In This Section
- Admission Entry Options
- Program Options
- Accreditation, Licensure and Outcomes
- Experiential Learning Opportunities
- Research Opportunities
- Costs & Financial Aid
- Career Outcomes
- Student Organizations
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Our accredited Occupational Therapy (OT) programs give you the necessary knowledge and skills to make an impact in a variety of patient and client settings. We offer three occupational therapy programs:
- An accelerated pathway to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT), providing you with a BS in Health Sciences after 3½ years and a DrOT after an additional 2½ years
- A Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and satisfied all prerequisite courses
- A Post-Baccalaureate Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and satisfied all prerequisite courses
In each of our programs, you’ll build a strong foundation in the core and social sciences, learn how to work effectively with patients, and examine how disease and disability affect the way people think, feel, and live. Actively apply your skills in both the classroom and the field as you prepare for a rewarding career.
What Sets Us Apart?
- We’re one of only a handful of universities in the country to offer an accelerated
pathway to the clinical Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) for students entering
directly from high school.
- Our accelerated Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) program prepares you for general
practice and offers two specializations—community-based practice and leadership—allowing you to hone your studies for your future plans.
- Align your final year’s research or project, as well as your clinical practice, with your specialized track.
- Gain hands-on experience working in the field at least one day per week starting in
your third year.
- You’ll take six intervention courses rather than the typical two or three offered
by other occupational therapy programs.
- Get involved in grant-funded projects with noted professors —resulting in collaborations at national and regional conferences.
- We embrace a vision of community service and student leadership.
- You’ll complete two three-month clinical internships working with patients of all ages.
- In the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) program you’ll also complete a minimum
of 640 hours in a specialty area.
- Lesson the total time and cost to complete a USciences MS or PhD—the integrated graduate credit program allows qualified undergraduate and professional students to take up to 15 additional credits of graduate coursework at no extra cost
Accredited OT Programs
Both the Master of Occupational Therapy program (MOT) and the Accelerated Pathway and Post-Baccalaureate clinical Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) options are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). ACOTE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
More information can be obtained at:
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-6611 extension 2914
PLEASE NOTE: A felony conviction may delay or prohibit certification through NBCOT and could prevent state licensure. For more information, refer to www.nbcot.org.
PT and OT Students Set Up Clinic in Costa Rica on Spring Break Medical Mission Trip
March 08, 2019
Instead of taking a week to lay in the sun, students like Sean Olaso DPT'20 and Nicole Tababa DrOT'21 boarded a plane on March 2 to help provide medical care to Costa Ricans who wouldn't otherwise be able to receive it.
Students Mark MLK Day with Service Activities
January 28, 2019
For USciences students Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to connect with the community we are lucky to call home and serve the various residents and organizations.
Through Their Patients' Eyes: OT, PT Students Learn About Recovery for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury
August 16, 2018
The woman was one of several volunteers who had sustained spinal cord injuries who came to USciences this spring for a unique lab with physical therapy and occupational therapy students.
Occupational Therapy Students Get Hands-On Experience at Camp Discovery
June 26, 2018
USciences Occupational therapy students got a different type of hands-on experience this summer as they helped to organize and host Camp Discovery, a unique camp offered to women who have had or are currently receiving treatment for cancer.
Workshop Aims to Inform Students about Understanding, Serving, and Working with LGBTQ Individuals
February 14, 2018
The workshop inspired students to provide more education and advocacy for the LGBTQ community.
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