Occupational Therapy Faculty at Commencement

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

The final entry-level master’s degree cohort will begin coursework in Summer 2020 and graduate in Spring 2022 with a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT). The application cycle for this cohort closes January 15, 2020. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and the program may be full prior to the application deadline.

MOT Curriculum

Coursework is subject to minor changes as the program makes occasional curricular revisions to meet accreditation requirements and to reflect contemporary occupational therapy practice.


Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

The first entry-level doctoral degree cohort will begin coursework in Summer 2021 and graduate in Summer 2024 with an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD). The application cycle for this cohort will be open July 2020 – January 2021. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and the program may be full prior to the application deadline.

OTD Curriculum

Coursework is subject to minor changes as the program makes occasional curricular revisions to meet accreditation requirements and to reflect contemporary occupational therapy practice.

Early-Entry Options for the OTD Program

The University of Missouri OTD program offers two early-entry options for students who are interested in OT and want to begin OT coursework prior to the completion of a bachelor’s degree. While a bachelor’s degree is not required to complete the OTD, we strongly encourage applicants who want to pursue early-entry to also obtain a bachelor’s degree if at all possible.

Early-Entry Option for Students Outside the University of Missouri

There will be an early-entry option available to prospective students from outside the University of Missouri who are interested in the OTD program. Students must complete a minimum of 90 credits of undergraduate coursework, all of the prerequisite course requirements and all other admission requirements before starting the OTD program. Completion of their undergraduate degree will be contingent on their undergraduate institution allowing the courses in the first year of the OTD program to count toward completion of their undergraduate degree.

3+3 BHS / OTD Option for MU Health Sciences Students

MU Health Sciences students have the option to apply for early consideration for admission to the MU OT program. Selected students will complete a 3+3 option, with 3 years of undergraduate coursework + 3 years of professional OT coursework to earn both a Bachelor in Health Science (BHS) and an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree.

  • Students considering this option will apply during the Summer/Fall after their sophomore year (after 60 credit hours completed); selected students begin coursework the summer after completion of their junior year
  • First year of OTD professional coursework also counts toward the BHS degree. Students must have at least 90 credits, all OT prerequisites, and all BHS degree requirements except the capstone requirement completed before beginning the OTD program. Students will then graduate with their BHS in May after successfully completing the 1st year of OTD coursework. The first year of OTD coursework includes a fieldwork experience and a practicum experience which combined will meet the capstone requirement for the BHS degree.
  • Students applying for the 3+3 option will be considered in the same pool as all other applicants. There are no reserved spots for 3+3 applicants, nor is there a limit on the number of 3+3 applicants we will accept.
  • The more prerequisites you have completed at the time of application, the more strongly your application will be considered. (Same is true for all applicants.)
  • Professional tuition begins at the start of OTD coursework; students enrolled in professional coursework are no longer eligible for Pell Grants. See https://cashiers.missouri.edu/cost/ for current professional tuition rates for the occupational therapy program.

MU Health Sciences students applying for the 3+3 option must work very closely with their undergraduate School of Health Professions advisors before, during, and after application to ensure that they have completed all Health Science degree program requirements AND all OT prerequisites before beginning the OTD program.

Sample Pre-OT Plan with Electives

Sample Pre-OT Plan without Electives

Please note that the Health and Wellness emphasis is not required for application to the OTD program, but that particular emphasis area may offer the most flexibility in completing both the OT prerequisites and the BHS degree requirements in 3 years.

These academic plans are intended to be a guide for students preparing to apply to the 3+3 entry-level OTD program, but they do not replace advising. Students must seek advising from a School of Health Professions advisor before and after application to ensure that they are on track to complete all requirements for their declared emphasis area for the Health Science degree.

Students must have approval from their School of Health Professions advisor in order to apply for the 3+3 option. Additional information regarding documentation of this approval will be available closer to the start of the application cycle in Summer 2020.

The first opportunity to apply for the 3+3 option will be during the Summer 2020 application cycle, with accepted students for the 3+3 program beginning professional coursework in Summer 2021, graduating with a BHS in Spring 2022, and graduating with an OTD in Summer 2024. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and the program may be full prior to the application deadline.


PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science

This PhD program is offered through the School of Health Professions. This is an interdisciplinary, research-focused doctoral program designed to prepare students for careers in research, higher education, and organizational leadership in the health disciplines (including occupational therapy). The PhD program uses a mentorship model in which students are accepted to work in the labs of specific faculty and to learn through hands-on research experience. Coursework is tailored to students’ research interests and crosses disciplines.


Bachelor’s of Health Science: Occupational Therapy Assistant (BHS-OTA)

The Department of Occupational Therapy is in the process of developing a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (BHS-OTA) degree program. This entry-level program will meet all of the requirements of an undergraduate BHS degree and will also meet the professional accreditation requirements for graduates to obtain certification and licensure as an OTA. Graduates would be able to seek employment as an OTA and/or apply for a graduate health care education program. Online and distance education options are being explored for future implementation with this program.

The new BHS-OTA has been approved by the University of Missouri – Board of Curators! On November 1, 2019, the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development has approved our program. We are currently awaiting approval from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) to submit our application for candidacy. Additional information regarding curriculum, timeline for implementation, and application to the program will be published as soon as it is available.


Transitional Bachelor’s of Health Science (BHS) on an Occupational Therapy track

This new 100% online and self-paced program was designed exclusively for licensed OTAs who hold an associate’s degree. Students entering this program will be able to complete the remaining requirements for a BHS degree while continuing to work as an OTA. The degree provides a flexible option for completion of an occupational therapy focused bachelor’s degree to support career advancement for OTAs.