Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy Education is one of eight departments of the KU School of Health Professions and is located on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, KS.

  • Vision statement: To transform occupational therapy and influence other health professions through leadership, education, and discovery.

  • Mission statement: To develop learners who will impact the health and occupations of people and their communities through innovative and collaborative practice, education, research, and leadership.

KU's occupational therapy programs are nationally recognized for excellence in producing leaders in education and research.

The department offers the following degree programs:

Entry-Level Doctorate, Occupational Therapy (OTD)

The entry-level doctorate is for students entering the profession of occupational therapy after acquiring a bachelor's degree at KU or another institution.  Our transition to the OTD allows our students to gain greater in-depth practice knowledge, enhance leadership skills and provide experiences that allow our students to participate in policy and systems change to improve healthcare. The OTD culminates in a Doctoral Capstone which includes both a Capstone Project and Doctoral Experience.  Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to obtain OT licensure.  The first cohort of OTD students entered Fall 2019.

Post-Professional Doctorate, Occupational Therapy (OTD)

This is a post-professional, clinically-focused doctoral program designed for practicing occupational therapists wanting to pursue advancement in contemporary and evidence-based practice, professional leadership and foundations in teaching. A degree in occupational therapy from an accredited program, a master’s degree, and a current license to practice as an occupational therapist are required for admission.

Therapeutic Science (Ph.D.)

Administered through the Department of Occupational Therapy Education, this research-focused doctoral program benefits from faculty expertise in many different departments and schools across the University of Kansas. It is designed to support interdisciplinary study of wellness and disability related to individuals and support systems.