Occupational Therapy School Guide

Occupational Therapy School Guide

In your journey to becoming an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, you will want to begin honing in on which schools are right for you. 

In this post, we’ll look at OT and OTA schools by the numbers, outline some considerations, then showcase the alumni from multiple OT schools around the country. 

OT School by the Numbers

According to ACOTE there are currently 470 accredited occupational therapy programs in the United States. These include doctorate-level OT programs, master’s level OT programs, and occupational therapy assistant programs. 

Per the last report there are currently about 23,000 students in school to become occupational therapists and 7,000 in school to become an occupational therapy assistants.

How easy is it to get admitted to OT school?

It’s good to see the big-picture numbers, but the big question is: What are YOUR chances of getting in. Roughly, you have about a 20% chance of getting into an OT program. And, a 50% chance of getting admitted to an OTA program. 

Here are the exact numbers for a 2021 report:

10,361 applications were submitted to doctoral level OT programs. 

  • 2,405 students were admitted. 

26,362 applications were submitted to masters-level OT programs. 

  • 6,137 were admitted. 

8,987 applications were submitted to associate-level OTA programs.

  • 4,746 were admitted.

Which type of occupational school is right for you?

Before you look at specific programs, you need to decide which TYPE of program is right for you.  

I highly recommend our article Which OT Degree? if you are considering being an occupational therapist. This will help you decide between masters and doctorate level degrees. (Sadly we do not yet have a piece about OTA degrees.)

You’ll also want to decide if you are looking for a traditional full-time program or another format like weekends, evenings, or blended. Roughly 75% of programs follow the traditional format. 

Lastly, Before you even apply, I also encourage you to start thinking through how you will manage your debt

Which OT schools should you apply to? 

OK, now you’re ready to look into specific programs, we’ve provided a list of programs attended by people on the OT Directory

You can find a complete list of programs on the ACOTE site, but we chose to feature these, because you can head into our directory and see the work that alumni from these schools are doing! (We just launched this directory in early 2023—and look forward to it continuing to grow!) 

Partner OT Schools

NYU OT Steinhardt

See the NYU OT Directory →

Nebraska Methodist College

See the Nebraska Methodist College Directory →

Schools Found on the OT Directory

A.T. Still University | Alumni Directory

Alvernia University | Alumni Directory

American International College | Alumni Directory

Augusta University | Alumni Directory

Barry University | Alumni Directory

Boston University | Alumni Directory

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences | Alumni Directory

Calvin University | Alumni Directory

Chatham University | Alumni Directory

Cleveland State University | Alumni Directory

College of Saint Mary | Alumni Directory

Colorado State University | Alumni Directory

Columbia University | Alumni Directory

Creighton University | Alumni Directory

Dalhousie University | Alumni Directory

Dominican University New York | Alumni Directory

Duquesne University | Alumni Directory

East Carolina University | Alumni Directory

Eastern Kentucky University | Alumni Directory

Eastern Michigan University | Alumni Directory

Eastern Washington University | Alumni Directory

Elizabethtown College | Alumni Directory

Florida International University | Alumni Directory

Governors State University | Alumni Directory

Grand Valley State University | Alumni Directory

Husson University | Alumni Directory

Indiana State University | Alumni Directory

Kean University | Alumni Directory

Keiser University-Ft. Lauderdale | Alumni Directory

Medical University of South Carolina | Alumni Directory

MGH Institute of Health Professions | Alumni Directory

Misericordia University | Alumni Directory

Nebraska Methodist College | Alumni Directory

New York Institute of Technology | Alumni Directory

New York University | Alumni Directory

Northern Arizona University | Alumni Directory

Nova Southeastern University-Ft. Lauderdale | Alumni Directory

Pacific University | Alumni Directory

Pima Medical Institute-Denver | Alumni Directory

Quinnipiac University | Alumni Directory

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions | Alumni Directory

Rush University | Alumni Directory

Springfield College | Alumni Directory

St. Catherine University | Alumni Directory

Texas Woman’s University | Alumni Directory

Thomas Jefferson University-Center City Campus | Alumni Directory

Towson University | Alumni Directory

Tufts University | Alumni Directory

University at Buffalo | Alumni Directory

University of British Columbia | Alumni Directory

University of Illinois Chicago | Alumni Directory

University of Kansas Medical Center | Alumni Directory

University of Medical Sciences Arizona | Alumni Directory

University of Missouri | Alumni Directory

University of Nebraska Medical Center | Alumni Directory

University of New Hampshire | Alumni Directory

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill | Alumni Directory

University of Pittsburgh | Alumni Directory

University of South Dakota | Alumni Directory

University of Southern California | Alumni Directory

University of Southern Indiana | Alumni Directory

University of Southern Maine at Lewiston-Auburn College | Alumni Directory

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences-Austin Campus | Alumni Directory

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences-California Campus | Alumni Directory

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences-Dallas Campus | Alumni Directory

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences-St. Augustine Campus | Alumni Directory

University of Washington | Alumni Directory

University of Wisconsin-Madison | Alumni Directory

Utica University | Alumni Directory

Washington University in St. Louis | Alumni Directory

Wayne State University | Alumni Directory

Western Michigan University | Alumni Directory

Winston-Salem State University | Alumni Directory

Xavier University | Alumni Directory

York College | Alumni Directory


We hope this post has given you new insight into the OT school options out there. If you have any questions that were not answered, please drop them below!

If you haven’t checked out our Become an OT and Which OT Degree posts, we highly recommend them for further reading on this topic!

2 replies on “Occupational Therapy School Guide”

Hi Tammy, great question. Yes, at this point we are listing the universities that alumni (or current students) have tagged themselves as having attended in the directory. This way there is an alumni directory for each school listed. Thank you!

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