Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Entry-Level)

In fall 2021, KU's entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program applied for accreditation and was granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This program has been designed to provide students with skills necessary to work as an occupational therapist in a range of health care, educational and community-based settings. The OTD is a three-year full time on-site commitment. Lectures and labs occur on the KU Medical Center campus.  Upon completion of didactic course work, students complete required fieldwork and doctoral capstone experiences throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, the state of Kansas, and/or across the country.

The program has completed an on-site evaluation and must be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  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. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, 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