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/en/educators/home#schoolperformance

Occupational Therapy Program Quick Facts
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2 Years 8 Months

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Occupational therapy program accreditation summary

The MS program is now closed for admission and has been replaced by the entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate program.
  • 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


During the final three years of the MS program (2014-2016), 107 of 108 matriculated students graduated from the program, resulting in 99% graduation rate. Detailed information about graduation rates is below.

Year of Matriculation Number of Students Matriculated Number of Graduates Graduation Rate
2014 36 36/36 graduated 100%
2015 36 36/36 graduated 100%
2016 36 35/36 graduated 97%


36 36/36 graduated 100%
2018 36 34/36 graduated 94%
2019 37 35/37 graduated 95%
2020 38 not yet available not yet available
2021 36 not yet available not yet available



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