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Students applying for the January 2023 cohort can now apply through OTCAS.

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Occupational therapy is a health care profession that focuses on helping people regain, develop or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive and satisfying lives. (Source: AOTA Website).

The profession promotes and maintains health, maximizes independent functioning, and enhances development through the therapeutic use of meaningful everyday activities.

Colorado Mesa University’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program matriculated the first class of future Occupational Therapists in Spring 2022.  

Occupational Therapy Information Session

There are no sessions currently scheduled.

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The program will consist of didactic and clinical academic work over the course of 24 months.

Academic Requirements for Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy practitioners work in a wide range of settings including schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, psychiatric facilities, and community health programs. School systems, hospitals and long-term-care facilities are the primary work settings for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.


The profession's accrediting body, the American Occupational Therapy Association (ACOTE), has granted Candidacy status to this program. With Candidacy status, the first class of students were admitted for studies in January 2022. A required self-study of the program will be submitted to ACOTE in November 2022. If granted Pre-Accreditation, ACOTE will perform an onsite visit in the Summer 2023 and the decision for full accreditation would follow in August 2023. If granted full accreditation, graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and will be able to apply for licensure through the professional licensure board in the state in which the graduate wishes to practice. 

Please read ACOTE's letter to potential applicants regarding the program's candidacy status.