions may preclude the attainment of a state license. In Texas, you may contact the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners for further information.

 

NBCOT Exam Data

 

Results of National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination

Year

Number of Program Graduates

Number of first-time test takers

Number of first-time test takers who passed the exam

Percentage of first-time test takers who passed the exam

Total % pass rate for first-time & repeat takers 12 months from graduation

2011

35

34

25

74%

100%

2012

29

29

26

90%

100%

2013

33

30

26

77%

100%

Total 3-year

97%

93%

74%

80%

100%