Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Entry level OTD Program

The curriculum consists of academic, laboratory and distance-based learning experiences integrated with both part-time and full-time professional fieldwork. Entrance to the program is in the fall semester only; all courses and fieldwork are taken sequentially and completed prior to graduation.

After successful completion of all requirements for the degree, the student is eligible to take the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) certification examination. Upon successful completion of this examination, the examinee becomes a nationally registered occupational therapist, certified for practice and eligible for state licensure.

The School of Occupational Therapy's distinctive clinical education program involves three components beginning with practicum experiences in the community and progressing to Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences (over 24 weeks of full-time fieldwork education plus a 16 week doctoral internship in the student's specialty focus). The two Level II fieldwork experiences are opportunities to apply academic learning to the practice of occupational therapy in a variety of practice arenas such as developmental disabilities, mental, physical rehabilitation, K-12 schools, and geriatrics.

The School of Occupational Therapy affiliates with numerous facilities within the Portland Metropolitan area, Oregon and the United States. Clinical sites are offered in diverse geographic locations.  Approximately twenty percent of students have the opportunity to complete fieldwork in a foreign country.  New clinical sites are continually added in order to provide variety and quality to the student's clinical experience.

Curriculum Grid OTD

Curriculum outline by course theme and semester

Course Descriptions OTD

OTD Course Electives


Certification and Licensure

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, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification examination or attain state licensure. Individuals convicted of a felony may not be eligible for certification or licensing in Occupational Therapy. Students are urged to contact the appropriate certification or licenser agency for further information. Please select the following link to obtain information: The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy 12 South Summit Ave. Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150, phone (301) 990-7979, fax (301) 869-8492.

Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program status:

The School of OT began the transition from a Masters entry-level degree to a Doctor of OT (OTD) in the fall of 2012 with the expected graduation of the first class of OTD students for August 2015. Program accreditation is a multistep process, the first step of which (application for accreditation) has been successful. The expected date for a decision from ACOTE regarding our accreditation status is the summer of 2014. Based on current accreditation status of the MOT program through 2017, graduates are assured of eligibility for certification and practice.

Questions regarding accreditation by ACOTE should be directed to their administrative office at located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, or through their website,   ACOTE'S telephone number in care of AOTA is 301-652-AOTA (2682).  Questions about the program should be directed to Graduate and Professional Admissions at 503-352-7223.