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Occupational and Recreational Therapies

Improving the day-to-day — every day

Our degrees in Recreational Therapy (RT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) are designed to help you, not just with certification, but with preparation for a rewarding career. A degree is a necessary step to become an RT or OT. A degree can also lead to other opportunities like research, the foundation for additional medical studies or advanced careers.

We provide both in-class and hands-on education that will prepare you for a rewarding career. You'll learn how to empower children and adults learn new skills or recover lost skills through everyday activities like gardening, art, and even play. Through hard work you'll see people recover and develop ways to accomplish meaningful activities that most take for granted. The results can be physical, mental, and emotional.

About OTRT

The Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies provides opportunities for collaboration in education, research, and clinical practice.

Our new MS in RT program

We are excited to announce that our MS in Recreational Therapy admitted the first cohort of students for fall 2020. Visit our "How to apply" page for admissions instructions.

Our programs

In addition to the MS in RT, we offer a Bachelors degree in Recreational Therapy, a Master of Occupational Therapy, and a post-professional Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy.

There are some exciting curriculum changes happening within the department. We are redesigning our MOT curriculum with the hope of offering an entry MOT/OTD (clinical doctorate) in occupational therapy. We had hoped to roll the dual entry program out in fall 2021, however, that date has been pushed back to fall 2025, pending the necessary approvals. With the curriculum change of our entry level degree, the last admission term for the post-professional OTD will be fall 2020.

See What Our Students Are Saying

A short video highlighting our recreational therapy bachelors degree.

RT students talking about program

An Open Letter to our Community on Racial Justice

The Department of Occupational & Recreational Therapies at the University of Utah would like to take a moment to acknowledge what has been going on nationally. We are distraught about the repeated violence against black and brown people.


We all must play a role in demanding justice in our communities and our nation. We believe that “everyone should be able to participate fully in everyday living.” We affirm the statement made by the University of Utah administration in a letter on May 31, 2020 that, as a University, we are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Utah and are steadily progressing in our efforts to make this historically white institution more representative of and responsive to the diverse communities we serve.


Ultimately, we would like to uphold this statement from our department mission, “We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for a diverse group of students to participate in a high quality, transformative educational experience.” We started discussion earlier this spring and received a university teaching grant to make updates to the curriculum focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion and will be engaging students in the process throughout the next year.