Master of Occupational Therapy

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  • Master of Occupational Therapy


    The UMMC Department of Occupational Therapy is completing the necessary steps to transition from a master's level degree (MOT) program to a doctoral level degree (OTD) program. As of January 15, 2017, the final applications for the master's program have been accepted. If you are interested in applying to the occupational therapy program in the future, please visit the new SHRP Doctor of Occupational Therapy website for more information on programmatic accreditation, admission requirements and the curriculum.  

    Welcome to the source of information for those interested in the Master of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Visiting this section and its links (to the right) is a great first step. Each link is filled with important information to help you determine if occupational therapy and our program is the best career choice for you.

    Initially accredited in 1991, our program remains the only accredited program for occupational therapists in Mississippi.  Please visit for more information on our accrediting body.  Aside from being a rewarding profession, we are proud to announce that U.S. News declared occupational therapy as one of the 2011 Best Career Choices. Similarly, The Wall Street Journal highlighted occupational therapy in its article, "Where Are The Jobs?"  

    Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person. We help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want to do and need to do by combining therapeutic strategy with everyday activities. Therefore, a person considering occupational therapy must have the ability to effectively interact with other people and enjoy creative problem-solving.

    Examples of occupational therapy intervention

    • Enabling a child with special needs to maximize potential in the school system.
    • Fabricating assistive devices for an injured worker to promote recovery and return to work.
    •  Facilitating independence for persons with physical, emotional or psychological challenges.
    • Teaching behavioral or coping strategies when trauma or disease disrupts daily life.

    National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

    The NBCOT School Performance link reflects the national board exam results of graduates from the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Master of Occupational Therapy Program, and it can be accessed directly by clicking here.  You may review additional information regarding NBCOT by clicking here.

    For more information

    If you are interested in learning more about occupational therapy, you are invited to join us for the School of Health Related Professions' Annual Program Awareness Day in the spring and Program Focus Day in the fall for a Q&A session.


    • Program Focus Day, Friday, November 4, 2016
    • Program Awareness Day, Friday, March 3, 2017