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Meridian Campus Opening Fall 2022

While the coronavirus pandemic has delayed much throughout the United States, the campus of Idaho State University - Meridian is still forging ahead with plans to offer a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy (MOT), as well as welcoming a new director of the MOT program.

Dr. Barbara Kornblau was named the Director of the MOT program in August 2020, and has since been working remotely from the metro Washington D.C. area.   Barbara is a past president of the American Occupational Therapy Association and a past chair of the AOTA Commission on Standards and Ethics. She is the current Advocacy and Policy Coordinator of AOTA’s Rehabilitation and Disability Special Interest Section.  Read the full story and learn more about Barbara's extensive background.

The MOT program in Meridian will start in the Fall of 2022 with its first 20 students. The program will hire a faculty member in the spring of 2021, a second in the fall, and a third in 2022 to have a strong presence by the time students arrive on campus.

Starting in July 2021, prospective students will follow instructions found here to submit their application for the MOT program at Idaho State University.  There is only one application for both Meridian and Pocatello applicants.  Successful applicants will be asked for their campus preference, and will be assigned a campus based on their ranking in the application process.   

For more information on admissions to the Meridian or Pocatello campus, please see our Admission Requirements page or email .



Accelerated BSHS/MOT Concentration

DID YOU KNOW?  Undergraduates in ISU's Bachelor of Science in Health Science program may shave one year off the usual MOT course of study through the Pre OT - Accelerated Concentration. This option involves:

  • Entry into the OT curriculum at Idaho State University in the senior year of undergraduate study
  • Awarding of a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree after the first year
  • Awarding of the Master of Occupational Therapy degree after two more years

For more information, read about admission requirements here and then contact Dr. Kelly Thompson for more information at

Master of OT

Students who have already earned a bachelor degree can apply directly to our graduate program. The Master of Occupational Therapy program at ISU is distinguished by:

  • Small class size/personal attention
  • Curriculum grounded in the basic sciences
  • 100% job placement of graduates
  • Strong NBCOT exam pass rate
NBCOT Pass Rate* 100% 100% 100% 100%
Total Number of Graduates 13 16 12 41
Graduation Rates 81% 88% 100% 89%
Employment Rates** 100% 100% 100% 100%

 *w/in 1 year of graduation  ** 6 months after graduation

The Occupational Therapy program is accredited 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.  AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-AOTA.  Their website is Graduates will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be
found online at