Program Overview

occupational therapist works with child using sparring and martial arts

The Master of Occupational Therapy degree program at KU is a full-time, three-year course of study at the graduate level and includes academic, practicum, and fieldwork preparation. This program has been designed to provide students with skills necessary to work as an occupational therapist in a range of possible settings. Practicum and fieldwork experiences are offered throughout the Kansas City community, the state of Kansas and, in some cases, in states other than Kansas. KU’s Master of Occupational Therapy program is located at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

close-up showing occupational therapist assisting woman with using utensils for eating

Upon completion, students are eligible for the national OT certification examination required for legal employment in this field. Only those who have successfully completed the entire three-year sequence are eligible for the registration exam administered by the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Individuals who earn passing scores on that exam may then seek employment as registered occupational therapists.

KU's MOT program is typically completed in three years. If unusual circumstances arise which interfere with an individual’s ability to continue the program in the prescribed sequence, please be advised that all educational requirements must be completed in no more than four-and-a-half years.

OT Education Graduation RatesFor the three most recent calendar years (2013, 2014, 2015), the graduation rates of the KU occupational therapy program are as follows:





3-year total

Number of students who entered the MOT program





Number of students who graduated from the MOT program





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One practical means of demonstrating a program's quality is the success rate of a program's graduates when they take the National Certification exam. This exam is offered independently through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

The Occupational Therapy program at the University of Kansas is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; (301) 652-6611. Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. Information for students.

Student progression and retention to graduation

Student progression and retention to graduation (bar graph)

Employer satisfaction with KU graduates in occupational therapy (5-point scale)

Employer satisfaction with KU graduates in occupational therapy (5-point scale) (bar graph)

Student performance on fieldwork

Student performance on fieldwork (bar graph)

Student evaluation of fieldwork experiences (5-point scale)

Student evaluation of fieldwork experiences (5-point scale) (bar graph)

Last modified: May 25, 2016

Application window:
Application materials are accepted Aug. 1–Dec. 1 for the class entering the program the following summer. All application materials must be received by December 1 for an application to be complete and qualified for review.

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Note: all three years of this program are now at the graduate level. As this transition takes place in 2015, some details found on OTCAS, CollegeNet, or other KU websites may not yet reflect the most current information.