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Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

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About the OTD

Spalding University’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program in the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy (ASOT) prepares students to meet the needs of the times with compassionate action based upon best rehabilitation principles and evidence-based practice through community outreach, service, and research. The OTD offers students the opportunity to advance their preparation and application of in-depth knowledge in practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and the application of theory. New admissions to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program (view past MSOT program outcomes) are no longer being accepted as we transition to the doctoral program. Learn more about the two tracks we offer for obtaining your OTD:

Entry-level OTD

This entry-level occupational therapy doctorate is accessible to any student with a bachelor’s degree in any field.

  • 3 years (36 months)
  • 9 trimesters
  • 110 credit hours (84 didactic hours and 26 clinical hours)
  • 35 students per cohort

Post-Professional OTD

This post-professional degree is designed for licensed occupational therapy practitioners who are looking to progress to the doctoral level and is offered exclusively online.

About ASOT

Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy (ASOT)

Spalding University’s Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy (ASOT) prepares students to meet the needs of the times with compassionate action based upon best rehabilitation principles and evidence-based practice through community outreach, service, and research.

Entry-Level OTD Accreditation and Examination Eligibility

Spalding University’s entry-level occupational therapy doctorate program has received supplemental licensure from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The entry-level OTD program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)  (telephone: 301-652-2682; www.acoteonline.org) located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.

Graduates of the program 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, stat 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.

See our professional licensure disclosure.

Master of Science Occupational Therapy Program Outcomes

The entry-level MSOT program is no longer accepting new students as the program has transitioned to the entry-level OTD, The first OTD cohort entered the professional program in Spring 2019.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy entry-level program 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 (telephone: 301-652-2682; www.acoteonline.org).

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

Entry-level graduates are 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 graduate is credentialed to use the title of Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. In order to be eligible to sit for the NBCOT examination, and become licensed in the state, an individual must graduate with a master’s degree from an ACOTE accredited occupational therapy program.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for the MSOT degree can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Entry-level OTD Program Student Progression Outcomes

Begin/end months Number Started Number Completed Graduation Rate
Jan 2019 — Jan 2022 22 22 100%
Aug 2019 — Aug 2022 27* 20 74%

*Student(s) moved cohorts

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for the OTD degree can be found on the NBCOT site.

Entry-level OTD Program Student Continuance Data as of August 2022

Program Entry Date Number Students August 2022 Percentage Sustained Anticipated Graduation
Jan 2020 15 16* 100% Jan 2023
Aug 2020 29 25* 86% Aug 2023
Jan 2021 18 17 94% Jan 2024
Aug 2021 32 31* 97% Aug 2024
Jan 2022 10 10* 100% Jan 2025
Aug 2022 17 16* 94% Aug 2025
3-year aggregate 121 115 95%

*Student(s) moved cohorts

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Auerbach School of OT
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(502) 588-7196
901 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203

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