Occupational Therapy

Why study Occupational Therapy at TWU?

You’ll be prepared to meet occupational demands.

We produce graduates who improve the lives of clients, serve in our communities and teach the next generation of practitioners. Our master of occupational therapy degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

You’ll be part of a legacy.

There are more than 4,000 alumni from the TWU School of Occupational Therapy in Texas and around the world. Our alumni make significant contributions to the occupational therapy profession by providing leadership in practice, education and research. We are active in our communities and contribute in innovative ways, like training zookeepers and museum personnel on sensory friendly experiences, helping caregivers understand living with dementia, and empowering homeless individuals to have a voice.

You’ll make a difference.

Do you want to facilitate positive changes in the lives of clients, their families and caregivers? Would you like to serve in your community and advocate for client access to occupational therapy? Join us as we advance knowledge within the field and help people lead fulfilling lives.

Our Academic Programs

We offer three graduate occupational therapy programs at TWU. The entry-level master’s degree is face-to-face, and the post-professional doctorates are online and hybrid programs with periodic seminars on campus. The MOT degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

Explore our degrees.

Student Spotlight: Sandra Samy Awad

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Sandra, a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in Health Studies and recently returned from deployment just in time to start the MOT program. She chose TWU because of the many leadership opportunities available to our students and our military-friendly focus. At Texas Woman's, Sandra served as a TWU ambassador and a G Force mentor, inspiring high schoolers to go to college. 

Graduation Rates and Accreditation

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Graduation Year

Student Entering/Fall Graduation

Graduation Rate

2015 134/121 90%
2016 126/117 93%
2017 139/138 99%
Total 399/376 94%

Find out more about the School of Occupational Therapy's National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy data results

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the nbcot certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the nbcot certification examination or attain state licensure.

One School, Three Locations

The location may differ from Denton to Dallas to Houston, but the academic excellence of our programs remains the same. There are three front doors to an education from TWU’s School of Occupational Therapy and a robust online presence for students across the United States.

Denton Campus   |   Dallas Center   |   Houston Center

The TWU MOT Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-AOTA (2682)

Our Faculty

Our faculty pioneer adaptation research with global impact, create inclusive communities for persons with disabilities and create solutions to help people adapt in place and participate in life.

They consistently make clients lives more comfortable, encourage accessibility within their communities and teach students how to engage with their clients in mindful ways that promote physical, mental and social well-being. They are committed, passionate professionals and fierce advocates of the profession.

Our faculty are recognized as leaders in occupational therapy education and research, presenting their findings around the world. They’ve spent countless hours as practicing professionals and countless more educating others to do the same.

Faculty Bookshelf

Our faculty’s accomplishments extend far beyond the classroom. They regularly contribute scholarly works to advance the field of occupational therapy. Here are some of the latest examples:

  • Dimitropoulou, K. & Baxter, M. F. (2018). Neural basis of adaptation: Motivation, intention, resilience & goal-directed behaviors. In Grejo & Boiselle (Eds.) Occupation and Adaptation. SLACK, Inc.
  • Braveman, B., Bowyer, P. & Fogerty, E. (2018). Older workers and retirement. In Functional Performance in Older Adults. F.A. Davis.
  • Pickens, N. D. & Burns, S. P. (2018). Home modifications. In B. B. Schell & J. Schell (Eds.) Clinical and Professional Reasoning in Occupational Therapy, 2nd edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • *Chow, J. K., *McKay, M. H. & Pickens, N. D. (2019) End of life issues. In R. J. Gatchel, & C. Ray (Eds.) Handbook of Rehabilitation in Older Adults.
  • Pickens, N. D., Evetts, C. L. & Seaman, D. (2019). Physical and virtual environments. In B. A. B. Schell & G. Gillen (Eds.) Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy, 13th edition, Wolters Kluwer.
  • Barnekow, K. P. & Pickens, N. D. (2018). Introduction to occupation and co-occupation. In Brown, C. & Stoffel, G. (Eds.) Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for the Future, 2nd edition.

KEY: Faculty, *Students in the PhD program at the time of publication

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