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Occupational Therapy Graduate Programs

The UNM Division of Occupational Therapy offers an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and a post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (ppOTD). 

Occupational therapists help people of all ages learn or relearn daily tasks for living. OTs teach patients who are physically, mentally or developmentally disabled skills to live better, more independent lives after illness or injury.  

 

Apply to the UNM Occupational Therapy Graduate Program to help children and adults regain their independence.  

 

 

The UNM Difference

Like the state of New Mexico, the UNM OT program is culturally rich and unique. UNM’s research-intensive environment creates an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation and discovery. 

We offer additional enrichment learning experiences, such as international fieldwork programsinterdisciplinary education programs and elective courses in which students serve local communities. 

Our Mission, Vision and Core Values

Our mission is to prepare culturally competent, ethical, and compassionate occupational therapists and leaders who design comprehensive and viable models of service delivery in community and healthcare settings. We model the use of occupation as a modality and an outcome to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities in New Mexico and beyond.  Our program is anchored in meaningful occupation; saturated in the history, philosophy, culture, science, and application of occupation and occupational therapy; and utilizes research to facilitate critical reasoning.  Our program values and supports the education of the New Mexico practice community and cultivation of community relationships to further promote best-practice and occupation-based interventions.

Through education, scholarship and service, the University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program facilitates individuals’ wellness, productivity, participation and quality of life of people within their communities.

 

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Community Involvement
  • Compassion
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Innovation in Education, Scholarship, and Practice Integrity
  • Personal and Professional Growth
  • Respect
  • Responsiveness

 

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Graduation and NBCOT Pass Rates

2018-2020 Graduation Retention and NBCOT Exam pass rates

Graduation Year

Number of students admitted

Number of graduates

Graduation Rate

NBCOT pass rate (%)

2020

30

30

100%

100%

2019

30

30

100%

100%

2018

33

31

94%

97%

3 Year Total

93

91

98%

99%

 

Our National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) program results can be found online. Only program graduates are eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam.  

Accreditation

The UNM Occupational Therapy Graduate 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
301-652-6611

www.acoteonline.org

 

 

UNM Occupational Therapy faculty and students inspire me to implement mindful and best practice. I am prepared to advocate for high quality personalized care, for all, for the rest of my career.

Samantha A. Martinez, Class of 2022

OT HRSA Scholarship Grant

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded the UNM OT Program a grant to support student scholarships, effective 2020 to 2025.  The award provides financial relief to students who come from disadvantaged economic or environmental backgrounds.  

Students may qualify if they have:

  • Received a Pell grant for an undergraduate degree and or being a first-generation college student,
  • Attended a high school with low graduation rates and/or where the majority of students received free or reduced lunch, or
  • Qualified as having a financial need based on the FAFSA

Students who receive this award will be given funds covering at a minimum 50% of tuition, and possibly more, depending on need and available resources.

Learn more about the grant. Email Sara Padilla, Student Success Specialist

Pay In-State Tuition

Establish residency in New Mexico and pay in-state tuition rates. After 12-months, you can petition for in-state tuition classification. If you and a spouse or significant other relocated to New Mexico and work in a permanent full-time position, you may not need to complete the 12-month requirement for residency.

Even if You're from Out-of-State

Cost of Attendance

We understand that occupational therapy school is a major investment of your time, energy, focus, and finances. We want to provide you with all the possible resources to offset your educational expenses. Majority of our students receive some form of financial aid - scholarship, grant, loan, work study, or graduate assistant position. 

 

Explore Your Options

 

 

New Mexico Residents

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Total Cost of Program *

Tuition/Fees

$14,632

$13,169

$11,706

$39,507

Student Fees

$1,159

$1,159

$505

$2,823

Books/Supplies**

$1,710

$1,710

$855

$4,275

Transportation

$1,994

$1,994

$997

$4,985

Loan Fees

$162

$162

$81

$405

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

$19,657

$18,194

$14,144

$51,995

 

 

Non-

Residents

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Total Cost of Program *

Tuition/Fees

$35,776

$32,198

$28,620

$96,594

Student Fees

$1,159

$1,159

$505

$2,823

Books/Supplies**

$1,710

$1,710

$855

$4,275

Transportation

$1,994

$1,994

$997

$4,985

Loan Fees

$162

$162

$81

$405

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

$40,801

$37,223

$31,058

$109,082

 

Amounts are based on 2021-2022 tuition rates and fees which are subject to change. 

*Tables illustrate cost of the 2 ½ year program and have been rounded up to whole dollars.

**Students are responsible for securing all required resources in preparation for and during Level I and Level II Fieldwork rotations including but not limited to transportation, physical examinations and associated testing (e.g., drug screen), health insurance, background checks and clearances, parking, housing, food, and clothing.

Refer to the web site for the current tuition rates and fees

There are also additional fees for certification and licensing.

NBCOT Exam expenses 

State of New Mexico Licensing Board (505) 476-4940

Office Location

Physical Address
2500 Marble Avenue NE
Albuquerque, NM  87131

Phone: (505) 272-1753
Fax: (505) 272-3583

Social Media
 

Mailing Address
UNM School of Medicine
Occupational Therapy
Graduate Program
MSC09 5240
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM  87131