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Occupational Therapy

Ranked as one of the top programs in this country by U.S. News and World Report, our Occupational Therapy program has been renowned for the clinical expertise its graduates have brought to the professional setting for the past 35 years.

Temple University Occupational Therapy College of Public Health

Through a curriculum rich in theory, research, and reflective and critical thinking, our Occupational Therapy Program prepares students for clinical leadership, lifelong learning and evolution as professionals responsive to the changing needs of society.

The field identifies and addresses the aspects of injury or disability that prevent people from performing essential tasks or engaging in activities that are meaningful to them. Activities and adaptation are used to improve function, performance, independence and quality of life.


Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.)

The M.O.T. program is for practicing therapists or those with a baccalaureate degree in a related field.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

The post-professional Clinical Doctor of Occupational Therapy (D.O.T.) program is open to applicants who are certified as occupational therapists and who hold Master's degrees.

We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).


The Occupational Therapy program's philosophy is based on the belief that humans are occupational beings able to maximize their health and quality of life when engaged in meaningful activity. Throughout the life cycle, biological, psychological, social or environmental factors may interrupt the adaptive occupational process and create dysfunction. Occupational therapy empowers individuals to overcome dysfunction, make choices regarding occupational engagement, and optimize function and quality of life over the life span. The curriculum reflects the spectrum of occupational therapy theory and practice.