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Master of Occupational Therapy
The Western New Mexico University Masters of Occupational Therapy Program accepts applications on a year round basis for fall admission. The program is designed to bridge the education for the Occupational Therapy Assistant to the Masterís entry level. Our innovative curriculum offers on-line courses with occasional weekend laboratory experiences.
If you already have a bachelorís degree and you are a COTA, see if you have the pre-requisites needed to get started. If you need a bachelorís degree, you might want to check out the Bachelor of Arts in Rehabilitation Services (an on-line degree).
Find out more here about the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.
The COTA to MOT program class size is limited to 20 students per year. Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed as they are received. The deadline for admission is April 1 for the fall class of the same year. Decisions will be made by May 15 and all applicants will then be notified as to their status. If you have any questions, please call WNMU admissions at 575.538.6000 or the Department of Allied Health at 575.538.6442. If you prefer to communicate by e-mail you may request admissions information.
The mission of the Occupational Therapy Program is consistent with the missions of Western New Mexico University and the Department of Allied Health. The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program prepares students to meet the challenges of providing entry-level occupational therapy services in established and emerging areas of practice. Emphasis is placed on cultural diversity, rural and regional healthcare, effective implementation of evidence based practice, and an appreciation for life-long learning.
The entry-level occupational therapy masterís degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at:
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200,
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (www.nbcot.org) . After successful completion of the exam, they receive the title of Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). As of January 2013 the WNMU MOT Program will have graduated two cohorts, cohorts of 20 are admitted each Fall. Current number of graduates is 15. Currently out of a total of 14 Graduates who have taken the NBCOT exam our pass rate is 62%.