Occupational Therapy Programs

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program

With over 3,000 MOT alumni, USAHS has the largest community of Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) graduates in the US.*Based on total MOT degrees conferred during 2020-2022 as reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS); data is captured through interrelated surveys conducted annually by the Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). Our Master of Occupational Therapy program allows you to design treatments and adaptive equipment that help patients engage in the activities of daily life. You’ll utilize your compassion as you train to become a confident and exceptional licensed occupational therapist. If clinical practice is your main goal, this MOT program is for you.

Offered in three formats – Residential, Hybrid Immersion or Flex – USAHS has a program that fits your lifestyle and meets your personal needs as you pursue your master’s in occupational therapy.  Read more about these options below.

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New OTA to MOT Pathway!

Learn more about our new OTA to MOT program and earn your master’s in occupational therapy in as little as two years. *Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred and other factors.

Program at a Glance

Campuses: San Marcos, CA | St. Augustine, FL | Miami, FL | Austin, TX

Format: Blended with Online and In-person coursework + Immersive Hands-on Weekday Labs

Start Dates: Sept., Jan., May

Duration: Duration: 2 years (6 trimesters)*

Campuses: San Marcos, CA | St Augustine, FL | Miami, FL
Dallas, TX | ACOTE Accreditation Status: Candidacy

Format: Online + On-campus 2x Per Term for 3-5 Day Lab Immersions

Start Dates: Sept., Jan., May

Duration: 2 years (6 trimesters)*

Campuses: San Marcos, CA | St. Augustine, FL | Miami, FL | Austin, TX

Format: Online Coursework + Immersive Hands-on Labs on Select Weekends

Start Dates: Varies by campus

Duration: 3 years (9 trimesters)*

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred and other factors.

Facts and Figures

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25+

Year Legacy of OT Education

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4,300+

OT Alumni, largest community of practicing OT alumni Based on total MOT and OTD degrees conferred during 2020-2022, as reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS); data is captured through interrelated surveys conducted annually by the Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

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200+

Faculty with Expertise in 30+ OT Specialties

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1-ON-1

Faculty Support and Mentorship

OT Scholarships

USAHS offers scholarships to recognize and reward outstanding academic achievement.

Curriculum

Master of Occupational Therapy Curriculum

The Residential MOT format and the Hybrid Immersion MOT format can be completed in 6 trimesters (2 years), while the Flex MOT format can be completed in 9 trimesters (3 years). For all formats of the Master of Occupational Therapy program, students must complete 93 credit hours with virtual didactic coursework, hands-on clinical labs, and Level I and Level II fieldwork.
Upon successful completion of the MOT graduate program, you’ll be eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

Residential MOT (San Marcos, CA; St. Augustine and Miami, FL; Austin, TX)

Hybrid Immersion MOT (Dallas, TX; San Marcos, CA; St. Augustine and Miami, FL) Curriculum

CoursesCredit Hours
Trimester I
OCT 5136 Evidence - Informed Practice I: Research Fundamentals2
OCT 5135C Anatomy Applied to Occupation5
OCT 5140 Domain of Occupational Therapy3
OCT 5146 Occupational Engagement and Theories of Practice3
OCT 5230C Conditions Impacting Occupational Performance4
Total Credit Hours
17
Trimester II
OCT 5210 Scholarly Design2
OCT 5232C Clinical Neuroscience Applied to Occupation4
OCT 5217C Human Movement for Occupational Performance3
OCT 5225C Process of Occupational Therapy4
OCT 5130C Skills and Techniques for Client Care Management3
Total Credit Hours
16
Trimester III
OCT 5330C OT Methods I: Assistive Technology3
OCT 5340 Scholarly Implementation and Dissemination2
OCT 5365 Wellness and Health Promotion3
OCT 5335C Clinical Applications in Psychosocial and Community Settings5
OCT 5410C Clinical Applications in Adulthood5
Total Credit Hours
18
Trimester IV
OCT 5430 Scholarly Application2
OCT 5470 Administration & Management in Occupational Therapy3
OCT 5355C Clinical Applications in Pediatrics/Adolescence5
OCT 5425C Clinical Applications in Older Adults5
OCT 5445C OT Methods II: Orthotics, Prosthetics and Modalities3
Total Credit Hours
18
Trimester V
OCT 5550 Fieldwork IIA (min 12 weeks)11
OCT 5510 MOT Seminar 11
Total Credit Hours
12
Trimester VI
OCT 5660 Fieldwork IIB (min 12 weeks)11
OCT 5625 MOT Seminar 21
Total Credit Hours
12
Total Credit Hours for MOT Degree
93

Flex MOT Curriculum

CoursesCredit Hours
Trimester I
OCT 5135C Anatomy Applied to Occupation5
OCT 5140 Domain of OT3
OCT 5146 Occupational Engagement and Theories of Practice3
Total Credit Hours
11
Trimester II
OCT 5230C Conditions Impacting Occupational Performance4
OCT 5136 Evidence - Informed Practice I: Research Fundamentals2
OCT 5225C Process of Occupational Therapy4
Total Credit Hours
10
Trimester III
OCT 5210 Scholarly Design2
OCT 5217C Human Movement for Occupational Performance3
OCT 5130C Skills and Techniques for Client Care Management3
Total Credit Hours
8
Trimester IV
OCT 5232C Clinical Neuroscience Applied to Occupation4
OCT 5335C Clinical Applications in Psychosocial &
Community Settings
5
Total Credit Hours
9
Trimester V
OCT 5365 Wellness and Health Promotion3
OCT 5340 Scholarly Implementation and Dissemination2
OCT 5355C Clinical Applications Pediatrics/Adolescence5
Total Credit Hours
10
Trimester VI
OCT 5470 Administration & Management in Occupational Therapy3
OCT 5330C OT Methods I: Assistive Technology3
OCT 5410C Clinical Applications in Adulthood5
Total Credit Hours
11
Trimester VII
OCT 5430 Scholarly Application2
OCT 5425C Clinical Applications in Older Adults5
OCT 5445C OT Methods II: Orthotics, Prosthetics
and Modalities
3
Total Credit Hours
10
Trimester VIII
OCT 5550 Fieldwork IIA*11
OCT 5510 MOT Seminar 11
Total Credit Hours
12
Trimester IX
OCT 5660 Fieldwork IIB*11
OCT 5625 MOT Seminar 21
Total Credit Hours
12
Total Credit Hours for MOT Degree
93
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Scholarships

USAHS offers a series of scholarships designed to recognize outstanding academic achievement and reward personal accomplishments in community- and diversity-focused areas. These scholarships not only acknowledge past achievements but empower and motivate students to strive for continued excellence along their educational journeys.

The following scholarships are available to all applicants for the MOT, MOT Hybrid Immersion, MOT Flex, OTD, OTD Flex programs who meet the eligibility criteria:

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Accreditation and State Approvals/Post-Graduate Licensure

MOT Program Accreditation Status

Master of Occupational Therapy – San Marcos Campus

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MOT) program at the San Marcos, California campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814-6519. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible 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, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program.

For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814-6519, 301-652-6611 or visit www.acoteonline.org.

Complaints about the program that cannot be resolved after following the University’s procedures must be submitted electronically to the ACOTE Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department. The complaint must be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to [email protected] and must include a signed complaint form, “Complaint Against a Program Subject to ACOTE Accreditation”.

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Master of Occupational Therapy – St. Augustine Campus

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MOT) program at the St. Augustine, Florida campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814-6519, ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible 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, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program.

For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814-6519, 301-652-6611 or visit www.acoteonline.org.

Complaints about the program that cannot be resolved after following the University’s procedures must be submitted electronically to the ACOTE Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department. The complaint must be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to [email protected] and must include a signed complaint form, “Complaint Against a Program Subject to ACOTE Accreditation”.

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Master of Occupational Therapy – Miami Campus

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MOT) program at the Miami, Florida campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814-6519. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible 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, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program.

For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814-6519, 301-652-6611 or visit www.acoteonline.org.

Complaints about the program that cannot be resolved after following the University’s procedures must be submitted electronically to the ACOTE Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department. The complaint must be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to [email protected] and must include a signed complaint form, “Complaint Against a Program Subject to ACOTE Accreditation”.

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Master of Occupational Therapy – Austin Campus

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree (MOT) program at the Austin, Texas campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814-6519. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible 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, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of all prior didactic portions of the program.

For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814-6519, 301-652-6611 or visit www.acoteonline.org.

Complaints about the program that cannot be resolved after following the University’s procedures must be submitted electronically to the ACOTE Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department. The complaint must be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to [email protected] and must include a signed complaint form, “Complaint Against a Program Subject to ACOTE Accreditation”.

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Master of Occupational Therapy – Dallas Campus

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program at the Dallas, Texas, campus has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814-6519. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible 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, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

For more information about the occupational therapy accreditation process, contact the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814-6519, 301-652-6611 or visit www.acoteonline.org.


Complaints about the program that cannot be resolved after following the University’s procedures must be submitted electronically to the ACOTE Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department. The complaint must be submitted as an attachment to an e-mail addressed to [email protected] and must include a signed complaint form, “Complaint Against a Program Subject to ACOTE Accreditation”.

State Approvals

MOT

USAHS currently is accepting applications for enrollment in the Residential Master of Occupational Therapy (San Marcos, St. Augustine, Miami and Austin campuses) for residents of the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, North Carolina*, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. USAHS has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following locations:  American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

*Currently not enrolling into the OTA-entry MOT format

 

For states denoted with clinical field experience and other on-the-ground activity, USAHS does not have the necessary state authorization approvals to offer on-the-ground activities of this kind in those states at this time. However, these restrictions should not impact a graduates’ eligibility for professional licensure in his/her state, provided all other requirements are met. As such, the program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in all 50 states.

USAHS is not accepting applications from prospective students residing in states where the institution does not have state authorization. However, prospective students are encouraged to check back in the near future as the program may be offered in additional states. Current and admitted students are also advised to monitor this page for any updates prior to relocating to another state, as this can have an impact on continued enrollment in the program and the ability to be placed for clinical field experience and other on-the-ground activity experiences.

It remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides.

MOT (Flex)

USAHS currently is accepting applications for enrollment in the Flex Master of Occupational Therapy for residents of the following states:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts*, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri*, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia*, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. USAHS has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following locations:  American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

*Currently not enrolling into the OTA-entry Flex MOT format

 

For states denoted with clinical field experience and other on-the-ground activity restrictions, USAHS does not have the necessary state authorization approvals to offer on-the-ground activities of this kind in those states at this time. However, these restrictions should not impact a graduates’ eligibility for professional licensure in his/her state, provided all other requirements are met.  As such, the program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in all 50 states.

USAHS is not accepting applications from prospective students residing in states where the institution does not have state authorization. However, prospective students are encouraged to check back in the near future as the program may be offered in additional states.  Current and admitted students are also advised to monitor this page for any updates prior to relocating to another state, as this can have an impact on continued enrollment in the program and the ability to be placed for on-the-ground activities or clinical field experiences.

It remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides.

MOT (Hybrid Immersion) St. Augustine, San Marcos, Miami, and Dallas

USAHS currently is accepting applications for enrollment in the Master of Occupational Therapy (Dallas) for residents of the following states:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri*, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. For states denoted with clinical field experience restrictions, USAHS does not have the necessary state authorization approvals to offer on-the-ground activities of this kind in those states at this time.

*Currently not enrolling into the OTA-entry MOT Hybrid Immersion format

 

USAHS is not accepting applications from prospective students residing in states where the institution does not have state authorization. However, prospective students are encouraged to check back in the near future as the program may be offered in additional states. Current and admitted students are also advised to monitor this page for any updates prior to relocating to another state, as this can have an impact on continued enrollment in the program and the ability to be placed for on-the-ground activities or clinical field experiences.

Post-Graduation Licensure

For states denoted with clinical field experience and other on-the-ground activity restrictions, USAHS does not have the necessary state authorization approvals to offer on-the-ground activities of this kind in those states at this time. However, these restrictions should not impact a graduates’ eligibility for professional licensure in his/her state, provided all other requirements are met.  As such, the program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in all 50 states.

USAHS has not made a determination that its curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the following locations:  American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

It remains the student’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to field education experiences, licensing or certification, authorization or endorsement for the state in which she or he resides.

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Student Outcomes

MOT Student Outcomes

Graduation Rate

The entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program graduation rate is the percentage of students who are enrolled in the institution’s official enrollment date (ten-day census date) at the start of the student’s program and complete the program within the program’s published academic terms (on time).

The total number of graduates and graduation rates from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ (USAHS) MOT programs at the San Marcos, CA; St. Augustine, FL; Miami, FL; and Austin, TX, campuses during the three years of 2021-2023 are listed below. Graduation rates for USAHS’ MOT program at the Dallas, TX, campus will be available in 2026.

San Marcos, CA

Year# Students Entering# Students Graduating On TimeOn-Time Grad Rate# Students Graduating Within 101%-150%150% Grad Rate# Students Still Enrolled
2021827490%799%0
20221068378%1895%0
20231149785%892%4
Total30225484%3395%4

St. Augustine, FL

Year# Students Entering# Students Graduating On TimeOn-Time Grad Rate# Students Graduating Within 101%-150%150% Grad Rate# Students Still Enrolled
2021938086%996%0
20221017574%1690%0
202314610975%1494%12
3-Yr Total34026478%3989%12

Miami, FL

Year# Students Entering# Students Graduating On TimeOn-Time Grad Rate# Students Graduating Within 101%-150%150% Grad Rate# Students Still Enrolled
2021635994%4100%0
2022625081%894%0
2023664873%580%6
3-Yr Total19115782%1791%6

Austin, TX

Year# Students Entering# Students Graduating On TimeOn-Time Grad Rate# Students Graduating Within 101%-150%150% Grad Rate# Students Still Enrolled
2021867486%1098%0
2022958084%1095%0
20231098881%989%6
3-Yr Total29024283%2993%6

NBCOT Exam Pass Rate

Graduates of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences’ Master of Occupational Therapy programs are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

Program performance data from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://www.nbcot.org/Educators-Folder/SchoolPerformance.

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Program Data

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Click the campus/program below to view the occupational therapy master’s program data:

San Marcos, CA – ResidentialFlex
St. Augustine, FL – Residential | Flex
Miami, FL – Residential | Flex | Hybrid Immersion
Austin, TX – Residential | Flex
Dallas, TX – Hybrid Immersion

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ACOTE and NBCOT Important Links

NBCOT examination results
Visit the NBCOT website for more information on NBCOT examination results.

ACOTE Accreditation
7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814,
(301) 652-6611 or visit www.acoteonline.org.
Visit the ACOTE Website for more information on
the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

How Do You Want To Study?

2 Years*

Residential

I want to participate in an engaging, campus-focused education.

  • In-person and online learning with weekday on-campus labs.
  • Live near and study at one of our beautiful campuses. San Marcos, CA, St. Augustine and Miami, FL and Austin, TX with three start dates a year. January, May and September start dates available each year.

Hybrid Immersion

I want to live almost anywhere in the U.S. and benefit from a hybrid online learning experience.

  • Online coursework (with both live weekday sessions and learning on your own time) plus two immersive on-campus labs per term over extended 3-5 day weekends.
  • San Marcos, CA, St. Augustine and Miami, FL and Dallas, TX with three start dates a year. January, May and September start dates available each year.
3 Years*

Flex

I want to enjoy the benefits of hybrid online learning and take more time to earn my degree.

  • Online coursework (learning on your own time) plus immersive on-campus labs 4-7 weekends per term.
  • San Marcos, CA, St. Augustine and Miami, FL and Austin, TX with two start dates a year. San Marcos, St. Augustine, and Miami all offer January and September start dates, Austin offers May and September start dates each year.

Why USAHS for Your Master’s in Occupational Therapy?

Leader in Occupational Therapy Education

USAHS has been dedicated solely to graduate education in health sciences for more than 40 years, delivering high-quality OT education for nearly 30 years. As an OT graduate student at USAHS pursuing your master’s of occupational therapy, you’ll join a community of expert faculty practitioners and dedicated students, as well as more than 4,000 accomplished OT alumni who are transforming lives throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Unparalleled Faculty Network

Our OT faculty is composed of educators and clinicians who are experts and leaders in their fields. At USAHS, we have more than 200 OT faculty practitioners with expertise in more than 30 specialties. They work with clients, publish research, serve on the boards of professional organizations and draw from their diverse expertise to develop and teach our curriculum. Our faculty treat students as peers and colleagues, providing one-on-one support and mentorship.

Flexible Options to Fit Your Needs

USAHS offers the broadest range of OT teaching and learning models to suit student needs and preferences. All models feature the same renowned occupational therapy master’s program curriculum.

Hybrid Immersion – Designed for students who prefer the flexibility of living almost anywhere they choose.
Flex– Fewer credit hours per term accommodate students with jobs or other responsibilities.
Residential – For students who prefer an immersive campus experience.

Immersive Learning

Build competence and confidence in our Centers for Innovative Clinical Practice and Activities of Daily Living facilities. Here you will experience simulations and practice your skills with diverse patient populations in simulated health care environments to prepare you to become an exceptional practitioner and to excel in your fieldwork placements. USAHS is one of the few higher education institutions in the country with simulation labs dedicated to the rehabilitative sciences.

Hands-on Practice With Real Patients

In our in-person and telehealth OT Pro Bono Clinics you’ll have the rewarding and unique opportunity to implement what you’ve learned in your curriculum and simulations to deliver the full range of OT care at no cost to adult and pediatric patients from the community. Collaborate interprofessionally with students and faculty from our PT and SLP programs and receive top-notch guidance, assessment and clinical education training from licensed practicing OT clinician-academics while giving back to patients who otherwise wouldn’t have access to these types of services.

Five Destination Campuses

We have campuses in five vibrant, beautiful cities: San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Miami, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Dallas, Texas. Our campuses are close, tight-knit communities of engaged faculty and students who are able to access faculty and specialties across all of our campuses to facilitate the sharing of ideas and knowledge with our entire community of OTs.

OTA to OT Bridge

OTA to OT

OTA to OT Bridge

Admission to our Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is now open to Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs).

If you’re an OTA and you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, you can pursue our OTA to OT Bridge program and earn your master’s in occupational therapy in as little as two years! A bridge OTA to OT program is the ideal pathway for an OTA wanting to expand their OT skills, advance their career and take on more responsibilities in the field of occupational therapy.

Occupational Therapy Assistant practitioners (OTAs) with a minimum of 84 credits from a U.S. Department of Education (USDE) recognized institution can apply for admission to the USAHS Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program. It’s the fastest way to go from an OTA to OTR!

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