Entry-level OTD [ORIGINAL]


Be empowered to make a difference in the lives of your clients and meet the needs of your community with an Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD). The entry-level OTD is accessible to any student with a bachelor’s degree in any field. Spalding’s OTD prepares you to pass your national board certification, and you’ll enter the field as an advocate, equipped to promote health and wellness for a diverse population of clients.

Program details

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

View our curriculum to learn more about your program of study.


With your entry-level OTD, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Become a skilled decision maker as you progress through the program and gain a deeper understanding of occupational therapy.
  • Engage with your peers and interact with on-campus teaching clinic enTECH and experience the Kosair Charities’ virtual immersive playground.
  • Enhance your understanding of societal needs through practice-based scholarship and research.
  • Benefit from on-site deep physical agent modality (DPAM) specialty certification courses that take place throughout the year.
  • Enjoy everything downtown Louisville has to offer, including access to a thriving health care community. Learn more about Louisville.


  • We’re the first entry-level OTD program in the state of Kentucky.
  • Over 96% of our school’s graduates are employed within six months of graduation.
  • Our national board certification pass rate for the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy has been 95% or higher over the past five years.

Career Options

As an OTD, you can serve in a wide range of practice settings:

  • hospitals
  • community agencies
  • ambulatory healthcare centers
  • independent living centers
  • public and private schools
  • rehabilitation centers
  • skilled nursing facilities
  • education

Program 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; 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.