Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program Details

General Program Requirements

The Rush University OTD program is a full-time program with classes occurring Monday-Friday, however, some evening and weekend hours may be required periodically for the completion of academic and clinical assignments. In these situations students will be given ample notice to arrange their schedules accordingly. Although the majority of classes are on campus, there are several courses that are online with both asynchronous and synchronous sessions. Technology requirements for those courses and the entire program can be found below. Collaborative strategies are commonly used in the curriculum which means that students will need to work with their peers outside of scheduled class periods.

Attendance and active participation are important aspects of professional education and are critical to professional development. Students are expected to be present for all class, lecture and lab meetings. They are fully responsible for all content presented to them. Excused absences must be requested prior to the class meeting time and must be validated by the instructor. Valid excuses include illness, doctor’s instruction, notice of death in family, religious obligations and other special circumstances. Students must e-mail or call the instructor in the case of an absence. The student is responsible for obtaining class information after an absence.

Business casual dress is required for the classroom and scrubs or business casual are required for clinical assignments. Caribbean blue scrubs are required for all practicum and fieldwork experiences that occur at Rush University Medical Center. For clinical placements outside of Rush, students will be required to follow each site’s dress code.

Technology: Require Software/Online Tools

My Apps: https://myapps.rush.edu/

Students are recommended to use My Apps, which is a virtual desktop where Office software, Rush Email, and secure storage is provided.

Visit https://rushuportal.learning.rush.edu/faq for more information about the My Apps virtual environment. Students are also able to log into RULearning from MyApps.

RULearning Login Page: https://rulearning.rush.edu/

Students are also able to access RULearning via the listed login page.

Computer Requirements: Students should have computers with audio/visual capabilities (including the ability to record presentation assignments) and that support learning management tools including but not limited to Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, Panapto and ExamSoft.

Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint: If you do not already have the Microsoft Office software you can access the Suite through My Apps or download a copy of the Microsoft Office suite at a reduced cost for Windows or Mac users: https://rush.onthehub.com/

Internet Browsers: Students should have access to more than one browser, such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Safari. All browsers should be the most up-to-date version available.

Internet Requirements: Students must have access to a high-speed internet connection when working off campus.

Adobe Acrobat Reader: Students should have access to the most up-to-date Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Graduation Requirements

Once admitted to the Occupational Therapy program, students embark on a journey that entails the accumulation of 107 term hours for graduation. In order to graduate and have the Occupational Therapy Doctorate conferred, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Successfully complete all didactic coursework and fieldwork
  • Pass the Department of Occupational Therapy competency exam
  • Successfully complete all requirements of the individual doctoral experience and capstone project
  • Pass the Rush University Interprofessional Patient Care Teams course (IPE 503)
  • Complete a minimum of 16 contact hours of approved professional or community service

In order to be eligible to take the registration exam administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists, students must have completed all graduation requirements as documented in official transcripts from Rush University. Students must complete all program requirements within 45 months from the time they begin the program. Students will have 15 months to complete Level II fieldwork after the final day of Semester 5 of the curriculum and 12 months to complete the doctoral experience/project after the last day of their final Level II fieldwork. Any student who expects to go beyond this timeframe must request an exception to the policy in writing to the program director.

Career Options

Graduates of the program have a 100 percent employment rate within six months of graduating. (MS data) They have accepted competitive positions in the Chicago area and across the country in the following settings:

  • Community-based agencies
  • Educational settings
  • Hospitals
  • Private practices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • University clinics

Nationally, career opportunities are excellent. Employment of occupational therapy practitioners is expected to grow 29 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Tuition will be $13,789 per term for academic year 2019-2020.  Rush does not charge additional fees.  However,  there are other cost components to consider when applying for financial assistance including medical insurance (required), books, supplies, rent, utilities, etc.  Note: tuition is subject to change.

Student Occupational Therapy Association


Admissions Contact 
Phone: (312) 942-1084

Email: chs_admissions@rush.edu

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