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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

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 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:

  • Second Year English (Literature or reading comprehension content)

    6 credits

    Sociology or Anthropology 3 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 Statistics 3 credits
    Total 21 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 Admision a Estudios de Post Grado).

  • No other admission test are considered/accepted.

  • A laptop computer or equivalent portable device and internet access are required.

  • 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

    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

    Total semester Credit-hours 83

    For additional information please contact us at: reclutamiento-terapiaocupacionaleps.rcm@upr.edu Send us your name and phone number.

    Professional Courses

    First Year - First Semester  
    BIOL-6005 Human Anatomy 4 Credits
    TEOC-6001 Foundations of Occupational Therapy I 4 Credits
    TEOC-6007 Occupation from a Developmental Perspective 4 Credits
    TEOC-6003 Active Learning I 1 Credit
    TEOC-6008 Professional Development in Occupational Therapy 4 Credits
      17 Credits
    First Year - Second Semester  
    TEOC-6002 Foundations of Occupational Therapy II 3 Credits
    TEOC-6101 Occupational Dysfunction I 3 Credits
    TEOC-6004 Active Learning II 1 Credits
    TEOC-6009 Dimensions of Human Movement in Occupational Performance 3 Credits
    TEOC-6401 Evidence Based Practice in Occupational Therapy I 4 Credits
    TEOC-6006 Basic Neuroscience 4 Credits
      18 Credits
    TEOC-6501 Fieldwork Experience Level I (Part I) 2 Credits
    Second Year - First Semester  
    TEOC-6102 Occupational Dysfunction II 3 Credits
    TEOC-6402 Evidence Based Practice in Occupational Therapy II 2 Credits

    TEOC-6201 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Psychosocial Dysfunction I

    3 Credits

    TEOC-6301 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics I

    3 Credits

    TEOC-6203 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunction I

    3 Credits
    TEOC-6205 Context and Management of Occupational Therapy Services 3 Credits
      17 Credits
    Second Year - Second Semester  
    TEOC-6403 Evidence Based Practice in Occupational Therapy III 3 Credits

    TEOC-6202 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Psychosocial Dysfunction II

    4 Credits

    TEOC-6302 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics II

    4 Credits

    TEOC-6204 Theory and Practice of Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunction II

    4 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
    Total 83 Credits


    Course Descriptions

    (Please click here to download the course descriptions in PDF format)

    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 2013 to 2015 was 43 with an overall graduation rate of 88%.

    Graduation Year Student Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
    2013 16/14 87%
    2014 16/16 100%
    2015 17/13 76%
    Total - during the 3 -year period 49/43 88%

    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 2013 to 2015 that passed Puerto Rico Licensure Exam was 37 with an overall passing rate of 88%

    Graduation Year (completed program requirements) Total Number of Graduates Total Number of First Time Takers Number Passing the Exam Year Pass Rate
    2013 (February) 15* 13 12 92%
    2014 (February) 17* 17 14 82%
    2015 (March) 13 12 11 92%
    Total 3- last years aggregate 45 42 37 88%

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

    Program Faculty

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

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

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

    Migdalia Morales Berrios, MS, OTR/L

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

    Norma Baez Carrasquillo, MS, OTR/L

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

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

    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


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

    Professional Links

    American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

    American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)

    World Federation of Occupational Therapists

    Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist

    Association of Occupational Therapists in Mental Health

    Colegio de Profesionales de Terapia Ocupacional

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