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Department of Occupational Therapy

The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to guide students in integrating academic knowledge, community engagement, and clinical experiences, with the goal of graduating outstanding practitioners who are committed to leadership and evidence-based practice.


The UTHSC Occupational Therapy Program was initially accredited as a Bachelor of Science Program and graduated its first class in 1990. The program transitioned to a Master’s Degree in 2007. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as occupational therapists.

The UTHSC MOT program now subscribes to the new Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service, known as OTCAS. Applicants for the entering class need to apply online using the OTCAS application. The early admissions cycle deadline is January 5, and the deadline for the standard admissions cycle is March 5. To learn more about the OTCAS application process and to get started, please go to the OTCAS website at Once processed, the Admissions Committee looks forward to receiving your application.

100% NBCOT exam pass-rate within first year after program completion
100% Program graduation rate (2019)
100% Job placement within three months of graduation

UTHSC MOT Program Graduation Rates 2015-2019

Graduation Year Entering/Graduating Students  Graduation Rate
2019 37/37 100%
2018 37/36 97%
2017 36/36 100%
2016 36/33 92%
2015 27/26 96%
Total 173/168 97%

The occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

Click on the following link to view the UTHSC NBCOT exam pass-rates within the first year after program completion.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy


Last Published: Apr 6, 2020