The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Department of Occupational Therapy College of Health Affairs


The Department of Occupational Therapy supports the mission of UTRGV by preparing graduate level professionals capable of meeting the challenges of health care and community environments, and the unique needs of growing international and multi-cultural populations of the south Texas region.

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The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. has named Shirley A. Wells as one of the 100 Influential People in Occupational Therapy.

Shirley A. Wells, DrPH, OTR, FAOTA, has been a tireless advocate for cultural inclusion and diversity in occupational therapy for the past 37 years. She has advocated for diversity through her ground-breaking books on culture and occupational therapy...

Read about Shirley and the other influential people in OT here.

Graduation Rate

Graduation Year Student Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2014 22/19 86%
2015 22/22 100%
2016 22/21 96%
Total 66/62 94%

UTPA’s National Board for Certification Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination Pass NBCOT

The UTRGV Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education


c/o Accreditation Department

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

Tel.: (301) 652-2682 (AOTA)
Fax: (301) 652-7711
(TDD): (800) 377-8555
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