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Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Launch in Spring 2024*

North Central College School of Education and Health Sciences is excited to announce the launch of an Occupational Therapy Doctorate in Spring of 2024.* The entry level OTD program will provide students with an experiential educational process, guiding them to grow and develop the professional knowledge and ethical behavior necessary to be purposeful and competent practitioners. The program will challenge students in areas of development of leadership skills to advocate and lead the profession and implementation of evidence-based research in delivery of client-centered care. This educational process, grounded in the college’s liberal arts tradition, will prepare the students to collaborate inter-professionally within their workplaces and communities

*The entry level Occupational Therapy Doctorate is pending Higher Learning Commission (HLC) approval.

Please provide your name and email address to be added to our contact list. Upon receiving approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), North Central College will send detailed information on the OTD program.

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Following HLC approval, individuals may apply to the program; however, acceptances will not be made until ACOTE candidacy accreditation status is attained.


Accreditation Statement

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation 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 be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation 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.