About the Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies

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

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 Spring 2020 Updates

These are stressful times for everyone while the OTRT faculty and staff overhaul all of our procedures to deal with the many realities of COVID-19. Please be assured that the faculty are working very hard to figure out how to provide our students with the best education for entry to the health care workplace. This may involve modifying course content and altering class schedules to accommodate the current learning environment. At the same time, we do not want to rush to decisions in haste in case the situation improves faster than expected. Therefore, please be patient. We will do our best to convey relevant information in a timely manner. 

(updated 30Mar2020)

MOT 2020 applicants for fall 2021 start:
It may be difficult to complete your observation hours. Please explore different facilities and/or populations since they all operate on different protocols. At this time, the 50 hours need to be complete by the time an application is submitted so applicant may need to delay submitting until the hours are done. Ideally, applications should be submitted at least 2 weeks before our deadline of Nov. 15. In the fall, if an applicant is still struggling to complete the minimum observation hours, the applicant should contact the academic advisor. There are other contingencies we've put in place to ensure all requirement are met. 
Additionally, there are currently restrictions for GRE testing. Hopefully, these will relax as we move into summer and fall. Again, if an applicant is struggling to complete the application requirements by the deadline, the applicant should contact the academic advisor.


We are excited to announce that our a MS in Recreational Therapy has been approved and is now taking applications for a fall 2020 start. Visit our "How to apply" page for admissions instructions.

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 a 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.

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