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Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree (OTD)

Why Study Occupational Therapy at Huntington University?

Huntington University has a heritage of excellence in academics, and our first doctoral program reflects that heritage. Occupational therapy (OT) sits on the cutting edge of healthcare; our vision when so few other schools were offering doctoral programs in occupational therapy has made us a leader in OT education from the beginning.

We are an established program with a track record of quality graduates who are highly certified and competitively placed in the field. Our renowned faculty have professional experience in the field – many are still practicing occupational therapists as well as educators – and our facilities in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Peoria, Arizona are top-of-the-line.

Huntington University's doctoral program in occupational therapy (OTD program) is a three-year, full-time degree program. Classes take place in person at our two locations.

We will promote your development in:

  • Faith
  • Health and wellness
  • Leadership skills
  • Advanced practice
  • Research
  • Professional service

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist that the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) administers.

Locations

Fort Wayne Location
1819 Carew St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 702-9621

Fall (August) and Spring (January) Cohorts

Arizona Location
8385 W Mariners Way
Peoria, AZ 85382
(480) 939-5074

Spring (January) Cohort

Admission Requirements and Prerequisite Courses

1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or a plan to complete one prior to enrollment. While we do not require any specific discipline, undergraduate students often major in areas such as health science, exercise science, or psychology in preparation for a doctorate program in occupational therapy.

2. Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

3. B- or better in all prerequisite courses:

   - Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab >> 4 credits
   - Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab >> 4 credits
   - Lab Science (Biology, Physics or Chemistry) >> 3–4 credits
   - Introduction to Psychology >> 3 credits
   - Abnormal Psychology >> 3 credits
   - Social Science >> 3 credits
   - Statistics or Research >> 3 credits
   - Medical Terminology >> 1–3 credits

Candidates must have completed the above prerequisites within the last ten years. We accept applications with prerequisites still in progress as long as we receive official transcripts showing successful completion (B- or better) prior to program matriculation. For prerequisites taken during the Spring 2020 semester affected by COVID-19, a grade of Satisfactory or Pass will be accepted.

4. Minimum of 50 hours of observational, volunteer, and/or work experience in occupational therapy completed before the start of classes. Candidates do not have to complete all 50 hours prior to application. We recommended having more than one observation site and experience with ages across the lifespan. Alternative options are available for those unable to gain access to onsite observation hours. Please contact graduate@huntington.edu to review alternatives.

5. Completed OTCAS application.

6. Three letters of recommendation submitted via OTCAS. At least one of these must be from a healthcare provider, preferably a licensed occupational therapist.

7. Candidates who are invited to the interview phase of the admission process will be required to complete a writing sample based on a short reading assignment. The student will be given up to 50 minutes to complete the essay.

Successful participation and completion of the doctoral program in occupational therapy will require students to be competent in using computer and internet technology. Learn more about required technology

Successful participation and completion of the doctoral program in occupational therapy will require students to be competent in using computer and internet technology. Specifics about required technology can be found on the Computer Recommendation webpage.

More information can be found on the Admissions Requirements page

Tuition and Fees

Tuition per credit hour is $946 (111 total hours) and a three-year program completion plan with fees can be viewed here.

Curriculum

The 111 credit-hour curriculum is completed in 3 years of full-time academic work which includes required fieldwork credit hours.

Accreditation

Indiana Accreditation

Huntington University’s Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program in Indiana 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 www.acoteonline.org. acote's email address is accred@aota.org

Indiana Location
1819 Carew St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Arizona Accreditation

The Huntington University-Arizona 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 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 www.acoteonline.org.

The program must have a pre-accreditation 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, 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.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.

Arizona Location
8385 W. Mariners Way
Peoria, AZ 85382

OT Happenings

Check out what our department has been up to!
Can Newborns Breathe and Swallow at the Same Time?
Dr. Henton and Dr. Vilensky co-authored an article on the false belief that newborns can breathe and swallow at the same time.
The Spring 2023 Cohort doing their first Splinting Lab!
OT Faculty Publish Anatomy Textbooks
Dr. Short & Dr. Vilensky contracted with Books of Discovery to author a functional anatomy book geared specifically toward entry-level occupational therapy faculty & students.
Congrats to the HU OTD students who received the ASHT First-Time Researcher Award! Kailey Francetic and Clayton Lange presented the results on the reliability of goniometric methods to measure scapular protraction & retraction at the ASHT in St. Louis, MO. This award is an honor & rare for experienced clinicians & unprecedented for OT students.
OT Student Volunteer
HU OTD Arizona students assisted the St. Joseph Workforce Villages Program in putting together furniture. A partnership was also announced between The Workforce Villages team and HU OTD AZ students.
Hand and Upper Extremity Specialty Club Hosts “Hands-on-Orthotics” Course
Fabricating custom orthotics to facilitate hand function is a unique aspect of occupational therapy practice. Gary Solomon, former president of the American Society of Hand Therapists and director of Chicago Metro Hand Therapy, for a course on advanced orthotic fabrication.
OTD Grad Fellowship: Tekola
Hanna Tekola, OTD, OTR/L, Huntington University graduate Class of 2022, has been named to the Assistive Technology fellowship at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.
OTD Grad Fellowship: Thompson
Huntington University graduate Nicole K. Thompson, OTD, Class of 2022, has been named to Parkview’s AOTA Neurologic Occupational Therapy Fellowship. This is the first time Parkview has offered this fellowship.

Upcoming OTD Preview Days

Preview Days will be held at both the Fort Wayne location (1819 Carew St, Fort Wayne, IN) and at the Arizona location (8385 W Mariners Way, Peoria, AZ). For questions regarding Preview Day dates and locations, please contact graduate@huntington.edu or call (800) 600-4888.

You have questions. We have answers.

If you have any questions, please contact graduate@huntington.edu or (800) 600-4888

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The perfect idea for your capstone project — and exciting, unexpected opportunities — might be closer than you think. Check out this story of how OT students used their skills to help their fellow Foresters by serving as health and safety managers on film shoots.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us at graduate@huntington.edu or (800) 600-4888.

Application Process