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Doctorate of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy students are creative, patient and understanding and should be interested in helping others. Students will enjoy working with people of all ages with physical, emotional, or environmental challenges to help them participate more fully in life. Blending science, research, and art are important for students as they will be expected to help children and adults facing physical and mental challenges to be as active as possible at home, school, work, and play.


UTMB Occupational Therapy Doctorate 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: 301-652-6611. Website:

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Department News

  • Occupational Therapy students featured by AOTA in their research on Dry Needling practices.

    May 24, 2021, 09:21 AM by UTMB School of Health Professions

    The systematic review of students and faculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) on Dry Needling in OT Practice was featured in February 2021 by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) work. Led and mentored by OT faculty Drs. Claudia Hilton and April Cowan, students Rachel Bynum, Olivia Garcia, Emily Herbst, Mary Kossa and Katrina Liou completed the the systematic review as part of the requirements for their research courses.

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301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1142
O: SHP/SON 3.702
P: 409-772-3060
F: 409-747-1615

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