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Division of Occupational Therapy

In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the life span participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Find out more at the American Occupational Therapy Association.


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


The total number of graduates from the UNM Occupational Therapy Graduate Program during the academic years for the seven-year period of 2013 - 2019 was 185 with an overall graduation rate of 98%.  Only program graduates are eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online.  Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Student Testimonials

"The Occupational Therapy Graduate Program is giving me the opportunity to participate in a career that empowers people to take control of their health, which is so important considering our current state of health in the United States. The group of students and faculty of the OT program are passionate, caring, and hardworking. It has been my pleasure to be part of such an amazing movement."
Elisa Dry MA, MOTS '17

"I love UNM's OT program because of the wonderful staff that supports you throughout your journey to become an OT. They are caring and thoughtful, giving you the just right challenge consistently."
Tianna Redstrom, MOTS '18

"So the OT program has been quite a challenge in so many good ways- I feel like I have learned so much. There so many areas to choose from based on what we are learning about. I am super grateful for faculty support and professional expertise that guides us through this process."
Margarita Ortega y Gómez, MOTS '17

"This program has been amazing. All of the professors are very knowledgeable and passionate about OT work and it shows in their teachings."
Cassandra Valdez, MOTS '17