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A Degree that Leads to a Future

The professional program in Occupational Therapy is rooted in occupation and occupational science. Central to the teaching mission of the program are occupation based, strong occupational therapy skills, professional skills and research. The program has numerous innovative teaching components including a Level II fieldwork focus on health settings and community-service settings. We are committed to educating strong clinicians for the unfolding future.  According to US News, our program is ranked in the top quarter of all USA OT grad programs (42/197)!

NBCOT Program Statistics

The total number of graduates from the University of Utah Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2020-2022 was 103, with an overall graduation rate of 98%.

Year Students Entering/ Graduating Graduation Rate
2020 35/34 97%
2021 34/33 97%
2022 34/34 100%
Three-Year 103/101 98%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)


Accreditation is the on-going process by which an agency evaluates a program of study as meeting certain pre-determined standards and criteria. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is accredited by the U.S. Office of Education as the only accrediting agency for educational programs in occupational therapy. The U of U MOT Program has been accredited by ACOTE (2017-2027).

Estimated Tuition

Can be found at tuition

Residency Information

Residency Requirements

Tuition at the University of Utah is charged at differential rates for residents versus non-residents. If you are admitted as a non-resident, we strongly recommend that you read the University’s Institutional Policy on residency reclassification which may be found here:


The MOT Program at the University of Utah has been approved by the Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)! This program enables students in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and Wyoming to attend graduate school in Utah at the resident rate. As of June 2017, Arizona will no longer support student for occupational therapy. For more information, please visit WICHE

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Traineeship Opportunity

The TSDBOT grant provides funding to support students interested in becoming an occupational therapist with advanced training in serving individuals with deafblindness.

  • Scholarships are available to support students wanting to complete a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) with advanced training in serving individuals with deafblindness.
  • The grant provides $20,500 paid out over 2 semesters.
  • Scholars must be admitted to both the Masters of OT program and the DB program

Accepting applications now through March 4, 2022 for a Spring 2022 start date. Contact Dr. Lorie Richards for more information at

ACOTE location

c/o Accreditation Department
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-6611

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

The Eugene B. Casey Building
800 South Frederick Avenue Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
Fax 301-869-8492

After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice. Most states licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification exam.