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 entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree 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 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) and qualifies for working in the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program. Satisfactory completion of both the academic program and 24 weeks of Level II 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.  Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain a licensure in Puerto Rico and in other states.  

Admission Requirements

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. Additionally they must have:

  • A Specific Grade Point Average of 3.00 in the following pre-requisite courses:
  • 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), taken no later than December. Test must be taken within three (3) calendar years of the application date. 
  • No other admission test is accepted.
  • A laptop computer or equivalent portable device and internet access are required.
  • Candidate must read, write and speak Spanish fluently.
  • Candidate must read and write English fluently.

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)

(Click here to see the pre-requisite courses from all Private Universities of Puerto Rico)

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

Cost of Attendance, Tuition & Fees

The following table shows the estimate of total cost of attendance, tuition costs and fees for the 2019-2020 academic year. Health insurance may vary on an annual basis according to negotiation with the insurances companies and type of coverage. Students from the United States who are not Puerto Rico residents pay the local cost of credits multiplied by 2. Nonresident students who are foreign citizens pay the local cost of credits multiplied by 3 as graduate students. All amounts and fees are subject to change.

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

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 2017 to 2019 was 42 with an overall graduation rate of 88%.

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 2016 to 2018 that passed Puerto Rico Licensure Exam was 16 with an overall passing rate of 80%.


*Due to the impact of Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rico Licensure Exam scheduled for November 2017 was cancelled by Puerto Rico Office of Regulation and Certification of Health Professionals. Therefore, none of the 2017 graduates were able to take it. 2017 graduates took the test on May 23- 25, 2018 & Nov, 2018 and the results were received from the Puerto Rico Occupational Therapy Examination Board on February 5, 2018 and on September 2019.

Program Faculty

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

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

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

Diana Hernandez Ortiz, MPA, OTR/L
Professor

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

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

Ana Rodriguez Quiles, MPHG, OTR/L
Instructor, Academic Coordinator

Zullybel Mendoza Keppis, MS, OTR/L
Adjunct Professor

Marie C. Rivera Cosme, MA, OTL
Adjunct Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Mailin M. Aquino Castillo, MS, OTR/L
Adjunct Professor, Part-time

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
Mrs. Francisca Morales, Secretary – 787-758-2525 ext. 4200, 4203
Fax – 787-282-8174
E-Mails:
reclutamiento-terapiaocupacionaleps.rcm@upr.edu
maria.rohena@upr.edu

Professional Links

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

World Federation of Occupational Therapists
https://www.wfot.org

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

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