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Entry-level OTD

Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program

Starting in fall 2019, KU will transition from the master's degree program to the entry-level clinical doctorate – the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree. Both degrees require a full-time and on-site commitment over three-years. Lectures and labs occur on the KU Medical Center campus.

Students engage in mandatory fieldwork experiences throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, the state of Kansas, and across the country. Occupational therapy faculty designed the program to provide students with the skills necessary to work as an occupational therapist in health care, educational, and community settings.

close-up showing occupational therapist assisting woman with using utensils for eating

Post-Graduation Requirements to Become an Occupational Therapist

Upon completion of the KU occupational therapy program, including all course work and fieldwork, students are eligible for the national occupational therapy certification examination administered by the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After passing this test, graduates apply for licensure in the state(s) in which they live and work.

The occupational therapy degree program at the University of Kansas is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. More information

Entry-Level Master of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (coming 2019)

Jane Cox

Jane Hughes, OTD, OTR/L
Program Director
Clinical Assistant Professor

Kelli Reiling

Kelli Reiling, OTD, OTR/L
Academic Program Developer
Clinical Assistant Professor

portrait of Joan Augustyn

Joan Augustyn, OTD, OTR/L
Interim Fieldwork Coordinator
Clinical Assistant Professor

Photo of Dory Sabata

Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA
Doctoral Capstone Coordinator
Clinical Assistant Professor

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

Application window:
Application materials are accepted Aug. 1–Dec. 1 for the class entering the program the following summer. All application materials must be received by December 1 for an application to be complete and qualified for review.

About the entry-level MOT/OTD program

Program overview

Why choose KU?

Admission/eligibility requirements

Additional information for applicants


Costs and financial aid



Frequently Asked Questions

JaySTART Clinic
This clinic provides free occupational and physical therapy services to patients in the Kansas City community. Learn about rehabilitation services provided by the clinic and how to make an appointment.