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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) professionals provide services to people of all ages with physical, mental, developmental or emotional disabilities. Assessment and treatment focus on developing an individual’s capacity to function independently in self-care, leisure or work activities at home and in the community.

We offer a 3-year undergraduate/graduate Master’s in Occupational Therapy program. This program is also known as a 2 + 3. Students typically complete two years of prerequisite courses and then apply to the program. Students also can apply to the program after they have completed a bachelor’s degree and the prerequisite courses.

Students receive two degrees during the program: a Bachelor of Arts in Human Performance and Health (after the first two years) and a Master’s of Occupational Therapy (MOT) at the end of the program. Our program begins in June of each year and accepts 40 students a year.

Career Profile

Occupational therapists work in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, skilled nursing homes, private practice and health sciences research. Graduates are trained to work in all settings. We have a high first-time pass rate on the National Board Exam, which is required of all graduates to practice. We also have a 95-98% graduation rate. Our alumni enjoy a 100% employment rate. National trends show the job market for licensed OT graduates continues to be excellent.

Salary Range

$65,000 – $75,000

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

BIOL 101/103 General Biology I & Lab, BIOL 102/104 General Biology II & Lab, COMM 100 Principles of Human Communications and COMM 102 Human Communication in the Interpersonal Context, ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric, MATH 126 College Algebra, MATH 128 Plane Trigonometry, PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology, PSYC 241 Introduction To Human Development, SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology or SOCA 105 Introduction to Anthropology, WVUE 191 First Year Seminar

Senior Year

During the final year of the program, OT students take a full schedule of occupational therapy courses.

By the Numbers

Facts and figures that make this major unique:

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

WVU’s Division of Occupational Therapy has been granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, phone 301-652-AOTA. The program at WVU was initially awarded accreditation in 1998 and awarded reaccreditation in 2013. The next scheduled onsite visit for accreditation will be 2023-2024. More information can be found at

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