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Physical Address: 1101 N Campbell, Office #304, El Paso, TX 79902
Mailing Address: 500 W. University Ave, El Paso, TX 79968
Occupational Therapy is a dynamic profession and an integral part of modern comprehensive health care. Occupational therapy is the use of purposeful activity or interventions designed to achieve functional outcomes which promote health and prevent injury or disability, and which develop, improve, sustain, or restore the highest possible level of independence of any individual who has an injury, illness, cognitive impairment, psychosocial dysfunction, mental illness, developmental or learning disability, physical disability, or other disorder or condition. Occupational Therapy services are provided in a variety of settings, ranging from medical facilities to community health agencies, schools, and private practice.
The Occupational Therapy Program offers a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. The MOT program begins in the summer. While enrolled in the program, students complete courses in foundational and clinical sciences and general occupational therapy evaluation, treatment and evidence-based practice. Clinical courses address occupational performance in the areas of mental health, pediatrics, and adult orthopedic and neurologic conditions. Most of the third year consists of fieldwork education. Prior to graduation, students complete two full-time, 12-week clinical rotations. Placements in El Paso, TX cannot be guaranteed, and relocation and living expenses are the student’s responsibility. 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.
The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE),
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-AOTA (2682)
A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure in Texas. Questions may be answered by contacting the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 2-S10, Austin, TX 78701. You may also call TBOTE at 512.305.6900.
- Completed bachelor’s degree.
- Occupational Therapy application packet including all forms. The packet is available at http://chs.utep.edu/ot.
- Graduate School application (The application http://www.utep.edu/graduate)
- Graduate application processing fee
- Official transcripts from all universities attended demonstrating minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on 4-point scale, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in prerequisites.
- Forty clock hours of volunteer or paid experience in an occupational therapy setting, supervised by a licensed occupational therapist.
- Three letters of recommendation (optional form on the OT website). One recommendation must be from a licensed occupational therapy practitioner.
- GRE scores (within the past 5 years). Although no minimum score is required, scores will be considered in the competitive admission process.
- International students (when English is not the official or first language) must have a minimum score of 213/550 on TOEFL
Students are required to maintain an overall 3.0 GPA throughout the program.
Applicants for the program should have completed the following prerequisite courses:
|Medical Terminology *||1|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab **||4|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab||4|
|Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Abnormal Psychology (or Equivalent)||3|
|Other Social Sciences ***||3|
|Statistics for Non-Math Majors||3|
|Human Development Across the Entire Life Span||3|
|Technical Writing (or Equivalent)||3|
Successful completion of a medical terminology competency exam will substitute for this prerequisite.
Courses must cover the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems.
Courses incorporating group dynamics and research in social sciences are strongly recommended.
To engage in clinical rotations, which are a crucial element in the curriculum, Occupational Therapy students must pass a background check. Therefore, applicants accepted to the Occupational Therapy program will be required to undergo and pass a background check prior to matriculation. Applicants are responsible for the costs in obtaining a background check report.
Required Credits: 85
|Masters-Occupational Therapy (All courses require a grade of C or better)|
|DRSC 5301||Normal Physiology/Embryology||3|
|DRSC 5388||Pathophysiology for Health Sci||3|
|DRSC 5389||Research in Health Science||3|
|DRSC 5390||Neuroscience for Hlth Sciences||3|
|DRSC 5396||Medical Kin & Biomechanics||3|
|DRSC 5495||Anatomy for Health Sciences||4|
|OT 5102||Surface Anatomy||1|
|OT 5136||Preceptorship Studies||1|
|OT 5301||Anal & Adapt of Occupation I||3|
|OT 5302||Anal & Adapt of Occupation II||3|
|OT 5310||Concpts & Fndts of Occup Pract||3|
|OT 5312||Psychosocial Aspects of Occup.||3|
|OT 5314||Concpts & Fndts of Cmnty Engmt||3|
|OT 5315||Legal/Ethical Issues Hlthcare||3|
|OT 5316||Leadership in OT||3|
|OT 5320||Occupation Perfor/Older Adults||3|
|OT 5324||Occup Perf in Early Childhood||3|
|OT 5325||Occup Perform in Sch Age Child||3|
|OT 5340||Fieldwork II-Rotation I||3|
|OT 5341||Fieldwork II-Rotation I||3|
|OT 5342||Fieldwork II-Rotation II||3|
|OT 5343||Fieldwork II-Rotation II||3|
|OT 5424||Occup Perf in Mental Health||4|
|OT 5628||Occupational Perf for Adults I||6|
|OT 5629||Occupational Perf in Adults II||6|
|Select one of the following options:|
|Graduate Project I|
and Graduate Project II
|Graduate Thesis I|
and Graduate Thesis II
DIRECTOR: Christine Chen