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Overview

The University of Kansas 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. 

Accreditation

KU's entry-level occupational therapy doctoral 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, 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929; (301) 652-6611. For more information, visit the ACOTE website at www.acoteonline.org.


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.


Program Costs

The cost of an education at the University of Kansas is very competitive with other top programs in the U.S.

Below is an estimate of costs for full-time students finishing the degree program in three years based on the KU comprehensive fee schedule.

These figures are provided as a guide only and are not an official quote of costs. This information is subject to change by the Kansas Board of Regents and the University of Kansas.

See also: requirements for establishing Kansas residency for purposes related to education.

Kansas Resident Student

Graduate tuition

$421.15 / credit hour

106 credit hours to complete degree

$44,641.90

Graduate tuition, online

$421.55 / credit hour

6 credit hours (online courses)

$2,529.30

OT course fees

$121.55 / credit hour

112 credit hours to complete degree

$13,613.60

E-Learning course fees

$100.00 / credit hour

6 credit hours of curriculum are online

$600.00

Campus fees

$421.77 / semester

6 semesters

$2,530.62

Estimated total tuition and fees for Kansas residents

$63,915.42

 

Non-Resident Student

Graduate tuition

$989.60 / credit hour

106 credit hours (on campus courses)

$104,897.60

Graduate tuition, online

$421.55 / credit hour

6 credit hours (online courses)

$2,529.30

OT course fees

$121.55 / credit hour

112 credit hours to complete degree

$13,613.60

E-Learning course fees

$100.00 / credit hour

6 credit hours of curriculum are online

$600.00

Campus fees

$421.77 / semester

6 semesters

$2,530.62

Estimated tuition and fees for residents outside Kansas

$124,171.12

See more more details related to cost of attendance and financial aid opportunities for students.


Graduates of KU's entry-level doctoral program in occupational therapy are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy certification exam. Successful completion of this exam allows individuals to apply for licensure in all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For information on licensing in Kansas, please see the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. The American Occupational Therapy Association provides information on specific state licensure requirements.


Program Outcomes

The first cohort of students in KU's entry-level doctoral program in occupational therapy began classes in August 2019 and will be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam in 2022 pending ACOTE accreditation approval. Program results from the NBCOT exam can be found at nbcot.org.

Program Graduation Rates

2022

2023

2024

3-year total

Number of students who entered the OTDE program

42

47

TBD

TBD

Number of students who graduated from the OTDE program

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Graduation rate

TBD

TBD

TBD

TBD

Last modified: Feb 12, 2021

Prospective Students

Interested in a campus visit? Dates for 2021 are now available: join us and see what KU's occupational therapy program has to offer. With visitors currently not allowed on campus, sessions will be held online.

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About the entry-level OTD program

Applications to this program are accepted Aug. 1–Dec. 1 for the class entering the program the following fall.

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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.

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