Master of Occupational Therapy

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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 Occupational Therapy program has received candidacy status from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

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.

UC has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted accreditation status before its graduates 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. 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.

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Action Expected Date

Letter of intent received:

August 2016

Candidacy application due:

August 15, 2017

ACOTE candidacy application decision:

December 2017

Students may be notified of acceptance into the program:

December 2017

First class starts:

May 2018

Initial report of self-study due:

March 1, 2019

ACOTE initial review decision:

August 2019

Initial on-site evaluation:

September-October 2019

ACOTE accreditation decision:

December 2019

First class begins level II fieldwork:

August 2019

First class graduates:

May 2020

NBCOT certification examination:

2020

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.

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

Please visit Admissions Requirements to view our prerequistes and other program requirements. 

There a variety of scholarship and funding opportunities available to Master of Occupational Therapy students: 

Please visit UC's Financial Aid Office for questions about tuition, loans and other financial needs. 

Essential Student Functions
Criteria for Progression & Graduation
Prerequisite Coursework List
Computer Requirements
Tuition & Fees

The Master of Occupational Therapy program participates in the metro and reciprocity tuition programs.

Headshot of Steven Wheeler, Ph.D., OTR/L

Steven Wheeler, Ph.D., OTR/L

Occupational Therapy Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences

3225 Eden Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45267