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Why choose KU?

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You have many choices in where to study occupational therapy. We believe there are specific reasons why you should choose KU:

  • We are a top-ranked program nationally. Among U.S. schools, KU ranks among the leaders in occupational therapy education.

  • Our faculty are internationally recognized for their expertise; their work is used around the globe.

  • We foster and model national leadership. Faculty are involved in national associations, and KU alumni represent among the highest numbers of current and former leaders in the field.

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  • We have strong ties with the community. We value working within people’s everyday lives, so we spend a great deal of time in our community agencies such as schools, dance studios, drop-in centers, martial arts studios, and individual’s homes.

  • We emphasize working within authentic environments and activities. At KU, we train students to understand other people’s lives, so that our practices become part of their everyday routines, rather than a separate therapy process. If this appeals to you, KU is your choice!

  • We view other people as whole individuals regardless of what challenges they might face. At KU, we believe that all persons have a contribution to make, and have unique characteristics that show us what their capacity might be. We focus on supporting their strengths, interests and goals, believing that everyone has a contribution to make regardless of diagnosis or disability.

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    Our academic medical center campus is situated in a fun and friendly city. We have a strong arts community, a wide range of sports and entertainment, one of the strongest local restaurant communities, and easy access for travel.

  • Our graduates are sought after when they graduate. Work settings across the nation both train and employ KU graduates. They want to hire KU graduates whenever they can because they know our students are well prepared for practice.

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.

Prospective Students:
Visit the KU Medical Center campus and see all that KU's occupational therapy doctoral degree program has to offer!


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.