- Housing: Based on a survey of current students as of June 2023 the average cost of housing for the OTD program was $1,097.00 per month
- Books: The cost of books for the total program as of June 2023 was $3,023.83. This is subject to change.
- Tuition and Fees are subject to change.
- According to FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), cost of attendance is defined as total amount of attending the program, which includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, transportation, loan fees as well as fees associated with distance education.
- A total estimated cost of attendance for graduate students can be found here.
By using the link to Tuition and Fee Information, the cost per semester may be calculated for the current semester. Be sure to select your residency status and scroll down to the graduate level status as well as the correct academic year. In addition, as noted, the OTD program charges a $59.00 per credit hour differential fee. Therefore, the total amount paid per semester depends on the number of credit hours taken. Information on the current semester fees, including parking is also available.
Please note that it is difficult to establish residency for tuition purposes in Tennessee if you are not already a resident. Non-residents should make all decisions based on out of state tuition. Residents of specific Georgia and Alabama counties may qualify for regional tuition rates. Residents of specific southern states may qualify for in-state tuition through the Academic Common Market. For more information, click the links below.
Parking permits are optional. For additional information and associated costs, please click the link above.
Regional tuition credit applies to students who are residents of Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Murray, Walker and Whitfield counties in Georgia and Jackson County in Alabama. The Application for Regional Tuition Differential Rate form must be submitted for every semester of enrollment in order to maintain regional tuition differential rate.
The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition-savings program for college students in 15 SREB (Southern Regional Education Board) states who want to pursue degrees not offered by their home state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the institution’s in-state tuition rates. Residents of six participating states may be eligible for in-state tuition for the OTD. Pursuing approval is the applicant's responsibility.
The cost of books will vary by semester. As many books are utilized over multiple semesters, the first year of the program will be the most expensive. An estimated total cost of required books for the program is $3,023.83.
To determine the required texts and cost for a course, you may enter the course numbers in the Find Course Materials tool on the UTC Bookstore website.
Please note that this information is based on the academic year tuition and fees. Tuition rates may change, and the number of credit hours in a semester are subject to change in an upcoming academic year. All fees are subject to any changes approved by the Board of Trustees prior to the beginning of a term.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
The AOTA office is located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929.
ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is https://acoteonline.org/ .
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, 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.
Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 12 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.