Program Overview

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The Master of Occupational Therapy degree program at KU is a full-time, three-year course of study; it includes academic, practicum, and fieldwork preparation. Students accepted into the program may enter as early as their senior year of college. All students spend the first year of the OT program (summer, fall and spring semesters) in undergraduate study. Students spend the following two years (two fall and two spring semesters) completing the graduate portion of the program. Two 3-month, full-time Level II Fieldwork experiences are completed during these final two years of study at various site locations. Practicum and fieldwork experiences are offered throughout the Kansas City community, the state of Kansas and, in some cases, in states other than Kansas.

This program has been designed to provide students with skills necessary to work as an Occupational Therapist in a range of possible settings. Upon completion of this course of study, students will be eligible for the national OT certification examination. KU’s Master of Occupational Therapy Program is located at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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

Students in the program earn a bachelor's degree in occupational studies after completing the first year, and a master's degree after the third year of the program. Only those who have completed the entire three-year sequence successfully 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.



NBCOT Certification Results

For the three most recent calendar years ( 2010, 2011, 2012), the performance of graduates of the KU occupational therapy program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination was as follows:

 

Total number of first-time test-takers of the NBCOT certification exam:

87

Total number first-time test-takers who passed the NBCOT certification exam:

78

First-time test-taker percentage pass rate:

90%

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: Aug 14, 2014

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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