Occupational Therapy Program Overview
The Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, located within the School of Education, Department of Kinesiology, was established in 1943. The Occupational Therapy Program is committed to the belief that each human being has the right to participate in self-selected, meaningful and culturally relevant occupations that contribute to or improve health and well-being and quality of life. Graduate education provides students with a foundation in theories of occupational science and behavior, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary for evidenced-based professional practice and research. The program strives to train students to become leaders within the profession.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the finest institutions of higher education in the nation. With its strong research tradition, commitment to learning and service, and a wealth of resources, students have multiple opportunities to pursue their interests. Madison, Wisconsin is also a great place to live. Surrounded by beautiful lakes, Madison is a culturally diverse city, offering numerous recreational opportunities and urban sophistication.
Entry-Level Professional Degree
- Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
For those individuals with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than occupational therapy who wish to pursue a career in occupational therapy.
Advanced degrees for Occupational Therapists
- MS and Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Occupational Science Track For those individuals already in the occupational therapy profession who have completed a masters degree and who seek further training in research and scholarly preparation.
Post-Professional Degree (OTD)
- The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (OTD) is a part-time, structured, predominantly online curriculum serving student need for distance access and flexibility in acquiring advanced practice skills.
In accordance with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) mandate that all certification for entry into the profession occur at the post-baccalaureate level by January 2007, the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has phased out the baccalaureate program in occupational therapy. Undergraduate students are no longer being accepted.
Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)
- UW-Madison Student Occupational Therapy Association monthly newsletter, SOTA Cracker
- UW-Madison Student Occupational Therapy Association website (under construction)
Pre-OT Student Organization (POTSO)-The UW-Madison undergraduate Pre-Occupational Therapy Student Organization (POTSO) is held on the first Tuesday of the month. For information on location check the TITU at Memorial Union. POTSO is a group for those interested in going into the field of occupational therapy. At meetings, we talk about volunteer opportunities, listen to guest speakers, and discuss OT as a career in general. The only requirements are $10 dues each semester, attending all but one meeting, and being an active participant in our volunteering and fundraising activities. There will be a group photo taken at the first meeting. Hope to see you there!
- Graduate Student Portal
- American Occupational Therapy Association
- Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association
- Student Life in Madison
The Occupational Therapy Program at UW-Madison has specific admission criteria for the graduate students. Prospective students are encouraged to carefully read the information prior to applying. Admission criteria can be found at the following links: