To be eligible for admission to the Occupational Therapy Internship, you must be currently enrolled in an accredited occupational therapy education program. The academic fieldwork coordinator at your college or university arranges admission to the internship.

There are two levels of practice in occupational therapy:

  • Occupational therapist. To prepare for a career as an occupational therapist, you must complete a professional education program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

    You may choose:

    • A professional master's degree program
    • A professional doctorate of occupational therapy degree program
  • Occupational therapy assistant. To become an occupational therapy assistant, you must complete an educational program accredited by ACOTE.

The American Occupational Therapy Association Inc. (AOTA) provides a list of schools that offer accredited occupational therapy education programs.

All courses of study require a period of supervised clinical experience and successful completion of a certification examination. Those who pass are awarded the title of occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.

Technical standards

You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Students seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program director following Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicants policy.

More information

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

July 27, 2017