Occupational Therapy

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DOCTORATE (OTD) PROGRAM

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In response to national trends toward entry-level doctoral education for occupational therapists, Cleveland State University's Master of Occupational Therapy Program is in the process of transitioning to the doctoral level. Cleveland State University plans to offer a 3-year, 8 term, entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree beginning Fall 2020.

Cleveland State University's Occupational Therapy Program has applied for accreditation and candidacy status of its entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.  Please refer to Accreditation Section below for more information about accreditation timeline.

We will be accepting applications in Fall 2019 for students to begin the first semester of the OTD Program in Fall 2020. Deadline to submit an application is October 1st (OTCAS will be available to accept new applications August 1). Please refer to Admission and Advising for more information.

The Program will be notified whether it has obtained Candidacy Status for the OTD Program in August of 2019.  If the Program obtains Candidacy Status for the OTD, the Program will review applications submitted in Fall 2019 for students to begin the first semester of the OTD Program in Fall 2020.  If the Program does NOT receive Candidacy Status for the OTD, the Program will review applications submitted in Fall 2019 for admission into the accredited Master of Occupational Therapy Program for Fall 2020.

ABOUT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY: Occupational Therapists (OT) use everyday activities as the means to enable people to thrive, moving beyond disabilities or limitations, creating opportunities to maximize participation in life and quality of life. If you feel satisfaction from and enjoy helping others achieve competence, meaning, and self-fulfillment in their daily lives, then occupational therapy may be an excellent career choice for you.With anticipated growth of up to 23.8 percent between 2016 and 2026, the field of Occupational Therapy has been ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top 15 best jobs of 2019.

ABOUT CSU's OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM: CSU's OT Program has been in existence for 45 years, admitting its first Bachelor’s degree class in 1974. The program transitioned to an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2002. The Program is in the process of transitioning to the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Degree. See below for more information about accreditation.

The Cleveland State University (CSU) Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program welcomes your interest in our academic program. The OTD Program is one of seven programs in the School of Health Sciences, offered within the College of Sciences and Health Professions. The occupation-centered curriculum is designed using an adult learning model, integrating didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences, as well as the doctoral capstone through eight consecutive semesters. Students must complete a minimum of 103 credits, which includes 24 weeks (940 hours) of full-time fieldwork and a doctoral capstone in order to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination and to apply for state licensure. To allow for continuity of academic and clinical learning, the students shall complete the program, including fieldwork and doctoral experience and project, within 14 semesters of the start of classes unless they have written permission from the program director to extend the timeline.

Graduates of the CSU OTD Program will be prepared to work in both medical and community-based settings. They assume diverse roles in clinical practice, consultation, teaching, management, research, and advocacy.

The Program offers unique occupation-based programs in the community that are designed to provide our students with an opportunity to participate in innovative and emerging areas of practice that enhance engagement in meaningful occupations to improve the quality of life and health of participants.

The experienced faculty provide high quality instruction and learning opportunities, preparing graduates to become skilled and ethical practitioners who provide occupational therapy services to diverse individuals, groups, communities, and populations within complex interdisciplinary systems using the best evidence. To learn more about Faculty & Staff , please visit their faculty profiles.

To learn more about our program, please explore this website.

ADVISING: The OT Program strongly encourages all interested students to schedule an appointment with an OT faculty advisor.  Click on "Schedule Your Appointment Now" and please refer to Admission and Advising for more information.

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ACCREDITATION: Cleveland State University's Occupational Therapy Program has applied for accreditation and candidacy status of its entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The following is the expected timeline for accreditation of the OTD Program: obtain candidacy status (August 2019), have a pre-accreditation review (April 2022), complete an on-site evaluation (August-November 2022), and be granted Accreditation Status (December 2022). All steps must be completed before its first graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist (2023) administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Graduates who successfully pass the certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the NBCOT, 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.

For more information about the accreditation process for the OTD Program, please view PDF iconACOTE's letter to prospective applicants.