Doctor of Occupational Therapy

The ACOTE accreditation process for the OTD program is a 3 step process. We have completed Step 1 and the OTD program is in Applicant Status ( We are seeking Developing Program Status with targeted admission to the program in Summer 2018. 

Occupational therapy involves the assessment and treatment of individuals whose ability to perform tasks of living is threatened or impaired by developmental disability, physical disability, psychosocial dysfunction, sensory impairment, or the aging process. The occupational therapy process involves the prevention or correction of physical, developmental, or eOTDional problems that affect functional performance of the individual. The goal of occupational therapy is to assist the patient in the performance of activities that provide meaning to her or his life.

Occupational therapists serve patients of all ages in a variety of settings including rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, public schools, psychiatric hospitals, day care facilities, sheltered workshops, homes, community agencies, and industrial sites.

Graduates of the entry-level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and to apply for licensure that is required for practice in most states.  A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT examination or attain state licensure. Please be aware that disciplinary actions in your past, either felonies or misdemeanors, should be addressed with the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners beforehand.  Waiting to report it on your application for licensure will cause a delay in issuing a license.  It is recommended that applicants use this review before applying to or attending an OT program.  

The MOT program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  For further information about the accreditation process contact:

American Occupational Therapy Association
Accreditation Department
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Telephone: (301) 652-2682

Admissions Requirements

The OTD program consists of 114 semester credit hours of graduate-level coursework, including 6 months of full-time clinical fieldwork.  A baccalaureate degree, completed by the end of the fall semester prior to summer admission, is required for admission to the program.   Applicants are encouraged to seek advisement from their college counselors or the Health Professions Office of Admissions and Special Programs at (866) 802-6288 (toll-free) or (210) 567-6220.

Applications for the OTD program are accepted between mid-August and mid-October for the entering Summer 2018 class. The OTCAS Application, supplemental application, official transcripts, and all supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline in mid-October (See School of Health Professions web site for each year's specific dates). The first semester of OTD coursework typically begins the last week of May. 

In addition to non-academic factors that are considered, admission requirements for the OTD program include:

  • Official transcripts from each college and university attended (Note: All transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be submitted in the original language and must be accompanied by a course-by-course evaluation through a NACES Members agency)
  • Grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on OTD Program prerequisites
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for bachelor's degree
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required
  • Knowledge and understanding of occupational therapy gained through a minimum of 40 hours volunteer and/or observation under the general supervision of a licensed occupational therapist as documented on Documentation of Experience form
  • Two Letters of Reference, preferably from licensed occupational therapists
  • Interviews with Occupational Therapy faculty
  • Completion of all OTD program prerequisites (27 hours) by the end of the fall semester prior to admission the following summer:
    • Human Anatomy with lab OR Anatomy & Physiology I, 4 semester credit hours
    • Human Physiology with lab OR Anatomy & Physiology II, 4 semester credit hours
    • Physics I Lecture (Introductory Physics), 3 semester credit hours
    • Kinesiology Lecture (to include principles of human improvement), 3 semester credit hours
    • Abnormal Psychology, 3 semester credit hours
    • Development Psychology, 3 semester credit hours
    • Sociology and/or Anthropology, 3 semester credit hours
    • Statistics, 3 semester credit hours
    • Medical Terminology, 1 semester credit hour (certificate of completion is acceptable) 
  • International Applicants only: Submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores; minimum scores 560 (paper) or 68 (Internet).

Degree Requirements

The OTD program consists of 114 semester credit hours of graduate-level coursework, including 6 months of full-time clinical fieldwork. Students must successfully fulfill all program-specific requirements including completion of all coursework while maintaining the performance standards outlined by the program, Level 2 Fieldwork, a competency exam, the Doctoral Experiential Component, as well as program requirements related to professional behavior and community service in order meet graduation requirements. 

Objectives/Program Outcomes

This curriculum is designed to facilitate students’ achievement of specific learning outcomes that reflect the attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level practice as a generalist. These outcomes comprise three outcome areas: clinical, professional, and research/evidence-based practice. Upon completion of the program, the student will:

Clinical Skills
1.    Apply theoretical and empirical knowledge from the foundational bases of physiological, behavioral, social, and occupational therapy in the planning and implementing occupational therapy practice.

2.    Participate and contribute in the planning, development, and implementation of state of the art clinical practice.

3.    Advocate for clients, families and the profession through employment as an occupational therapist.

4.    Demonstrate competencies in the complex, interprofessional, and changing health care, educational, and community environments.

Professional Skills

5.    Provide occupational therapy within the framework of ethical and professional standards.

6.    Demonstrate leadership skills in professional activities.

7.    Display cultural competence in meeting the occupational performance needs of diverse client populations, including underserved communities.

8.    Communicate clearly and effectively in professional situations, using appropriate modes of expression, documentation and interpersonal interaction. 

Research and Evidence-based Practice

9.    Uses research evidence when making clinical decisions and keeps abreast of current scientific knowledge. 

10.    Demonstrate ability to implement research endeavors.

11.    Demonstrate advanced, self-directed competencies in clinical practice, research, leadership/management, teaching or program development.