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Occupational Therapy


The Temple University Program in Occupational Therapy’s mission is to educate students, support practitioners, nurture educators, and stimulate researchers who can apply and reflect on contemporary practice yet imagine innovative occupational therapy roles. Through education, practice, service, and research, our goal is to serve persons, populations, and organizations to ensure access, opportunity, and participation in society for all. 


Ranked as one of the top programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report, the Temple University Occupational Therapy program is renowned for innovative expertise its faculty and graduates have brought to healthcare practice, educational settings, and the community for the past 47 years.

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

The entry-level MOT program prepares individuals to be eligible for the national board certification examination. An individual with a baccalaureate degree is eligible to apply for admission to the program.

Clinical Doctorate in of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

The post-professional OTD program prepares individuals to apply advanced practice in a variety of clinical, administrative, and community situations.

Post-Professional Certificate in Occupational Therapy

The post-professional certificate in occupational therapy prepares individuals with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy or an entry-level Certificate in Occupational Therapy for graduate level studies at Temple University’s Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy program.

The Temple University Occupational Therapy Program is 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.