​​​​​​Doctor of Occupational Therapy

At the University of Findlay, students in the traditional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program are equipped with the coursework, experiential learning and fieldwork experiences necessary to fulfill leadership roles and advanced positions in the occupational therapy field. 

The University of Findlay has been granted Applicant Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) for its Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. 


Three-Year Traditional Program

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is a three-year, post-baccalaureate program. An early assurance option is available to high school seniors who complete their bachelor's degree at the University of Findlay. 

Curriculum Information
Designed to be completed in nine consecutive semesters with summer terms, the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is a 124-credit program including:
  • 97 academic course credits
  • 3 Level l Fieldwork credits (120 hours)
  • 12 Level ll Fieldwork credits (960 hours)
  • 12 Doctoral Experience credits (640 hours)
Level l Fieldwork is integrated throughout the academic program, Level ll Fieldwork follows the completion of all academic requirements, and the two Doctoral Experience rotations provide students with an  opportunity to enhance their skills and expertise in specific areas of interest (i.e. clinical practice, administration, advocacy, research, and/or education.) Click here to view the Doctor of Occupational Therapy courses.


Once the University of Findlay receives the necessary accreditation status from ACOTE, students will be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam upon completion of the program. 

The occupational therapy program reserves the right to make program and admission requirement changes without prior notice.


Admission Requirements

Students wishing to apply for admission to the traditional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program must complete the admission criteria and prerequisite courses. Students enrolled at the University of Findlay are given special consideration. Click here to view the admission criteria and prerequisite courses.


Early Assurance
High school seniors have the option to apply for the Early Assurance Program which reserves a seat in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program following the completion of their bachelor's degree and required criteria at the University of Findlay. Students with a 3.5 GPA (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or higher and a 25 ACT (1230 SAT) or higher score may be eligible. 

It is recommended that students work toward a bachelor's degree in psychology as there is a clear path in the Psychology Program for students planning to apply for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. Click here for more information about the Early Assurance Program.


Mission

The mission of the Traditional OTD program at the University of Findlay is to prepare occupational therapists who value and implement an evidence-based, community-focused and occupation-based approach to practice grounded in the tenets of occupational science; are leaders in a variety of professional roles; and participate in, and contribute to, ongoing professional development in preparation for service in diverse communities.



Accreditation Status


The University of Findlay's entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has been granted Applicant Status and has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, MD 20814-349. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Projected Schedule
Students may apply to the program
July 18, 2018 - October 12, 2018
Students may be notified of acceptance into the program
Mid - late December 2018
First class starts 
Late May or Early June
First class begins Level ll Fieldwork
June 2021
ACOTE Accreditation Decision
December 2021
First class graduates
May 2022
NBCOT Certification Examination
2022

For more information about the traditional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, please contact Amy Yeater at 419-434-6936 or yeater@findlay.edu or request information below.

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