University of Washington Division of Occupational Therapy

Master of Occupational Therapy

Excellence in Education, Excellence in Practice

occupational therapy students learn in a classroom at University of Washington

Photo Credit: Paige MacPherson

The University of Washington Master of Occupational Therapy (UW MOT) degree is a two-year program of rigorous academic coursework integrated with fieldwork education. We are ranked in the top 12% of OT programs in the nation by the US News & World Report. As an OT program located within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, we offer students several unique benefits:

  • A 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Each of the 24 students we admit per year receives personal attention from expert faculty. Our students develop strong camaraderie with their cohort and work together with faculty and staff to sustain a collaborative Community of Learning.
  • An interdisciplinary curriculum that emulates real-world occupational therapy practice. Our students have the opportunity to take required and elective coursework with students from other health disciplines.
  • Authentic, immersive community-based Clinical Learning Experiences. In addition to their fieldwork education, our students engage with clients in real-life settings through course assignments and a year-long capstone Graduate Project where they work in small groups to develop and implement programs in response to community needs. View our recent MOT Graduate Projects.
  • Automatic qualification for Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certification.  Our graduates qualify for ESA Certification in the State of Washington so they can take jobs working with children in the public school system with no additional training.

Our graduates are qualified to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam. Those who pass are credentialed as Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) and eligible for state licensure. *A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure. An individual who is considering entering, or who has already entered, an occupational therapy educational program can have their background reviewed prior to actually applying for the exam by requesting an Early Determination Review. Each early review case is reviewed on an individual basis. After NBCOT has completed its review, the individual is notified in writing regarding whether he/she will be eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam, provided all eligibility requirements are met.

Student Outcomes

We have a 100% graduation rate. During the 3-year period of 2016 through 2019, every one of the 73 students enrolled in our program graduated and passed the NBCOT exam.  Certification exam results can also be found on the NBCOT website.


Graduation Year Students Entering/ Graduating Graduation Rate
2016-17 24/24 100%
2017-18 25/25 100%
2018-19 24/24 100%
TOTAL 73/73 100%

Accreditation Status

ACOTEAccredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone c/o AOTA: (301) 652-AOTA

Accreditation through this national professional organization ensures that our graduates meet the national standards to become highly skilled occupational therapists. Our program received a 10-year certificate of accreditation in 2011; these are granted to programs that have no areas of noncompliance and have demonstrated exceptional educational quality. Annual written reports for the program are submitted every year and the next full accreditation self-study report and on-site accreditation visit will be held in 2021-22.