Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree (OTD)
Why Study Occupational Therapy at Huntington University?
Huntington University has a heritage of excellence in academics, and our first doctoral program reflects that heritage. Occupational therapy (OT) sits on the cutting edge of healthcare; our vision when so few other schools were offering doctoral programs in occupational therapy has made us a leader in OT education from the beginning.
We are an established program with a track record of quality graduates who are highly certified and competitively placed in the field. Our renowned faculty have professional experience in the field – many are still practicing occupational therapists as well as educators – and our facilities in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Peoria, Arizona are top-of-the-line.
Huntington University's doctoral program in occupational therapy (OTD program) is a three-year, full-time degree program. Classes take place in person at our two locations.
We will promote your development in:
- Health and wellness
- Leadership skills
- Advanced practice
- Professional service
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist that the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) administers.
1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or a plan to complete one prior to enrollment. While we do not require any specific discipline, undergraduate students often major in areas such as health science, exercise science, or psychology in preparation for a doctorate program in occupational therapy.
2. Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
3. B- or better in all prerequisite courses:
- Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab >> 4 credits
- Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab >> 4 credits
- Lab Science (Biology, Physics or Chemistry) >> 3–4 credits
- Introduction to Psychology >> 3 credits
- Abnormal Psychology >> 3 credits
- Social Science >> 3 credits
- Statistics or Research >> 3 credits
- Medical Terminology >> 1–3 credits
Candidates must have completed the above prerequisites within the last ten years. We accept applications with prerequisites still in progress as long as we receive official transcripts showing successful completion (B- or better) prior to program matriculation. For prerequisites taken during the Spring 2020 semester affected by COVID-19, a grade of Satisfactory or Pass will be accepted.
4. Minimum of 50 hours of observational, volunteer, and/or work experience in occupational therapy completed before the start of classes. Candidates do not have to complete all 50 hours prior to application. We recommended having more than one observation site and experience with ages across the lifespan. Alternative options are available for those unable to gain access to onsite observation hours. Please contact email@example.com to review alternatives.
5. Completed OTCAS application.
6. Three letters of recommendation submitted via OTCAS. At least one of these must be from a healthcare provider, preferably a licensed occupational therapist.
7. Candidates who are invited to the interview phase of the admission process will be required to complete a writing sample based on a short reading assignment. The student will be given up to 50 minutes to complete the essay.
Huntington University’s Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program in Indiana is accredited 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 is 301-652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The OTD program is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the regional accreditation body.
1819 Carew St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
The Huntington University-Arizona entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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 program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and 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.
Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.
8385 W. Mariners Way
Peoria, AZ 85382
Upcoming OTD Preview Days
Preview Days will be held at both the Fort Wayne location (1819 Carew St, Fort Wayne, IN) and at the Arizona location (8385 W Mariners Way, Peoria, AZ). For questions regarding Preview Day dates and locations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 600-4888.
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