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OTD FAQ

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. 

ACCREDITED DOCTORAL-DEGREE-LEVEL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM

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 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. 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.

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 the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at (515) 271-3018 or drakeot@drake.edu.  If you do not find the answer to your question here, please contact us for more information.

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

We currently have 103 students enrolled in the O1, O2 and O3 years of our OTD program.  We expect the Summer 2019 incoming O1 class to be approximately 45 students.

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 an occupational therapist required for admission into the OTD program?

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

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