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OTD Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' OTD FAQ page.  This will address common questions that we receive from students who are interested in applying to our OTD program. 

DOCTORAL-DEGREE-LEVEL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM
(Program with Candidacy Status) The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy 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 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The program must have a preaccreditation review, 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, most 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.

Admission to the Drake University Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program is based on academic and personal qualifications that are necessary for successful, competent practice as an occupational therapist.  Candidates are evaluated on the basis of the fit between their personal goals and the mission and goals of the OTD program.  Prior education, work experience, honors, awards, service to others and leadership activities are also considered in the admission process.  Prior shadowing in an OT environment is helpful, but not required. 

If you encounter problems with any of the links on this page, or if you have suggestions for additional questions we should address on this page, please contact us.  If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at (515) 271-3018 for more information. 

How many students is Drake University going to accept into the OTD program?

The first OTD class will be approximately 25 students with the program growing to include approximately twice that many in the following years.

How can candidates boost their resume for admission to the OTD program?

Students wishing to apply for the OTD program should have a strong academic background to be able to meet coursework demands within the program.  Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (as calculated in OTCAS) in order to be considered for admission.  Candidates are evaluated on the basis of the fit between their personal goals and the mission and goals of the OTD program.  Prior education, work experience, honors, awards, service to others and leadership activities are also considered in the admission process.

Is shadowing at occupational therapist required for admission into the OTD program?

Prior shadowing in an OT environment is helpful, but not required.

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