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.
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.
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.
The cost of an education at the University of Kansas is very competitive with other top programs in the U.S.
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.
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
Number of students who entered the OTDE program
Number of students who graduated from the OTDE program
Feb 12, 2021
Campus visit dates for summer 2021 have been completed. Please check back here in late August for opportunities to visit during the fall semester.
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.