Master of Occupational Therapy
The mission of the Occupational Therapy program at the University of Cincinnati is to educate students to become occupation-based clinicians capable of competently and independently evaluating, treating and/or consulting with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds in a variety of settings. In addition, it is the mission of the program to educate those who might not have access to traditional forms of higher education through a mix of online learning technologies and face-to-face instruction. The program strives for excellence in teaching, service, scholarly activity, and leadership while supporting the professional growth of faculty and students, instilling a commitment to lifelong learning, and responding to the needs of the region that it serves.
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. www.hlcommission.org
Occupational therapy programs in the United States are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Gaining that accreditation is required for students to write the national certification exam (NBCOT) and ultimately practice as a State licensed occupational therapist.
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.acoteonline.org. 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, 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.
UC's Master of Occupational Therapy program provides students the education they need to sit for the board licensing exam. Once graduates pass the board exam, and meet additional requirements set forth by the state in which they seek licensure, they are eligible to work as a licensed Occupational Therapist in the United States. Occupational therapists practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, community-based programs, mental health facilities, and skilled nursing facilities.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics believes that job opportunities for licensed occupational therapists will be good across practice settings. Job opportunities will be greater in hospital, skilled nursing, and community settings as the number of elderly needing occupational therapy is expected to rise in proportion to the increase of the elderly population.
There a variety of scholarship and funding opportunities available to Master of Occupational Therapy students:
- College and program graduate scholarship opportunities
- University graduate school funding opportunities
Please visit UC's Financial Aid Office for questions about tuition, loans and other financial needs.