Texas offers diverse graduate programs in occupational therapy from schools in several different cities, including Dallas, Waco, El Paso and Galveston. Master's programs are usually offered full-time and include practicum experiences, while doctoral programs may be offered part-time and allow for further specialization in the field. Explore the different program options and some of their graduation requirements.
Schools in Texas with Graduate Degree Programs in Occupational Therapy
Texas Woman's University
Texas Woman's University has locations in Denton, Dallas and Houston and offers an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), post-professional Clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Therapy. The MOT program totals 83 credits, can be completed in 28 months and requires 2 different fieldwork experiences that are completed full-time. The OTD program totals 33 credits, is in a part-time format so students can continue to work professionally, requires a doctoral capstone project and allows students to further specialize in a particular area of interest. The PhD program requires 90 credits for master's and doctoral coursework and a dissertation, can be completed in 4 to 6 years and mostly consists of online coursework, but requires on-campus visits to the Dallas or Houston centers once or twice a semester.
Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University in Lubbock has an MOT program that requires 88 credit hours. Students in the program participate in Level I and Level II fieldwork for hands-on clinical training. They also learn through lab exercises, case studies and concept mapping as well as complete a professional seminar during their final semester. Students in the program may choose to participate in the school's Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) for leadership, community service and professional development opportunities.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston offers an MOT program, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Occupational Therapy (OT) to OTD (post-professional) or MOT to OTD program (post-professional). The MOT program can be completed in 2 years, totals 82 credits and requires a total of 120 fieldwork hours for hands-on learning. The BS in OT to OTD program is an online, part-time program that can be completed in 2 years, totals 40 credits and requires 2 on-campus visits. The MOT to OTD program follows the same format for the BS in OT to OTD, but only requires 34 credits.
The University of Texas at El Paso
The University of Texas at El Paso provides an MOT program that takes 2.5 years to finish. A maximum of 24 students are admitted each year to the program and the program prepares students for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam. Students in the program must complete 2 distinct clinical internships (fieldwork rotations) that are each 12 weeks long. The fieldwork rotations can take place anywhere in the country, and therefore, students are responsible for their own living expenses.
Baylor University in Waco has a unique online, post-professional OTD program that requires 30 semester hours. The program can be completed in 1 to 2 years and offers a clinical track or teaching track. Students in the clinical track may also choose to pursue advanced certification in hand therapy, pain science, pediatrics or geriatrics and must travel to complete a 2-day in-person training. Coursework for both tracks include topics in program evaluation, evidence-based practice, professional development and advances in the field and requires students to complete capstone experiences.
Common Entrance Requirements
Admission requirements for graduate programs in occupational therapy in Texas vary slightly based on the level of the degree. Most programs at both the master's and doctoral levels require students to have at least a bachelor's degree and submit their official transcripts, letters of recommendation and a personal statement with their application. Master's degree programs usually also require students to meet a minimum GPA and submit GRE scores and clinical evaluations and/or observation hours in the field. Master's programs also typically require prerequisite coursework in areas such as statistics, abnormal psychology, anatomy, physiology and biomechanics/physics/kinesiology. Doctoral programs may require applicants to include a resume or CV, a copy of their current occupational therapy license, work experience and/or a personal statement and these programs may include an interview process.
Occupational therapy programs are available at the master's and doctoral levels in Texas and some programs, typically at the doctoral level, may offer flexible online or hybrid formats. All of these programs usually include some hands-on learning experiences and provide training in different areas of the field.