Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)

University of Mississippi

Occupational Therapy

animation of an occupational therapist helping a man sitting at a table learning to regain movement in his arm

Occupational therapy students will pursue an Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree (OTD). This is a terminal degree that takes 3 years of occupational therapy school after you earn your bachelor’s degree.  Preparation for occupational therapy school involves curricular and extracurricular experiences which demonstrate communication, leadership, community service, and familiarity with the occupational therapy profession.

The University of Mississippi Occupational Therapy program is housed at our sister campus, University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, MS.


To enter occupational therapy school, you will need:

  • Bachelors degree in any major that you choose,
  • Experience in a occupational therapy setting, such as shadowing an occupational therapist,
  • A competitive Graduate Records Exam (GRE) score,
  • Letters of evaluation that address personal qualities and characteristics of the applicant, and
  • Evidence of leadership and community involvement.

It’s never too early to start thinking about preparation for occupational therapy school.