Occupational Therapy Doctor of Occupational Therapy

About us

The​ Occupational Therapy program at Ohio State is one of the country's top-ranked occupational therapy graduate programs. Our renowned faculty--including authors of leading textbooks​, internationally recognized scholars and esteemed practitioners--are the experts who will teach you the art and science of occupational therapy.

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE's telephone number is 301-652-6611.  Their website is https://acoteonline.org/.

The occupational therapy program seeks to produce graduates who:

  • Improve people's lives through caring attitudes, critical thinking, collaboration and communication;
  • Engage in lifelong learning;
  • Demonstrate competence in ethical and responsible decision making;
  • Respect the dignity of all individuals.

Graduates of our program perform extremely well on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)​ compared to the national averages.

Although the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) prepares students to practice occupational therapy, as a professional graduate degree, it does not prepare students for research or academic careers. Students who are interested in becoming a researcher or a faculty member prepare for these careers by completing a PhD program. At Ohio State University, students can combine the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program with the Health and Rehabilitation Science PhD program through entry into the OTD/PhD track.

This dual degree program prepares students for academic positions in occupational therapy and rehabilitation sciences programs at research intensive universities. In addition to the professional training, the program emphasizes higher education teaching, research and writing grants.

2022 HRS Overview Sessions

December 5 - 1:00-2:00 p.m.
December 15 - 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Virtual