Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Southern Illinois University



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Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Coming in Fall 2022...

The entry-level, clinical doctorate (OTD) program in occupational therapy, is a 103-credit hour, hybrid weekend program, that allows working professionals, new to the field of occupational therapy, the flexibility to maintain their current occupation while pursuing their degree full-time. Designed to be completed within 3 years, the occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program offers a combination of online and face-to-face courses in a weekend format, with on campus sessions taking place over approximately nine weekends per semester. Pending approval by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the first cohort is tentatively scheduled for admission in fall 2022.  

As an Occupational Therapist, you will assist people across the lifespan, participate in activities of their choice through the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations). You will be helping individuals participate in school, work, home, and social situations, assisting those recovering from injury to regain skills, and provide support strategies for those with cognitive or learning challenges.  As an occupational therapist you will have the opportunity to conduct comprehensive evaluations of the home, school, work, or other environments, implement interventions strategies, make recommendations for adaptive equipment and instructions in its use; and provide education and guidance to clients, family members and caregivers in facilitating participation in everyday life.     

  • The entry-level occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program,  offered through the School of Health Sciences within the College of Health and Human Sciences has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

  • The OTD program must be granted candidacy status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted accreditation for students to be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, (NBCOT) Certification Examination. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. 

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