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.
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.
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.