Curriculum

Our program consists of 24 months of professional academic preparation plus six months (two semesters) of full-time fieldwork in the community. Students must complete 84 hours to meet graduation requirements: 

  • Core professional curriculum: 81 credit hours 
  • Elective course work: minimum 3 credit hours  

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student is awarded a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree and is eligible to take the National Certification Examination for Registration as an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. 

Required Courses

You can find full course descriptions in the UNM University Catalog. For more information about fieldwork requirements, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has compiled answers to common fieldwork questions.  

 

Fall Year 1 

 

 

OCTH 514L 

Introduction to Occupation and Health 

3 credits 

OCTH 524L 

Kinesiology of Occupation – w/PBL 

3 credits 

OCTH 534 

Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice 

4 credits 

OCTH 544L 

Occupation Across the Life Span 

5 credits 

OCTH 594 

Graduate Seminar A- Orientation 

1 credit 

Total 

 

16 credits 

Spring Year I 

 

 

OCTH 522L 

Neuroanatomy 

3 credits 

OCTH 554L 

Relationship Centered Care 

2 credits 

OCTH 564L 

Appl Occ I-Orthopedic Practice – w/PBL 

6 credits 

OCTH 634L 

Neuroscience of Occupation 

2 credits 

OCTH 594 

Graduate Seminar B 

1 credit 

Total 

 

14 credits 

 Summer Year 1 

 

 

OCTH 614L 

Appl Occ III-Psychosocial Practice 

5 credits 

Total 

 

5 credits 

 Fall Year 2 

 

 

OCTH 604L 

Appl Occ II-Neurological Practice- w/PBL 

5 credits 

OCTH 624L 

Advocacy, Communication & Leadership 

3 credits 

OCTH 654 

Organization & Administration 

2 credits 

OCTH 594 

Graduate Seminar C 

1 credit 

Total 

 

11 credits 

 Spring Year 2 

 

 

OCTH 664L 

Appl Occ IV-Pediatric Practice- w/PBL 

6 credits 

OCTH 674L 

Community Health 

4 credits 

OCTH 594 

Graduate Seminar D 

1 credit 

Total 

 

11 credits 

Masters Examination: Occupational Therapy Student Performance Assessment (OTSPA) 

 Summer Year 2 

 

 

OCTH 675 

Fieldwork Level II 

 

Total 

 

 

 Fall Year 3 

 

 

OCTH 675 

Fieldwork Level II 

12 credits 

Total 

 

12 credits 

Total number of hours to complete degree requirements 

 84 Credit Hours