The curriculum for KU's doctorate degree in occupational therapy combines practicum and community-based fieldwork to provide optimal learning experiences toward a successful career in occupational therapy
This program allows students with an undergraduate degree and the appropriate prerequisite coursework to pursue a three-year clinical doctorate degree. This includes academic, practicum and fieldwork preparation for professional practice in a variety of occupational therapy settings.
In this program, you'll have the benefit of practicum and fieldwork experiences throughout the Kansas City community, the state of Kansas and, in some cases, other locations in the U.S.
Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 48 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.
Upon completion of the three-year program, you'll be eligible to take the occupational therapist certification examination administered by NBCOT. Successful completion of the entire three-year program is necessary to take this certification exam, which is required for legal employment as a practicing occupational therapist.
For detailed information about the entry-level doctorate program in occupational therapy, please visit the KU Academic Catalog.
The National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy administers a national certification examination to graduates of accredited entry-level programs. All states require licensure or registration to practice; initial certification is obtained by completing the nationally administered, standardized examination. Students are eligible to take the national certification exam after completion of all program requirements.
"Graduating from KU's occupational therapy program prepared me well for the professional world as an occupational therapist. The great faculty mentors I made during my studies led me to return to KU Medical Center to continue my education at the doctoral level."- Mark Burghart, Class of 2018
Vaccines and Clinical Site Requirements
The University of Kansas Medical Center requires various immunizations for its students. For a detailed list please visit the student health forms webpage or speak with Student Health Services. These immunization requirements help promote health and safety and facilitate clinical placement.
Many, if not all, clinical sites who partner with the University of Kansas Medical Center require proof of these vaccines for students engaged in training or other programmatic experiences at clinical sites. Not being vaccinated may preclude students from participating in activities, potentially impeding their ability to complete all program requirements for degree completion. Applicants with questions should speak with a representative from the academic program to which they intend to apply.