Department of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy students taking notes in class.

Why study occupational therapy at Missouri State?

Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan to promote and facilitate participation in all aspects of daily life through the therapeutic use of occupations (life activities). The program prepares graduates to practice in a variety of settings such as hospitals, homes, private practices, rehabilitation facilities, schools, community and governmental agencies, industry, and education or research centers.


The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree 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-AOTA and its Web address is Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. 

Graduation rate

The total number of graduates from the Missouri State University Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2018-2020 was 73 with an overall graduation rate of 99%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2018 25/25 100%
2019 23/24 96%
2020 25/25 100%
Total 73/74 99%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at

Outstanding facilities

The MOT Program is housed within the McQueary College of Health and Human Services, providing exposure to and collaboration with multiple disciplines. Construction of the O'Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center, the state-of-the art facility that houses the program, was completed in Fall, 2015. Classrooms, collaborative student spaces, and laboratories offer students the opportunity to learn in simulated real-world settings, including access to high fidelity mannequins and a rehabilitation courtyard that is utilized for education, research, and treatment. The program is guided by expert faculty members, with extensive clinical experience in diverse settings spanning the lifespan from the neonatal intensive-care unit to geriatrics.

Remarkable education

The occupational therapy program promotes learning through experience -- with insight from dedicated faculty, expert advising and clinical training.


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