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Occupational Therapy Graduate Program

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. 

The goal of our 2.5-year program is to provide you with current knowledge in the field and actively build your professional reasoning and problem-solving skills. Graduate well-prepared to deal with complex health and lifestyle challenges of today’s society. 

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

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Graduation and NBCOT Pass Rates

From 2013–2020, 216 students completed the UNM OT program with a graduation rate of 98%.  

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.

Our Mission, Vision and Core Values

The primary mission of the University of New Mexico Occupational Therapy Graduate Program is to:

  • Prepare competent, ethical, culturally sensitive and compassionate occupational therapists.
  • Foster the pursuit of scholarly inquiry and dissemination by students and faculty.
  • Influence occupational therapy practice through service to the community and profession.
  • Facilitate partnerships for innovation practice through education, scholarship and community service.
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 community.

 

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Community involvement
  • Innovation in education, scholarship and practice
  • Respect
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Promoting individuality
  • Responsiveness
  • Value diversity

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 Janet Werner, Student Success Specialist.

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

Cost of Attendance

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

 

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

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