How long is the Master of Occupational Therapy program?
The program is eight consecutive semesters, spanning over 31 months, and begins in the summer. Students must complete 85 credit hours to complete the curriculum.
How much is tuition?
The current cost of tuition and fees for program (85 credit hours/ 8 semesters) is approximately $36,000 for in-state students or $77,000 for out of state students. Visit: https://www.utep.edu/vpba/student-business-services/ for more information about tuition and fees. Be aware that the above estimates do NOT include living expenses, clinical education expenses, books and supplies. Expenses are subject to change each year.
When does the OTCAS 2019-20 application cycle start?
The 2019-20 application cycle is expected to begin in July 2019. The applications is available at: https://portal.otcas.org
What is the deadline to apply for the Class of 2021?
The application deadline is November 1, 2019.
Is the program accredited?
Yes. The program is accredited by Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE: https://www.acoteonline.org ). Also, the University of Texas at El Paso is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). For more information on SACS, visit their website at http://www.sacs.org
What are the prerequisite courses for the program?
In addition to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, the following prerequisite courses are required for admission to the program: Anatomy & Physiology I with lab, Anatomy & Physiology II with lab, Introductory or General Psychology, Human Growth and Development/Lifespan (or equivalent course/s), Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, at least one Social or Behavioral Sciences elective, Medical Terminology. For more details on prerequisite course requirements go to: https://www.utep.edu/chs/ot/academic-programs/application-process.html
What do I upload into the catalog course description section in OTCAS?
This is an optional section for most, and only applies to those applicants who have an approved course substitution request.
Can I apply to the program before I have all prerequisite courses completed?
Yes. Students may apply to the program with no more than two prerequisite courses in progress at the time of their submission of application. Applicant must complete all prerequisite courses by the fall semester, December 2019. Note: only one of the two require A&P courses can be in progress in the fall of 2019.
Can any of the prerequisite courses be waived or substituted?
No prerequisite courses can be waived. However, any course that does not exactly meet the prerequisite requirement must be accompanied by the "Petition for Prerequisite Course Substitution Form" available on the following link: https://www.utep.edu/chs/ot/academic-programs/application-process.html
How many observation hours does the program require and do they have to be completed at a particular setting?
A minimum of 40 verifiable observation hours of therapy services with occupational therapy professionals. It is preferred that hours occur in more than one clinical setting. Please scan all sign-in sheets verified with an employee signature from each location where you volunteered with an OTR or COTA into one PDF file and upload onto one available slot in OTCAS.
Is the GRE required for admission to the program?
Yes. Scores must be submitted to OTCAS directly (using the DO Code 1218) no later than the application deadline.
What is the minimum GRE score?
There is no minimum score as the admissions committee considers the entire application requirements. Applicants are encouraged to perform optimally on the GRE in order to be competitive with other applicants. Average overall results on GRE scores for all those admitted into the UTEP MOT Program over the last three application cycles is 64.
How many students does the program admit per year?
The Program will admit up to 24 students per year.
Does the program require internships and will there be any expenses associated with them?
Yes. The program incorporates several fieldwork rotations (internships) into the curriculum. Any living expenses and/or travel costs are the responsibility of the student. Fieldwork rotations are scheduled by the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and may be completed anywhere in the nation.
What is the minimum GPA?
Overall 3.0 GPA is the minimum requirement. The overall GPA is based on calculation of all courses taken from all transcripts combined. All course is included to provide an overall GPA score and twhen a course is repeated once or more, all grades are included in the overall GPA calculation. For applicants with foreign coursework, averages are based on all coursework taken in and outside the US. The averageGPA score for all those admitted into the UTEP MOT Program over the last three application cycles is 3.6.
What else do I need to know?
Admission to the program is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check. If you have had a felony conviction, you may not be able to sit for the NBCOT OT certification exam. Additionally, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification is required prior to assignment to clinical rotation/fieldwork or service learning. All Program students must become members of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA).