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.


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

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)

Certification Exam Pass Rate

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, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

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

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

Graduation Rates

The following table displays the MOT program graduation rates for the past 3 years (2012-14) and the projected graduation rate for December 2015.

Class (Graduation Year) # of Students Admitted /Graduated Graduation Rate
2012 19/14 74%
2013 25/18 72%
2014 20/17* 85%
2015 24/26** 108%
Total 88/75 85%

*One student from Class 2013 withdrew and joined Class 2014 due to health reasons.
**Two students from Class 2014 became part-time and joined Class 2015 due to health reasons.