UNM Occupational Therapy Graduate Program Overview

UNM offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, a profession that therapeutically uses meaningful activities to improve health and well-being, enhance development, and prevent disabilities. An occupational therapist is involved in helping people learn or relearn the skills necessary to carry out the daily occupations of self-care, work/productivity and play/leisure that they need or want to do. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who have physical disabilities, emotional or behavioral problems, developmental delays or other disabilities. They also work to facilitate the health and well-being of people with and without disabilities in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes.
  • Public and private schools.
  • Community programs.
  • Mental health facilities.
  • Private practice and home health agencies.

Like the state of New Mexico, our graduate program is culturally rich and unique.  We are located in the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico, a research-intensive university. This creates an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation and discovery in the field of health care. The faculty within the OT program are nationally and internationally recognized for their research as well as their leadership in practice and education.

Our program provides students with current knowledge in the field, and also actively builds their professional reasoning and problem solving skills, so that they will enter the profession ready to deal with the complex lifestyle and health problems that occupational therapists address in their everyday work. We do this by making problem-based learning a key part of the curriculum from the very first semester in the program. We also make additional enrichment learning experiences available, such as special international fieldwork programs, interprofessional education programs, and elective courses that involve provision of services to local communities.