UTC Occupational Therapy Doctorate welcomes the class of 2018!

OTD 2018


The application cycle for Fall 2016 (class of 2019) is now closed. The Fall 2017 (classof 2020) application cylce will open in July 2016.  All applicants must apply through OTCAS. For more information, please visit our admissions page.

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Occupational Therapy Department’s Vision Statement

The Occupational Therapy Department will be recognized as a premiere department that attracts and grows leaders of occupational therapy in the state, nation and world through exemplary integrated programs of education, practice, research, community service, and advocacy that meet real world occupational needs.


Occupational Therapy Department’s Mission Statement

The Occupational Therapy Department’s mission is three-fold:

  1. to provide doctoral-level education enabling students to integrate occupational therapy theory, practice and research;
  2. to foster faculty and student research on therapeutic occupation; and

  3. to develop leaders and advocates for society’s occupational needs.


Program Status:


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Pre-accreditation Status 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.


ACOTE’s web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must 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. 

Per the policies of the Graduate School, all credits applied toward the occupational therapy doctorate degree must be earned within a ten-year period.