Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy
Huntington University emphasizes a Christ-centered approach to academics, and our first doctoral program reflects that heritage. Our Occupational Therapy Program (OTD) is positioned at 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 qualifed 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 customed-designed facilities in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Peoria, Arizona are top-of-the-line.
Huntington University's doctoral program in occupational therapy (OTD) is a continuous three-year, full-time degree program. Classes take place in person at our two locations.
We will promote your development in:
- Clinical Expertise
- Occupation-based Assessment and Intervention Strategies
- Leadership Skills
- Program Development
- International Service Learning
- Advanced Practice:
- Assistive Technology
- Hand Therapy
- Mental Health
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Examination.
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.
If you are missing any of the above requirements, please contact us to discuss ways to meet the requirements.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The 106 credit-hour curriculum is completed in a 3-year continous schedule of full-time academic work which includes required fieldwork credit hours. The first two years of didactic course work is between 40-47 credit hours per year. The final year requires 24 credit hours of fieldwork and doctoral capstone research.
Huntington University’s Doctoral in 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 email@example.com
1819 Carew St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Huntington University’s Doctoral in Occupational Therapy Program in Arizona 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
8385 W Mariners Way
Peoria, AZ 85382
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 email@example.com or call (800) 600-4888.
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