​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Doctor of Occupational Therapy

At the University of Findlay, students in the​ Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) 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 Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy ​Education (ACOTE) for its Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program. 

Three-Year OTD 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 122-credit program including:

  • 98 academic course credits
  • 3 Level l Fieldwork credits (120 hours)
  • 12 Level ll Fieldwork credits (960 hours)
  • 2 Doctoral Capstone​ Project credits 
  • 7 Doctoral Capstone Experience credits (56​0 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 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 (1200​ SAT) or a higher score may be eligible. 

Students can choose any bachelor's degree that meets the ​required prerequisites for the OTD Program. We recommend working toward a bachelor's degree in exercise scienceintervention specialistpsychology or social work, as they have​ clear pathways to the OTD Program​. Click here for more information about the Early Assurance Program.


The mission of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program at the University of Findlay is to prepare occupational therapists who value clinical and professional reasoning, implement evidence-based, community-focused, and occupation-based approaches to practice grounded in the tenets of humans as occupational beings; are ethical, reflective, autonomous practitioners and leaders in a variety of meaningful professional roles for service with diverse populations.​

Accreditation Status

The University of Findlay’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has been granted Preaccreditation Status and 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) 652-6611 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The program must 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.

Projected Schedule

Students may apply to the program
July - October
Students may be notified of acceptance into the program
Mid to late December
First class starts 
Late May or Early June
First class begins Level ll Fieldwork
ACOTE Accreditation Decision
First class graduates
NBCOT Certification Examination
Same year of graduation

For more information about the​ Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, please contact Amy Yeater at 419-434-6936 or [email protected]

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