UW-Madison OT Program - ABOUT

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Main Office

Occupational Therapy
School of Education
2120 Medical Sciences Center
1300 University Avenue
MadisonWI  53706-1639

Tel: 608/262-2936
Fax: 608/262-1639

Email: otoffice@education.wisc.edu
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A Force for Change: Transforming Lives Through Occupation

The Occupational Therapy (OT) Program in UW-Madison's Department of Kinesiology is one of the most successful in the U.S. due to our outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni; cutting-edge basic and applied research; and degree program quality. Learn about our degree programs under the "ACADEMICS" tab above.

In the past five years, OT faculty won more than $8 million in federal research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Read about exciting research by faculty and students under the "RESEARCH" tab above.

We are honored that U.S. News & World Report ranked our Program ​14th of ​163 U.S. programs in its most recent ranking of graduate OT programs.

100 percent First-time Certification-test Pass-rate
For ​five consecutive years, all of our OT graduates passed on their first try at the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

UW-Madison entry-level MS-OT Program is accredited (2008-2018) by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) (www.acoteonline.org). For further information on accreditation status, graduation rates, and NBCOT certification exam results, click here.


Latest edition of 'OT Matters' newsletter

2016 OT Matters
The latest issue of “OT Matters,” the annual news publication for alumni and friends of UW-Madison's Occupational Therapy program, was mailed out in late August.


The cover story of the Summer 2016 edition puts a spotlight on the work of Brittany Travers, an assistant professor with UW-Madison’s OT Program who is conducting cutting-edge research on motor skills among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Travers’ work is so highly regarded, that in May she received a prestigious Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Autism Research.

“People with autism have so many gifts that are underutilized in our society,” says Travers. “My goal is to find a neuroscience-based, therapeutic intervention that can help people with autism reach their full potential.”

A pdf of this latest print edition of “OT Matters” is available here.

OT Use of Tablets Survey
Meanwhile, Travers and Debbie Bebeau, a clinical instructor and fieldwork coordinator with UW-Madison’s OT Program, are conducting a survey study to establish how professionals in the occupational therapy field utilize tablets and other mobile devices in clinical practice.

By participating in this confidential survey, which takes about 10 minutes, you will be providing valuable information that could lead to a better understanding of how, when, and why tablets are being used with clients.

To complete the survey, please visit this web page.

We would greatly appreciate if you shared this survey with your colleagues and other occupational therapists. If you have any questions related to the survey, please contact Dr. Brittany Travers at btravers@wisc.edu or 608-263-0282.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Online, post-professional OTD now accepting applications for 2017 cohort!

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Occupational Therapy Program is now admitting occupational therapists eager to retool and advance their careers through a part-time, online OTD degree. The new program launched its first cohort in 2016 and new students may apply to begin their studies during the summer of 2017. Further details are available here.

Celebrating OT Milestones

The OT Program will celebrate its 75th Anniversary and the 100th Anniversary of the profession in 2017-2018. A brief video with Dr. Barbara Kornblau ('77) tells about the event and how you can get involved.

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