Occupational Therapy O.T.D.

All students must meet the requirements for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree.


The entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree is designed to prepare students to become Occupational Therapy practitioners.  Graduates will learn how to help people attain their desired level of participation in life regardless of age, race, ethnicity, culture, or socioeconomic background.  They will learn Occupational Therapy practice across the lifespan and across practice settings.  They will become scholarly and innovative thinkers, and will articulate clearly through written and verbal communication the value of the profession.

Specific Requirements 

Requirements for Admission to the entry-level doctor of occupational therapy program

  • Bachelor or master degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0/4.0
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA 3.2/4.0
  • 40 observation hours with an occupational therapist
  • English proficiency exam (Duolingo, IELTS or TOEFL), if applicable
  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation (1 academic letter; 2 professional letters, 1 of which is preferably by an occupational therapist)
  • Transcripts 
  • Phone/virtual/face-to-face interview


  • General Psychology, 3 credits                                                       
  • Abnormal Psychology, 3 credits                                                   
  • Human Development, 3 credits                                       
  • Statistics, 3 credits                                                                           
  • Biology (in addition to A&P), 3 credits                                       
  • Human Anatomy, 3+ credits                                                          
  • Human Physiology, 3+ credits                                                      
  • Social Sciences (Anthropology, Humanities, Philosophy, Sociology), 6 credits 
  • Physics or Kinesiology, 3 credits

Minimum Degree Requirements

The entry-level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree requires successful completion of the following 98 graduate credits:

OT 410Foundations for OT Practice2
OT 411Functional Anatomy4
OT 412Mvt and Occup Performance3
OT 413Dev of Humans as Occ Beings2
OT 414Psych & MH Influence on Occup3
OT 418Analyze Activity & Performance2
OT 425Older Adults as Occup Beings6
OT 420Therapeutic Interventions3
NSCI 302Neuroscience3
OT 424Vis&Cog-Percep Infl Occupation3
NH 396Special Topics3
Fieldwork - Level I2
OT 435Cultural Immersion2
OT 460Cap I: Prof Scholar & Explor1
OT 437Research I: Identifying Gaps2
OT 445Young Adults as Occup Beings6
OT 448Designing Creative Ther Interv2
OT 440Teaching and Advocacy2
OT 447Research II: Implementing2
OT 449OT Practice Management3
OT 461Cap II: Devel & Support Evide1
OT 455Children as Occup Beings6
OT 459Becoming Life Long Pract3
OT 456Living Life to the Fullest3
OT 457Research III: Disseminating2
OT 462Capstone III: Proposal Defense1
Fieldwork - Level II8
Fieldwork - Level II8
OT 463Capstone IV: Capstone Experien8
Total Credits96

Following successful completion of all didactic coursework, fieldwork, and the capstone project and experience, students will be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Comprehensive Examination

Successful completion of the capstone project and experience.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the occupational therapy doctorate

Successful completion of the capstone project and experience.