Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program

Occupational Therapy (OT) is the only profession that helps people across the life span to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. 

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan. 

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person. The person is an integral part of the therapy team. OT is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science. 

Thank you for your interest in studying Occupational Therapy at Colorado Mesa University.  This program is in the very early stages of development, with no timeline set as of yet for the matriculation of the first graduate class. 

Find out more about Occupational Therapy: 


Please check here regularly for updates on this program.  

For more information contact:

Ann E. McDonald, Ph.D., OTR/L
Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy Program Director
(970) 248-1368
Office: Maverick Center 242


We are projected to start the Spring of 2021 pending our accreditation approval by ACOTE.
Since we are a developing program we cannot publish the prerequisites until approved by ACOTE.  However, most OTD programs require the following courses:  Anatomy & Physiology separately with a lab required for Anatomy; Statistics; Human Growth & Development; Abnormal Psychology; Sociology and other courses depending upon the institution. 
Yes, however we cannot yet state the number of hours or observation sites.  However, most programs request applicants observe as many different occupational therapy interventions across the lifespan in different service settings (e.g., hospitals, clinics, outpatient settings, schools, home health).

Please keep checking the Kinesiology website and this will let you know where we are in the process of development.