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 country 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, the OT faculty have received more than $8 million in federal research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Read about exciting research by our faculty and students under the "RESEARCH" tab above.

We are honored that U.S. News and World Report ranked our program No. ​14 out of ​163 OT programs in the nation in its most recent ranking of graduate OT programs.

100 percent certification test pass rate
For ​four consecutive years, UW-Madison Occupational Therapy students have achieved a perfect first-time pass rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) test.

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


Brittany St. John, MS-OT student, receives NBCOT Endowed Scholarship at AOTA

Brittany St. John, a UW-Madison MS-OT student, was selected to receive a National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Endowed Scholarship.  Scholarship winners were announced at the 2016 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference.  ​This honor acknowledges her hard work and promise as a leader in the profession of occupational therapy.

Dr. Travers receives Hartwell Foundation Award to Study Autism

Dr. Brittany Travers, an assistant professor in the OT Program, Department of Kinesiology received a 3-year grant from the Hartwell Foundation to fund a project titled, “Beyond the Cerebrum: Multimodal Imaging of the Brainstem in Autism Spectrum Disorder." Dr. Travers’ research aims to determine whether bolstering of motor skills among people with autism reduces the severity of their symptoms by changing the brain. The Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award will provide support for her efforts for three years at $100,000 per year. Read the full article »

Online, post-professional OTD now accepting applications!

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 was approved by the University System’s Board of Regents at its December 2015 and students may begin their studies during the summer/fall of 2016. 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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