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Welcome to the Occupational Therapy Program


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.

In the past five years, OT faculty won more than $8 million in federal research grants from the National Institutes of Health.

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) ( For further information on accreditation status, graduation rates, and NBCOT certification exam results, click here.

Spotlight on OT


We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Gordon Giles will be our Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Caroline Thompson Lecture on September 28 starting at 5:00. Dr. Giles is a Professor at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland California and Director of Neurobehavioral Services at Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. and will be presenting on Two approaches to neurocognitive rehabilitation: Skills or strategies. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Contact the Program

Occupational Therapy Program


2120 Medical Science Center

1300 University Ave

Madison, WI 53706