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.
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:
|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 (300 or 3000 Level or higher) Laboratory experiences are highly recommended||6 credits|
|Basic Statistics||3 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 (March 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). Test must be taken within three (3) calendar years of the application date.
- The General Examination of Graduate Examinations (GRE) General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) is accepted. There is no required minimum GRE score. The test score is valid for five (5) years.
- After an initial evaluation of the admission criteria with all applicants, the program’s Admissions Committee will determine which candidates will be invited to write an essay as a final part of the evaluation process.
- Submit a written essay of an assigned topic using a word processor the day selected by the Admission Committee.
- A laptop computer or equivalent portable device and internet access are required.
- Have oral and written knowledge and fluency in English and Spanish
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 email@example.com with a scanned copy of your university transcript or the course syllabus for a transcript or course evaluation.
Weight of Admission Requirements
General Point Average (GPA): 30%
Specific Grade Point Average (Specific GPA): 30%
(Grade Point Average in Pre-requisite Courses)
Admission Test (EXADEP or GRE): 30%
Written Essay: 10%
Deadline to submit application: March 31.
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 2020-2021 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. Nonresident students who are foreign citizens pay the local cost as graduate students. All amounts and fees are subject to change.
In order to graduate, students must meet the following requirements:
- Complete all the requirements of the didactic (68 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 84
|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|
|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||4 Credits|
|TEOC-6401 Evidence Based Practice in Occupational Therapy I||4 Credits|
|TEOC-6006 Basic Neuroscience||4 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|
|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|
|Third Year – First Semester|
|TEOC-6503 Fieldwork Experience (Level II)||12 Credits|
The number of graduates from the University of Puerto Rico Master of Science of Occupational Therapy Program during the 3- year period of 2018 to 2020 was 42 with an overall graduation rate of 88%.
|Graduation Year||Student Entering/Graduating||Graduation Rate|
|Total – during the 3 -year period||48/42||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 4-year period of 2016 to 2019 that passed Puerto Rico Licensure Exam was 16 with an overall passing rate of 64%.
|Graduation Year (completed program requirements)||Number of Graduates||Number of First Time Takers||Number Passing the Exam||Year Pass Rate|
|Total 4- last years aggregate||58||25||16||64%|
*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.
** 2019 Puerto Rico Licensure exam results have been received on November 9, 2020.
Maria de los Angeles Rohena Pagan, Ed.D., OTR/L
Wanda Colon Ramirez, Ph.D., OTR/L
Arnaldo Cruz Rivera, Ph.D., OTR/L
Diana Hernandez Ortiz, MPA, OTR/L
Elsa Orellano Colon Ph.D., OTR/L
Rosa Roman Oyola, Ph.D., OTR/L
Ana Rodriguez Quiles, MPHG, OTR/L
Instructor, Academic Coordinator
Zullybel Mendoza Keppis, MS, OTR/L
Marie C. Rivera Cosme, MA, OTL
Adjunct Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Mailin M. Aquino Castillo, MS, OTR/L
Adjunct Professor, Part-time
Medical Center Complex
Monacillo Area, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
School of Health Professions Main Building, 6th Floor, Office #612
Programa de Terapia Ocupacional
Escuela de Profesiones de la Salud
PO Box 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
World Federation of Occupational Therapists
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist
Colegio de Profesionales de Terapia Ocupacional