Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program

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About the Program

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Established in 1994, we graduated our first class of graduate occupational therapy students in August, 1996. Last year we received approval from ACOTE to start a doctoral program and this fall (2016) we admitted our first doctoral class. We will no longer be offering the Master degree in occupational therapy. Our graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in occupational therapy and often progress rapidly to leadership positions in the field.

The program offers a rigorous education in both the basic sciences and in occupation-based practice with advanced skills in clinical practice, research, leadership, advoacacy and a capstone experiential project.. Occupational therapists must learn to participate collaboratively with other health care professionals. For this reason, core courses are shared with students in the physical therapy programs. Learning to communicate with other health care providers is important in preparation of building teamwork.

Pass Rate

The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination for 2013–2015 was 105 out of 106, which is a pass rate of 99% (of 106 test takers, 105 passed). During the three year period, the program had 106 graduates. For our most recent year, 2015, the pass rate was 100% (of 34 test takers, 34 passed). The total number of graduates for 2015 was 34. The website for all OT program pass rates is located at: https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Address
4720 Montgomery Lane
Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
Phone:
301-652-AOTA
Program Accreditation Status Last Visit Next Visit
Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Candidacy received. Students entering in 2016 will be in the OTD program with the opt-out option to receive an MOT degree only. N/A (transitioning to new OTD program) Site visit scheduled for 2018
Entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Full accreditation 2008 2018

Application Deadline

The Postmark Application Deadline is

Applications may be filed beginning two months prior to the application deadline, keeping in mind that it is to your advantage to include as many available grades as possible with the application for admission. For example, with the postmark deadline of October 1st for fall entry, you should wait to submit an application until your summer grades are available. After the deadline, applications may be accepted on a space available basis. Contact the Office of Admission for further information once the deadline has passed.

Contact Information

Please review this website for details regarding admission to the OTD program at Samuel Merritt University. If you have specific questions about prerequisites or applying for admission, please contact us and we will be happy to help you. The Admission Counselor who works most closely with the OTD program is:

Kasie Lemmer, Admission Counselor
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OT Fieldwork

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OTD Program Handbook 2016-2017

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MOT Program Handbook 2016-2017

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