Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program

Occupational Therapy Programs CA

About the Program

Established in 1994, we graduated our first class of graduate occupational therapy students in August, 1996. Last year we received approval from ACOTE to start a doctoral program and this fall (2016) we admitted our first doctoral class. We will no longer be offering the Master degree in occupational therapy. Our graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in occupational therapy and often progress rapidly to leadership positions in the field.

The program offers a rigorous education in both the basic sciences and in occupation-based practice with advanced skills in clinical practice, research, leadership, advoacacy and a capstone experiential project.. Occupational therapists must learn to participate collaboratively with other health care professionals. For this reason, core courses are shared with students in the physical therapy programs. Learning to communicate with other health care providers is important in preparation of building teamwork.


Pass Rate

The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination for 2013–2015 was 105 out of 106, which is a pass rate of 99% (of 106 test takers, 105 passed). During the three year period, the program had 106 graduates. For our most recent year, 2015, the pass rate was 100% (of 34 test takers, 34 passed). The total number of graduates for 2015 was 34. The website for all OT program pass rates is located at:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

4720 Montgomery Lane
Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Program Accreditation Status Last Visit Next Visit
Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Candidacy received. Students entering in 2016 will be in the OTD program with the opt-out option to receive an MOT degree only. N/A (transitioning to new OTD program) Site visit scheduled for 2018
Entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Full accreditation 2008 2018

Application Deadline

The Postmark Application Deadline is October 1st

Applications may be filed beginning two months prior to the application deadline, keeping in mind that it is to your advantage to include as many available grades as possible with the application for admission. For example, with the postmark deadline of October 1st for fall entry, you should wait to submit an application until your summer grades are available. After the deadline, applications may be accepted on a space available basis. Contact the Office of Admission for further information once the deadline has passed.

In less than two years, my family has a better life. It was a fast program and I spent many nights studying after the kids went to bed, but now I’ve got a lot to show for it: A new career Alejandra Villegas FNP
Our background in sports and passion for physical performance drove us to study the science of human movement. Tino and Tron Tino & Tron Hardy Physical Therapy
So many foot problems can be successfully treated if they are identified early, and corrective measures are taken. Then, there are patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases that require specialized, ongoing foot care. We see everything in our clinics. Samantha Ralstin Samantha Ralstin Podiatric Medicine

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