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The University of Kansas now offers the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree as its entry-level program for students seeking a successful career in occupational therapy. Designed to provide students with skills necessary to work as an occupational therapist in a range of health care, educational and community-based settings, this degree program is a three-year, full-time, on-site commitment. Lectures and labs are held on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas.

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

Upon completion of didactic course work, students participate in fieldwork and doctoral experiences at sites throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, the state of Kansas, and across the country. 

The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program has been granted candidacy and is in phase two of pre-accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; (301) 652-6611. For more information, visit the ACOTE website at

See: Accreditation information

Requirements to Become an Occupational Therapist

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

Last modified: Jul 25, 2019

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.

Prospective Students:
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About the entry-level OTD program

Program overview

Why choose KU?

Admission requirements

How to apply

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.