Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program

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Occupational therapists assist people of all ages to develop or regain daily living and work skills through therapeutic activities.

This entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program combines academic studies and clinical experiences to provide you with the scientific and professional education you need as a highly trained occupational therapy practitioner.

You will have clinical experiences every term, beginning with structured observations, continuing with fieldwork rotations, and culminating with the individual doctoral experiences and capstone project. These experiences expose you to diverse patient populations across a variety of settings, both on and off campus.

The entry-level doctoral program in occupational therapy is built on the successes of the entry-level master’s of occupational therapy. It is currently ranked among the top 12 percent of OT programs nationally by U.S. News and World Report. This program employs the practitioner-teacher-investigator model, which integrates coursework, patient care and research. The program’s NBCOT exam outcomes are above the average national exam pass rate.

To view National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification pass rates for graduates of our program please visit: https://www.nbcot.org/Educators-Folder/SchoolPerformance

Occupational Therapy Program Quick Facts
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2 Years 8 Months

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*tuition is subject to change

Occupational therapy program accreditation summary


The entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program at RUSH University has been approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

The entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program at RUSH University is fully 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
Phone: 301-652-AOTA

Fax: 240-762-5140


The three year graduate rate is 96% with 107 of 111 matriculated students graduating from the program. Detailed information about graduation rates is below.

Graduation Year

Number of Students Matriculated Number of Graduates Graduation Rate
2020 36 36/36 graduated 100%
2021 36 34/36 graduated 94%
2022 37 36/37 graduated 97%
2023 38 37/38 graduated 97%
2024 36 not yet available not yet available
2025 36 not yet available not yet available


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