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.

The University of Vermont’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA (2682) and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Specific Requirements 

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

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor or master degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0/4.0
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA 3.2/4.0
  • English proficiency exam (Duolingo, IELTS or TOEFL), if applicable 
  • 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
  • An interview for students who pass through the first stage of the admissions process

Prerequisite Course Requirements

All applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses from an accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater prior to entry into the program:

General Psychology (one semester/3 credits)

Abnormal Psychology (one semester/3 credits)

Human Development (one semester/3 credits)

Statistics (one semester/3 credits)

Biology (one semester/3 credits)

Human Anatomy with lab (one semester/4 credits)

Human Physiology with lab (one semester/4 credits)

Social Sciences (Anthropology, Humanities, Philosophy, Sociology; 2 semesters/6 credits)

A Medical Terminology course (appearing on transcript). If taken online a certificate of completion must be sent to the UVM Graduate College Admissions office.

Minimum Degree Requirements

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

OT 7100Foundations for OT Practice2
OT 7110Functional Anatomy4
OT 7120Mvt and Occup Performance3
OT 7130Dev of Humans as Occ Beings2
OT 7140Psych & MH Influence on Occup3
OT 7180Analyze Activity & Performance2
OT 7250Older Adults as Occup Beings6
OT 7200Therapeutic Interventions3
NSCI 6020Neuroscience3
OT 7240Vis&Cog-Percep Infl Occupation3
NH 6899Fundamentals Critical Inquiry3
Fieldwork - Level I2
OT 7350Cultural Immersion2
OT 7600Cap I: Prof Scholar & Explor2
OT 7370Research I: Identifying Gaps2
OT 7450Young Adults as Occup Beings6
OT 7480Designing Creative Ther Interv2
OT 7400Teaching and Advocacy2
OT 7470Research II: Implementing2
OT 7490OT Practice Management3
OT 7610Cap II: Devel & Support Evide1
OT 7550Children as Occup Beings6
OT 7590Becoming Life Long Pract3
OT 7560Living Life to the Fullest3
OT 7570Research III: Disseminating2
OT 7620Capstone III: Proposal Defense1
Fieldwork - Level II9
Fieldwork - Level II9
OT 7630Capstone IV: Capstone Experien7
Total Credits98

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.