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About Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists provide skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives; occupational therapy is also one of the fastest growing health professions. Our students have had 100 percent placement rate after graduation, joining MU alumni in patient care or management positions in schools, hospitals, specialized clinics, nursing homes and other health-care agencies.


MISSION: The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy at University of Missouri is to improve the health and well-being of society by assisting people to optimize their participation in everyday life occupations. We achieve this mission through the integration of: (1) our professional education of clinically innovative occupational therapists prepared to meet the dynamic occupational needs of people and communities across the lifespan; (2) our steadfast commitment to service to our community and our profession; (3) our evidence-based practice; and (4) our commitment to scholarship, discovery and clinical research to advance our profession.

VISION: We envision that the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Missouri will be a globally renowned leader in occupational therapy exemplified by innovation and excellence in clinical education, service, practice and scholarship.

The MU Occupational Therapy Department
Offers an entry level Master of Occupational Therapy Degree (MOT)

  • All students interested in attending the professional OT Program at MU are required to apply and be accepted before they can attend OT classes.
  • Professional courses include 6 semesters, including 2 summer semesters and fieldwork
  • All students begin coursework in summer
  • Degreed students entering the program may opt to take initial courses as graduate credit
  • Completion of all coursework culminates in a combined BHS-OT/MOT from MU
  • The semester after bachelor's degrees are awarded, all students begin graduate courses
  • Once all coursework is completed a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree is awarded
  • Master degree enables students to sit for national exam and once licensed, eligibility to practice in USA

The Department of Occupational Therapy will not be accepting applications for 2016-2017 due to the transition of our curriculum to graduate-entry only. For 2018 Summer acceptance: Entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy Degree (MOT) see Coursework and prerequisites