TTUHSC Occupational Therapy students practice making casts on each other.

What is Occupational Therapy?

The focus of occupational therapy is to positively influence the health and well-being of individuals so that they can participate in meaningful, purposeful activities in a profession or in their daily lives.

Occupational therapists work in partnership with individuals, families, and caregivers whose life patterns and ability to engage in valued daily activities have been disrupted as a result of various circumstances, including cognitive or developmental problems, injury or illness, social or emotional
deficits, or the aging process.

About the Master of Occupational Therapy

The School of Health Professions Master of Occupational Thereapy program is designed to provide you with the strong foundation in clinical reasoning, knowledge, and skills necessary to become a highly-qualified occupational therapist and improve the health of individuals and communities. 

An Experienced Faculty, A Hands-on Learning Experience

Our faculty are highly-dedicated educators with years of research and clinical experience in a variety of settings. The faculty is committed to being accessible to all students and working with them as active participants in the essential knowledge, skills and clinical training that is key to successful occupational therapy practice.

The School of Health Professions is committed to providing a seamless, hands-on learning experience where you can continue your education and skills development outside the walls of the classroom. As a student in the
program, you will practice assessing clients in the community, designing community enhancement projects, and collaborate with faculty, area clinicians, and local agencies to synthesize academic and clinical learning.

You will also have the opportunity to be involved with the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) to further enhance your professional leadership skills and community service experiences.

The Master of Occupational Therapy program at the TTUHSC School of Health Professions is offered on the Lubbock campus. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
(ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) .

Learn how to apply to the Master of Occupational Therapy program.

The TTUHSC OT program is in the process of transitioning the entry-level MOT program to an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. Find out more on our entry-level OTD information page.

Occupational Therapy Certification

As a graduate of the program, you will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) . After successful completion of this exam, you will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice. (Please note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.)

  • For the past three years, TTUHSC students in the Master of Occupational Therapy program had an overall graduation rate of 98%.
  • For the past five years, TTUHSC Master of Occupational Therapy graduates achieved a first-time pass rate of 94% for the national certification examination administered by NBCOT

Careers in Occupational Therapy

A career in occupational therapy is a challenging profession that calls on the therapist to use clinical reasoning and creative skills to meet the unique needs of clients.

Occupational therapists use their clinical reasoning and therapeutic skills to implement a process of occupation-based evaluation and intervention in a variety of settings, including at home, in school, in the workplace, or in the community, a hospital, or clinic. For example, as an occupational therapist, you could help a child with autism participate fully in school and social situations; you could work with a person who is recovering from a hand injury so they can return to work; you could assist a person with mental illness in learning to manage a daily medication routine or help an older adult who experiences physical and cognitive changes following a stroke to resume household tasks.

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that jobs in occupational therapy will grow by 24% through 2026, much faster than average for all professions.
  • For more information about the profession of occupational therapy visit the American Occupational Thereapy Association (AOTA).

The Curriculum 

The Master in Occupational Therapy curriculum prepares you to enter the field of occupational therapy with a background in basic sciences, theory, clinical reasoning, assessment and intervention, professional practice, and research.

The curriculum covers the life span from birth to older adults, reflecting a broad perspective on physical, cognitive, emotional, social and biological issues affecting activities of daily living. Lectures, case studies, concept mapping, laboratory experiences and clinical education provide you with opportunities to integrate prior knowledge with new learning and develop
your professional clinical reasoning skills. Classes include:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Clinical Reasoning for Fieldwork
  • Assistive and Adaptive Technology
  • Health and Community Settings
  • Conditions in Occupational Therapy

This program fosters professional behavior and relies on community experiences to incorporate the classroom material into clinical practice. Lab sizes are restricted to ensure optimal student/ instructor ratios and to enable you to receive comprehensive instructional and clinical experience.

Successful completion of the academic and clinical education leads to a Master of Occupational Therapy degree.

Learn more about all program courses, clinical education, and fieldwork experiences.

Students need to know that we truly care about them and want them to succeed. Their successes make us, as faculty, very proud!

Wade Redman, Ph.D., MBA, MT (ASCP)

Department Chair Laboratory Sciences and Primary Care

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Sandra Whisner, Program Director Master of Occupational Therapy
Sandra Whisner, PhD, OTR
Program Director