Occupational Therapy


Why study Occupational Therapy?

The University of Cincinnati Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program provides students the education they need to sit for the board licensing exam. Once you pass the board exam, and meet additional requirements set forth by the state in which you seek licensure, you will be eligible to work as a licensed occupational therapist (OT).

The mission of the program 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.

Occupational therapy is an allied health profession that promotes optimal health and function through facilitating successful and satisfying participation in the roles and everyday activities (occupations) that individuals want and need to do. Occupational therapists are client centered healthcare practitioners that use a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. Consideration of an individual’s physical, cognitive, psychological, social, and emotional abilities, as well as environmental impacts, are central to the occupational therapy evaluation and intervention process.

Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan

The University of Cincinnati Occupational Therapy program is a two-year, full time program featuring a unique blended instructional design involving a mix of on-campus and online coursework.

The MOT program has a six-semester curriculum—four semesters of blended instruction and the final two semesters (24 weeks) include full-time clinical fieldwork. This intensive program is designed to prepare students for all areas of OT practice including pediatrics, rehabilitation, gerontology, mental health and more. UC’s MOT program has partnerships with over 150 fieldwork sites including Cincinnati Children’s Medical Hospital, UC Health, Veterans Medical Center, TriHealth and more.

Admission Requirements

Please visit Admission Requirements for detailed information about what you need in order to be a successful applicant.

Early Admission Opportunities 

The MOT program offers two early admission opportunities to qualified students. High school seniors entering the UC Bachelor of Health Sciences – Pre-Occupational Therapy program may apply to the High School Early Assurance Pathway and juniors may apply to the Junior Early Assurance Pathway.  Students who maintain minimum requirements for these programs have a spot reserved in the MOT program when they graduate.

The MOT program prepares graduates for a career as an occupational therapist.

Occupational therapists provide preventative and rehabilitation services to individuals of all ages in areas related to successful and satisfying physical, sensory, psychological, social, cognitive, and behavioral performance in meaningful activities (occupations).

Graduates find careers working with patients across the lifespan in a variety of locations:

  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation and long-term care facilities
  • outpatient clinics
  • nursing facilities
  • community based programs
  • mental health facilities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for occupational therapists is expected to grow 18% (much faster than the national average) and the median pay is $84,950 per year. It is projected that the number of job opportunities will be particularly higher 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.

Application Deadlines

Visit the How to Apply page to find information on application deadlines, where to send your materials and more.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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

Contact Information

Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-7477

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Program Code: 35MAS-OT-MOT