Occupational Therapy


Welcome to the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Texas at El Paso! We are part of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Health Sciences, and offer a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree which can be completed in 2½ years.

We believe in active learning and offer opportunities for students to learn in real community settings very early in the program. The program concludes with 2 twelve-week clinical fieldwork rotations, or internships. Upon completion of the didactic coursework and clinical fieldwork rotations, students are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam, which, with successful completion, makes students certified and eligible for licensure in any state to practice Occupational Therapy.

Attention Students

The application deadline for Summer 2017 admission is November 30. Please visit the “Application Process” link under “Academic Programs” for complete processes and procedures

Graduation Rates

The following table displays the MOT program graduation rates for the past 3 years (2014-16) 

Class (Graduation Year) # of Students Graduated/Admitted Graduation Rate
2014 18/20 90%
2015 24/24 100%
2016 22/23 96%
Total 66/67 99%

*Two students from Class 2014 became part-time due to health reasons and joined Class 2015 and graduated in 2015. Therefore, 66 out of 67 students from 2014-16 graduated.

Certification Exam Pass Rate       

The UTEP MOT's 3-year pass rate for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam ranges from 82% to 100%.

The NBCOT pass rates can be found at: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Graduates are encouraged to sit for the NBCOT certification exam as soon as possible to increase chances for successful attainment of certification. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT and/or attain a state license.

If you have any questions regarding the certification exam, please contact NBCOT at:
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
12 South Summit Ave. Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877


The UTEP Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE): www.acoteonline.org
You can contact ACOTE at:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
C/O American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-AOTA (2682)