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 Candidacy 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
option is available to high school seniors who complete their bachelor's degree at the University of Findlay.
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 (560 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.)
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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.
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.
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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 higher score may be eligible.
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.
The University of Findlay's entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted
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
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.
|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 Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program, please contact Amy Yeater at 419-434-6936 or [email protected] or request information below.