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Master of Occupational Therapy

Attention Interested Students

The UMMC Department of Occupational Therapy is completing a teach-out plan for the Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Admission into the MOT program has been discontinued and replaced with a doctoral level degree admission process.  If you are interested in applying to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, visit the 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 UMMC. Visiting this section and its links 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. Visit www.acoteonline.org 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

The NBCOT School Performance link reflects the national board exam results of graduates from the UMMC's Master of Occupational Therapy Program, and it can be accessed directly 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.