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Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD)

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The Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) is a 40 month, full-time degree program for students who want to focus on a specialty area can continue for two additional semesters and an additional four months of mentored apprenticeship. Students will graduate with an OTD, a professional clinical doctorate degree. Students who choose the OTD may choose from multiple concentrations in clinical research, education, policy and advocacy, or leadership and management. OTD graduates are building exciting careers in teaching, research, consultation, clinical services, and management and policy in their chosen area of expertise. (Please note: If you already have a degree in Occupational Therapy, you must go through a different application process. Please click here for additional information.)

As an OTD graduate, you will be eligible to sit for the NBCOT examination to become a practicing occupational therapist. The exam is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), located at 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. NBCOT’s phone number is (301) 990-7979 and its web address is See our NBCOT Pass Rate.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure.

The Program in Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.  ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is


Please note: The admissions deadline for our MSOT and OTD programs is now December 15.

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