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Graduate Occupational Therapy Programs

Get ready to join a growing and rewarding field

USAHS knows that students have unique goals and require different modes of study. That's why we offer both the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) programs in two formats: Flex and Residential.

Online coursework plus hands-on labs and fieldwork experiences

Five campus locations in 
Florida, California, and Texas

Program Description

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

If your main goal is to engage in clinical practice—helping people expand their capabilities to their fullest potential—the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) may be the best choice for you. Our MOT puts you in a position to launch your career and start making a difference sooner.

Online Coursework + Weekday Hands-on Labs
9 Trimesters
3 Years

Flex MOT2

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The USAHS Master of Occupational Therapy program is available in two tracks, Residential and Flex, and on four campuses: Austin, TX; San Marcos, CA; St. Augustine, FL; and Miami, FL. Both blend digital learning components with traditional on-campus, hands-on practice. As a result, you’ll interact with faculty and fellow classmates in more meaningful, significant, and effective ways.

Learning Experience

Residential MOT2

Online Coursework + Weekday Hands-on Labs
6 Trimesters
2 Years

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred, and other factors.

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USAHS Has an OT Program to Fit Your Life and Your Schedule.

Three starts per year: September, January, and May1

Occupational therapists make a big impact on people's lives, helping clients of all ages overcome physical, cognitive, or social deficits and engage in meaningful activities. Get your start in a field that's personally and professionally rewarding.

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Pursue a career that matters

Program Description

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Our entry-level doctoral program offers the same classes as the MOT, plus two additional trimesters focused on expanded roles in the profession. You will explore OT niches through research by completing a capstone project on a topic of your choice. A bachelors degree, not a masters, is needed for entry.

The USAHS Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is available in two formats: Residential on all five campus locations and Flex only on our Dallas, TX campus. Both blend digital learning components with traditional on-campus, hands-on practice. As a result, you’ll interact with faculty and fellow classmates in a more meaningful, significant and effective way.

Learning Experience

Residential OTD

Online Coursework + Weekday Hands-on Labs
8 Trimesters
2.7 Years

Online Coursework + Weekend Hands-on Labs
11 Trimesters
3.7 Years

Flex OTD3,4

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3,4Our Flex OTD program is currently offered in Dallas, TX only. Our Residential OTD program is available at all five of our campus locations.
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Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress, credits transferred, and other factors.

Take the first step toward becoming a licensed occupational therapist

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001, www.wascsenior.org, and maintains programmatic accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) on a campus-by-campus basis.

Three start dates are available for most programs. Start dates differ by program and campus combination.

The GRE is no longer required for admission to the USAHS OT programs.

The GRE is no longer required for admission to the USAHS OT programs.

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If your main goal is to practice as an occupational therapy clinician, the MOT degree is the fastest path to licensure. As a practicing OT, you can specialize in areas such as children and youth, rehabilitation, disability, mental health, and more. You may have the opportunity to be employed in a variety of locations including:

Who Should Pursue an MOT

  • Schools
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals


  • Government agencies
  • Home healthcare
  • Nursing homes

The OTD prepares you to practice in the same school and clinical settings as the MOT does. If you think you might ever want to pursue your OTD, you should do it now. It offers the same classes as the MOT, plus a capstone project and just two extra trimesters that focus on expanded roles in:

Who Should Pursue Their OTD

  • Leadership
  • Administration
  • Research


  • Advocacy and policy development
  • OT education 
  • Theory Development

OT Is Growing Fast

14% growth rate predicted from 2021 to 2031, with 18,600 new jobs added

Median annual pay: $85,570 in 2021

Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Occupational Therapists," Occupational Outlook Handbook, last modified Sept. 2022: www.bls.gov/ooh/