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With a passion for improving the lives of others and a belief in the power of holistic health care, you aim to make a difference. As an occupational therapist, you can tap into these interests, and Drake’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) is your path to this meaningful career.

Drake’s accelerated, three-year OTD—and Pre-Occupational Therapy track for undergraduates—is designed with the future of health care in mind. As the demand for occupational therapists grows, you will be ready to meet those needs, backed by Drake’s tradition of educational excellence in the health sciences. That legacy is rooted in a learning experience that takes place in the classroom and in the field, and emphasizes technical knowledge and the interpersonal skills necessary to be an effective health care provider and innovative leader in occupational therapy.

But the Drake experience is about more than education; it’s about being part of a supportive and loyal community. You’ll gain individualized attention from expert faculty and staff invested in you and your future, developing relationships that last far beyond graduation.

The first cohort of OTD students graduated in May 2019.  Outcome data for future classes is not yet available.

Graduation Year Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate

NBCOT Exam New Grad Pass Rate

2019 26/26 100% No Data
2020 34/-- No Data No Data
2021 43/-- No Data No Data
2022 43/-- No Data No Data


The 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), 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 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. NOTE: In addition to the above statements, the program must have a documented and published policy to ensure that students complete all graduation, fieldwork, and experiential component requirements in a timely manner. This must include a statement that all Level II fieldwork and the experiential component of the program must be completed within a time frame established by the program. Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.