Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Entry-Level)

In fall 2021, KU's entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program (OTDE) 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 the skills necessary to work as occupational therapists in a range of healthcare, educational and community-based settings. The OTDE program is a three year full-time on-site commitment at the University of Kansas Medical Center campus, where lectures and labs are delivered. Upon completion of didactic coursework and fieldwork, students complete a doctoral capstone experience throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, the state of Kansas, and/or across the country.

The program has completed an on-site evaluation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and has been granted the full seven-year Accreditation Status. This allows its graduates to 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