Information on Program Costs

Graduate students are billed for a maximum of 9 hours each semester. Your tuition and fees are based on 9 hours although students in our program generally take closer to 18 hours a semester. The current number of hours per semester is listed below. Students in our program also pay a tuition differential of $58.00 per credit hour. Therefore, specific tuition and fees will vary by semester.


This information is based on the 2019-2020 academic year. 


Based on 2020-2021 tuition rates, the following are estimated total costs for the full 8 semesters of the OTD program:

In state: $47,866 ($5,135 per semester x 8 semesters plus 117 credit hours x $58 per hour)

Regional Tuition discount: $63,994 ($7,151 per semester x 8 semesters plus 117 credit hours x $58 per hour)

Out of State:  $80,122 ($9,167 per semester x 8 semesters plus 117 credit hours x $58 per hour)


Current OTD Hours

Fall I- 18 hours  

Spring I- 18 hours

Summer I- 15 hours

Fall II- 18 hours

Spring II- 15 hours

Summer II- 9 hours

Fall III- 12 hours

Spring III- 12 hours

Total hours- 117

By using the Fee Estimator the cost per semester may be calculated. Be sure to select your residency status and graduate level status. Under “Class Types and Credit Hours” select the number of credit hours for the semester as “Seated Hours.” Under “Specific Class and Lab Fees,” be sure to check “Let Me Specify” and select the appropriate number of hours under “Therapy Classes.” Be sure this number matches the number of seated hours you selected under “Class Types and Credit Hours.” Do not select any other options under “Specific Class and Lab Fees” except the number of credit hours for therapy classes. 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. For more information on regional tuition rates, click the links below.

Link to Fee Estimator

Link to Fee schedule

Link to Regional Tuition Information

Link to Application for Regional Tuition Differential Rate  This form must be submitted for every semester of enrollment in order to maintain regional tuition differential rate.

Please note that this information is based on the current 2020-2021 academic year.  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).  

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.