The COVID19 pandemic is impacting occupational therapy education around the world. The UTC OTD Program, under the guidance of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), is working closely with University administration and students to alleviate the impact. Please review these statements from the American Occupational Therapy Association, our accrediting body, ACOTE and NBCOT for their updates.

Additional information and resources (for students, faculty, staff and parents) is available from UTC at:

OTD 2022


The application cycle for fall 2021 (class of 2024)
is now open.

The fall 2021 application cycle will close December 1st.

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.


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).  

Effective December 16, 2019, the AOTA office address will be: 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929 (previously 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814).

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.


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