General Information

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is the first and the only entry-level professional program in Occupational Therapy in Puerto Rico
Occupational Therapy that prepares occupational therapist at the master level. Graduates with baccalaureate degrees in disciplines other than Occupational Therapy can become occupational therapists through this program. This program is offered in Spanish. Occupational Therapy is a profession whose focus is on enabling a person or a group of persons to access and participate in activities that are meaningful, purposeful, and relevant to their lives, roles, and sense of well-being. It helps people to be productive and to have satisfying lives. Occupational therapists consider occupation to be everything people do to occupy themselves, including taking care and supporting themselves and others, work, education, play, enjoying life (leisure) and social participation with family, friends, colleagues and in the community in general. Occupational Therapy focus on improving performance, preventing illness and disability, and promoting adaptation to life changes. Occupational therapists assess, utilize, and adapt everyday activities to improve function, enhance performance, promote health, prevent illness, and increase independence in those persons to whom they provide services. Occupational therapists examine not only the physical effects of an injury or disease, but also address the psycho-social, community and environmental factors that influence function.

Occupational therapists work in a range of settings including: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient centers, mental health centers, schools, pediatric clinics, community centers, workplaces, skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, home health and in private practice. They provide services in all areas of occupation in which people engage in their everyday activities.

The academic program is offered in Spanish. It is a full-time, two years and a half in length. Two years are required to complete the didactic courses. Twenty-four weeks of internship (fieldwork) are required for certification to practice, and are completed in three 8-week, full-time periods following the didactic courses of the academic program. Upon completion of all graduation requirements, the student receives a Master in Science in Occupational Therapy.

The Occupational Therapy Program is currently accredited for ten years (2012-2022) by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethedsa, MD 20814-3449. AOTAs phone number is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the Program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Satisfactory completion of both the academic program and 24 weeks of internship (fieldwork) are required to be eligible to take the licensure test offered by the Puerto Rico Occupational Therapy Board of Examiners and to take the Certification Examination of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Successful completion of the licensure test allows graduates to practice the profession in Puerto Rico. Passing the certification examination is the final step in becoming an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) and qualifies the OTR for working in the United States and Puerto Rico. Felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and attain a licensure in Puerto Rico and in other states.

Admission Requirements

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Education (ACOTE) established that beginning January 2007, occupational therapy programs will only be accredited at the post baccalaureate degree level. Candidates for admission for the entry-level master in Occupational Therapy must possess a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than Occupational Therapy from an accredited university, they must read, write and speak Spanish fluently. Additionally they must have:

  • A specific grade point average of 2.5 in the following pre-requisite courses:

CoursesCredits
Second Year English (Literature or reading comprehension content)6 credits
Sociology or Anthropology3 credits
Human Growth and Development across the life span 3 credits
Human Anatomy and Physiology (3000 Level or higher) Laboratory experiences are highly recommended 6 credits
Basic Statistics3 credits
Total21 credits

Applicants should have at least 12 credits of the pre-requisite courses approved, including 3 credits in Human Anatomy and Physiology by the application submission deadline (January 31). All pre-requisite courses shall be completed by the month of May of the year of application to the program.

  • A general grade point average of 2.8 in the baccalaureate degree.
  • A score of 500 or above on the EXADEP (Examen de Admisión a Estudios de Post Grado).
  • No other admission test are considered/accepted.
  • A laptop computer or equivalent portable device and internet access are required.

Courses Validation Table

These validation tables contain most of the courses accepted for our program.  For the courses that do not show up on this table, please send an email to reclutamiento-terapiaocupacionaleps.rcm@upr.edu with a scanned copy of your university transcript or the course syllabus for a transcript or course evaluation.

(Click here to see the pre-requisite courses of the University of Puerto Rico System)

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Weight of Admission Requirements

General Point Average 30%
Specific Grade Point Average 40%
(Grade Point Average in Pre-requisite Courses)
Admission Test 30%

Deadline to submit application: January 31 of each year

Online application submission: https://sistemas.rcm.upr.edu/admisiones

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete all the requirements of the didactic (67 credits) and the fieldwork component (16 credits) of the curriculum with a minimum GPA of 2.8, within a maximum period of 4.5 years after registration as first year OT student.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors considered acceptable by faculty and fieldwork supervisors and in accordance with regulations of the Medical Sciences Campus and the Occupational Therapy Program.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Professional Courses – Total semester Credit-hours 83

CoursesCredits
First Year - First Semester
BIOL-6005 Human Anatomy4 Credits
TEOC-6001 Foundations of Occupational Therapy I4 Credits
TEOC-6007 Occupation from a Developmental Perspective4 Credits
TEOC-6003 Active Learning I1 Credit
TEOC-6008 Professional Development in Occupational Therapy4 Credits
17 Credits
First Year - Second Semester
TEOC-6002 Foundations of Occupational Therapy II3 Credits
TEOC-6101 Occupational Dysfunction I3 Credits
TEOC-6004 Active Learning II1 Credits
TEOC-6009 Dimensions of Human Movement in Occupational Performance3 Credits
TEOC-6401 Evidence Based Practice in Occupational Therapy I4 Credits
TEOC-6006 Basic Neuroscience4 Credits
18 Credits
Summer
TEOC-6501 Fieldwork Experience Level I (Part I)2 Credits
Second Year - First Semester
TEOC-6102 Occupational Dysfunction II3 Credits
TEOC-6402 Evidence Based Practice in Occupational Therapy II2 Credits
TEOC-6201 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Psychosocial Dysfunction I3 Credits
TEOC-6301 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics I3 Credits
TEOC-6203 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunction I3 Credits
TEOC-6205 Context and Management of Occupational Therapy Services3 Credits
17 Credits
Second Year - Second Semester
TEOC-6403 Evidence Based Practice in Occupational Therapy III3 Credits
TEOC-6202 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Psychosocial Dysfunction II4 Credits
TEOC-6302 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics II4 Credits
TEOC-6204 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunction II4 Credits
TEOC-6502 Fieldwork Experience Level I (Part B)2 Credits
17 Credits
Third Year - First Semester
TEOC-6503 Fieldwork Experience (Level II)12 Credits
Total83 Credits

Course Descriptions

(Please click here to access the Medical Sciences Campus Catalog and look for the Course Descriptions for this Program)

Informative Sheet

(Please click here to download the Informative Sheet of the Program)

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the University of Puerto Rico Master of Science of Occupational Therapy Program during the 3- year period of 2014 to 2016 was 45 with an overall graduation rate of 92%.

Graduation YearStudent Entering/GraduatingGraduation Rate
201416/16100%
201517/1376%
201616/16100%
Total - during the 3 -year period49/4592%

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

For the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Test Pass Rate Results, please click in this link to see the passing rate of the University of Puerto Rico: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Puerto Rico Licensure Exam Pass Rate Results for the Last Three Years

The total number of graduates from the University of Puerto Rico Master of Science of Occupational Therapy Program during the last 3-year period of 2014 to 2016 that passed Puerto Rico Licensure Exam was 35 with an overall passing rate of 92%.

Graduation Year (completed program requirements)Total Number of GraduatesTotal Number of First Time TakersNumber Passing the ExamYear Pass Rate
2014 (February)17*171588%
2015 (March)131111100%
2016 (February)1610990%
Total 3- last years aggregate46383592%

*Total number of graduates includes graduates from other academic years.

Program Faculty

Maria de los Angeles Rohena Pagan, Ed.D., OTR/L
Professor, Acting Director

Dyhalma Irizarry Gomez, Ph.D.,OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor, Academic Coordinator

Wanda Colon Ramirez, Ph.D., OTR/L
Professor

Migdalia Morales Berrios, MS, OTR/L
Professor

Arnaldo Cruz Rivera, Ph.D., OTR/L
Professor

Norma Baez Carrasquillo, MS, OTR/L
Professor

Diana Hernandez Ortiz, MPA, OTR/L
Associate Professor, Clinical Education Coordinator

Luz A. Muniz Santiago, Ed.D., OTR/L
Professor

Elsa Orellano Colon Ph.D., OTR/L
Associate Professor

Rosa Roman Oyola, Ph.D., OTR/L
Assistant Professor

Physical Address

Medical Center Complex
Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
School of Health Professions Main Building, 6th Floor, Office #612

Postal Address

Programa de Terapia Ocupacional
Escuela de Profesiones de la Salud
PO Box 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067

Telephones

Director – 787-758-2525 ext. 4210
Secretary – 787-758-2525 ext. 4200, 4203
Fax – 787-282-8174
E-Mail: maria.rohena@upr.edu

Professional Links

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
http://www.aota.org/

American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)
http://www.aotf.org/

World Federation of Occupational Therapists
http://www.wfot.org.au/

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist
http://www.caot.ca/

Association of Occupational Therapists in Mental Health
http://www.profbriefings.co.uk/assoc/aotmh.htm

Colegio de Profesionales de Terapia Ocupacional
http://www.cptopr.org/