Leveraging our legacy to forge the practice of tomorrow.

The EMU occupational therapy program has a rich history, beginning in 1941. Numerous outstanding scholars and practitioners have graduated from our program and have provided service to the profession, to their clients and to communities. Graduates of the program have gone on to practice in many different aspects of occupational therapy practice, to teach and to serve the profession. Our alumni and faculty have achieved some of the highest honors in occupational therapy, winning the AOTA Award of Merit, being named Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and serving in high level leadership positions for the profession.

Our program has been designated a Best Entry-Level Masters OT Program by Region list since 2019 by HealthGrad.com.

At EMU, you won't just learn a set of skills, you will become an OT.

Our Programs

We offer two pathways to obtain a Master of Occupational Therapy:

Why Choose EMU OT?

  • How we are Unique

    Eastern's occupational therapy program has a long-standing tradition of excellence in training competent and caring occupational therapists who practice in diverse settings across Michigan and the nation.

    • Our focus on occupation-based practice prepares students to harness the power of occupation in order to maximize the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
    • Our hands-on curriculum provides students with opportunities to engage in practice with our many community partners within the classroom and fieldwork.
    • Our emphasis on evidence-driven practice prepares students to utilize and generate evidence that they share with clients and members of the profession.
    • Our attention to the development of students’ curiosity, positive risk taking and exploration of differing perspectives creates a mindset of life-long learning.
  • Accreditation

    The EMU Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at:

    7501 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 510E
    North Bethesda, MD 20814.
    ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-6611 

  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

    Graduates from our OT Program consistently pass the NBCOT national board exam.

    For the EMU OT Program NBCOT pass rates for the past five years, go to our Program Outcomes.

    Pass rates are reported for all schools online on a state by state basis. Please see the most recent NBCOT board examination pass rates for EMU and other OT Programs nationwide.


Want to learn more?

Contact our dedicated program admissions advisor:

Sharon Holt

OT Intent Advisor

At a Glance

  • 71 credit hours
  • 2.5 years full-time
  • In-state undergraduate and graduate tuition for all out of state students.
  • On campus, learner-centered classes
  • Personalized advising and support from faculty
  • Multiple research and presentation opportunities
  • Three part-time plus two full-time fieldwork opportunities
  • Faculty led fieldwork experiences in our OT clinic  


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Explore this Program

About the Program

Get to know the heart of the OT program by reading the mission, vision and philosophy.

Program Outcomes

See our graduation and National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy pass rates.


Find out advising information and admissions requirements.


Get practice before you practice with a required fieldwork placement.

  • Call: 734.487.4096
  • Office: 313 Everett L. Marshall Building