Wisconsin's occupational therapy program

Concordia's occupational therapy program prepares students to obtain employment in a variety of healthcare settings. You’ll be prepared as an entry-level occupational therapist through didactic coursework and community-based clinical experiences including individual and group treatment sessions with pediatric and adult populations. Our multiple program options make stepping forward in your calling as an OT attainable no matter where you are in your journey.

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Tracks Offered
  • Accelerated
  • Bridge
  • Post-Baccalaureate
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Program Overview

You'll be prepared as an outstanding occupational therapist, ready to practice ethically, rooted in mind, body, and spirit as a graduate of Concordia's occupational therapy program. Whether you are an incoming freshman, current OTA, or post-baccalaureate student, we have you covered. Our multiple program pathways allow you to tailor your journey based on your current experience and long-term goals. Choose from one of our three occupational therapy program tracks to begin your program, then decide on the graduate OT program that will assist you in your long-term goal of becoming a master in occupational therapy. 

  1. Accelerated OT bachelor's - for incoming freshmen
    1. For incoming freshmen looking to earn a combined bachelor's and master's degree in occupational therapy
  2. OTA Bridge
    1. For OTAs with a degree looking to further their education and opportunities as an OTR
  3. Post-baccalaureate
    1. For those with a bachelor's degree in any subject area

Students in the MOT program will have the opportunity to explore the entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTDe) degree. At the conclusion of the second semester of the MOT program, students will be given the choice to continue in the MOT program or declare interest in the doctorate of occupational therapy program. Students who declare interest in the OTDe will be evaluated by OT faculty to determine eligibility to enroll in OTDe coursework.

What to Expect

Our occupational therapy curriculum offers you exposure to many real-world scenarios that will develop your skills to improve and enable people's ability to participate in their day-to-day occupations. You’ll have multiple opportunities for client contact, ranging from children to older adults, school systems to factories, and acute care to community wellness programs. Some of these experiences are clinical fieldwork placements, while others are client evaluation and consultation in a classroom or community setting. In your first year, you’ll begin working with clients in the community to put theory into practice.

The graduate occupational therapy degrees are full-time graduate professional programs taught in a blended format. Students interact with their classmates and professors online before and after in-person classes, which focus on active learning and/or lab activities. Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Graduation Outcomes
Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduation Graduation Rate
2019 67/59 88%
2020 68/47* 69%
2021 66/84* 127%
Total 201/190 94.5%

*Due to COVID-19, we had 21 students who had a delay in fieldwork placements. These students graduated in 2021, which has them completing the program within 150% of the published length of the program. This also increased the number of graduates in 2021. Program data specific to Concordia University Wisconsin's on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam can be found here.

Accreditation

The Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Licensure / Certifications
Graduates of the program may sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) located at One Bank St., Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, (301)-990-7979. Graduates who successfully complete the exam will receive the credentials: Occupational Therapist Registered OTR®. Please note that most states require additional licensure/certification to practice. Be forewarned that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

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