Group photo of new students, apart of the Class of 2021

Welcome to the Class of 2021!

The application cycle for Fall 2019 
(class of 2022) is now open. The application deadline is December 31, 2018.
 All applicants must apply through OTCAS.

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

Program Status:

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program at UTC is accredited 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

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.

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

Congratulations to our first Graduates,
the Spring Class of 2017 

100% first-time pass rate on the NBCOT!Spring 2017 OTD "Lucky 13" Graduates

Read about their journey