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. We plan to accept applications in Fall 2019 for students to begin the first semester of the OTD Program in Fall 2020.
Accreditation: Cleveland State University's Occupational Therapy Program has applied for accreditation 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.
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.