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Occupational Therapy Doctorate

A Growing Field — A Way to Improve Lives

The occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) program at College of Saint Mary prepares you to deliver services that help people improve their lives. As an occupational therapist, you will be able to help patients develop and maintain vital living and working skills. Occupational therapists evaluate physical and mental abilities, track progress and design therapy programs.

CSM’s new doctoral degree focuses on the development of clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education and theory development. In addition, students must complete two 12-week field work experiences along with a 14-week doctoral experience that culminates in a scholarly project.

Choose from 2 Admissions Pathways

Integrated Pathway 
If you need to complete your undergraduate degree.

  • 6 years – receive your bachelors and doctoral degrees.
  • You can choose any undergraduate major - such as Psychology, Kinesiology or Biology.
  • While meeting progression benchmarks after each year at CSM, you’ll be able to earn and retain your spot into the OTD program.  
  • A professional academic advisor will guide you in meeting yearly benchmarks. 
     

Graduate Pathway
If you have completed three years of college coursework.

  • 3 years – receive your doctoral degree.
  • Available to both women and men.
  • Assigned an occupational therapy advisor.
     

Degrees Offered

Occupational Therapy Doctorate (Integrated)
Occupational Therapy Doctorate (Graduate)

Career Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor projects employment of occupational therapists to increase by as much as 26 percent by 2022. With a median annual salary of $83,200, occupational therapy is a high-demand career. After graduating from our program you will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to establish a higher quality of living for your patients. Many of our students are offered jobs at the completion of their Level II fieldwork, or upon graduation.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration

Accreditation

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation 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 www.acoteonline.org.

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

NOTE: In addition to the above statements, the program must have a documented and published policy to ensure that students complete all graduation, fieldwork, and experiential component requirements in a timely manner. This must include a statement that all Level II fieldwork and the experiential component of the program must be completed within a time frame established by the program. Sample wording: “Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.” 

CSM is still accepting students for its Master of Occupational Therapy program on a limited basis through 2019. 

Meet the Occupational Therapy Faculty