Occupational Therapy

contact information
Dr. Shirley Wells
Program Director
Phone: (956) 665-2474
Department of Occupational Therapy
Social Work Occupational Therapy Building (SWOT) 1.300
Phone: (956) 665-2475
Fax: (956) 665-2476

Admitted Students


As a new graduate student at UTPA, you should complete the following five steps prior to your arrival on campus:

  1. Officially accept your offer to UTPA’s OT program
    • You will receive a letter in the mail from the OT department.
  2. Setup your myUTPA account
    • If you are a new UTPA student, you will receive your user account and instructions via email. Please follow the instructions provided to set up your account.
    • If you have attended UTPA at any time in the past, you will use your previous user account. If you do not remember your user account, contact the UTPA Help Desk at: (956) 665-2020 or email
  3. Make sure you have all required immunizations
  4. Complete your Criminal Background Check (CBC)
  5. Attend the Occupational Therapy- New Student Orientation
    • Contact the Department of Occupational Therapy for the upcoming orientation at (956) 665-3081.
    • At the orientation you should receive class advisement and be assigned an advisor.
      • If you don’t know who your advisor is contact Dr. Shirley Wells, (956) 665-2474,
  6. Register for classes
    • Sign into the myUTPA website
    • Select ASSIST under the My Applications section
    • Select Student Services
    • Click on Registration
    • Select Term
    • And then you will be able to Add or Drop Classes
  7. Pre-register for Graduate Student Orientation
    • Graduate Student Orientation takes place at the start of every Fall semester. For more information or to reserve your seat call (956) 665-3661.

If you have any questions regarding the admissions process or beginning your graduate program at UTPA, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or (956) 665-3661.


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