Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

The UF Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) is excited to offer an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) beginning the Fall semester of 2018. This program will prepare professional-level OT practitioners to become leaders in the rapidly changing and dynamic contemporary health and human services delivery systems. The program will facilitate students’ clinical knowledge and skills, professional development, leadership and advocacy skills, and advanced knowledge base to inform high-quality, evidence-informed practice in occupational therapy. Students will engage in projects and leadership activities that will improve practice quality and advance evidence-based clinical practice.

The OTD Degree Program is designed for students who do not have an entry-level professional OT degree. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree and have completed required prerequisite coursework, as well as other requirements. Please see the admission requirements.

Learn more about occupational therapy: watch the American Occupational Therapy Association’s video, “What Can Occupational Therapy Do For You?”

Accreditation

The entry-level OTD degree program has applied for accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; tel. (301) 652-AOTA; web address www.acoteonline.org.

Steps in the accreditation process entails: The program obtaining Candidacy Status, undergoing a pre-accreditation review, completing an on-site evaluation, and earning Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to take the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this NBCOT exam, the individual will obtain the status of “Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR)”. In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice. However, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

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

Policy for Progression in the OTD Program

Requirements for Graduation

All students must complete the required prerequisite courses prior to beginning the OTD program. All students must also complete the college required Introduction to Public Health course. Students need to obtain 107 graduate credits before matriculation can be expected from the OTD program.

University degree certification for graduation from the OTD degree program requires the following:

  • students have successfully earned at a minimum, a C or S in all courses;
  • an overall GPA of 3.0;
  • have completed all required courses;
  • have no incomplete (I) courses;
  • have successfully completed two Level 1, two Level 2 placements, and the doctoral experiential component.
Note: Students must complete Level 2 fieldwork and experiential requirements within one year of completing didactic campus-based coursework.