The Division of Occupational Therapy at the West Virginia University School of Medicine provides education to students as well as professionals in support of its mission to improve the health of people in West Virginia and beyond. We pride ourselves on providing a rigorous, diverse, challenging, and comprehensive educational experience in a student-centered environment.
Using the links to the right you have information for prospective students, current students, clinical educators, and professionals.
In response to rapidly changing environment within occupational therapy, WVU has initiated the process of developing an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program to complement its 2+3 MOT Program. Students pursuing the highly successful MOT will continue to spend the first two years completing pre-requisite coursework before applying to the program. Once admitted, students then complete 3 years in the OT Program. Admission to both programs is competitive and 20 students will be accepted to each program per year.
Please explore each degree option by clicking on the links to the right.
Graduates of the MOT 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 graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.
The WVU OTD program is in the “applicant stage" of accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Once candidacy status is granted, the OTD program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an onsite evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before graduates will be eligible to sit for the NBCOT examination. For additional information on accreditation, please click here to access ACOTE’s Prospective Applicant Letter.