Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Entry-Level OTD Program Director:Ellen Cohn, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
If you already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and have decided to become an occupational therapist, congratulations on an excellent career choice. Whether your degree is in the sciences, humanities, or arts, a great deal of what you’ve learned can help you excel in this multifaceted helping profession. You’ll need an understanding of people, critical thinking skills, communication skills, creativity, and the desire to apply your knowledge in real-life situations.
Ranked #1 in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report
We’re proud that Boston University ranks among the world’s most esteemed educators of the next generation of leaders in occupational therapy. In fact, U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate school rankings named Boston University’s graduate Occupational Therapy program #1 (tied) out of 156 accredited programs in the United States.
Is Boston University’s entry-level OTD right for you?
At Boston University, OT academic coursework and fieldwork are integrated into a curriculum that’s occupation-focused, evidence-based, client-centered, and organized from a life-course perspective. You’ll study the concepts, theory, and practice of occupational therapy with professors and practitioners known in health care communities worldwide.
Beginning in your first semester and throughout the three year entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy curriculum, you’ll acquire an exceptional range of clinical experience through Level I Fieldwork and Level II Fieldwork placements chosen from BU’s large network of local and national clinical sites. You’ll also complete a 16-week “doctoral experiential component” focused on your particular professional interests in one of the following areas: clinical, research, policy and advocacy, or education.
Throughout the program, you’ll have close interaction and personal attention from our faculty. Many of your classes will be small seminar style; your largest lecture will have about 30 students.
Regardless of your undergraduate area of study, our program is designed to fully prepare you to take the NBCOT National Certification Examination. After passing the exam, you’ll be ready to enter clinical practice with confidence.
The Sargent College Advantage
The entry-level OTD program at Boston University welcomes students with a wide variety of educational and work experiences. We offer this diverse student community an outstanding combination of advantages:
- World-renowned faculty have extensive clinical and research experiences and are passionate about engaging students in these professional activities
- Focus on community-based practice and emerging practice areas
- The occupational therapy department is within a small college environment situated within a stimulating, urban research university
- Weekly fieldwork experiences occur throughout each on-campus semester and provide a broad exposure to clinical settings and client populations
- Coursework, fieldwork, and the “doctoral experiential component” are integrated into a curriculum that’s organized from a life-course perspective
- Hybrid curriculum includes on-campus and on-line courses
We’ve designed our program for students who:
- Desire to be agents of change for best practice
- Are flexible, dynamic, and creative problem solvers
- Can communicate and collaborate effectively with people from diverse communities
- Are interested in both the biological and behavioral sciences
- Enjoy the challenge of learning and applying complex knowledge about human occupations
- Are ready to assume responsibility for their own personal and professional development
NBCOT Pass Rates*
Please visit Boston University’s Accreditation & Certification webpage for more information, including our graduation rates.
*Please note: pass rates refer to graduates of Boston University’s MSOT Program.
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College’s entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree (OTD) program has been granted candidacy status 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. AOTA’s phone number is 301-652-2682, and their website is http://acoteonline.org/.
The OTD program is now eligible to proceed to Step 2 of the Initial Accreditation Process (the Initial Review), with the submission of the Self-Study Report due on July 1, 2018. The program would then participate in an Onsite Accreditation Team Visit, with the goal to receive formal accreditation before the first cohort of students graduate from the program.
- Our Student Ambassadors (current OT students working in our Goode OT Resource Room) at OTinfo@bu.edu with questions about the Boston University curriculum, OT student experience, student life, and living in Boston. If you are unable to attend an Entry-Level OTD Information Session, students may be able to arrange a visit and meet with you.
- OT Office (OT@bu.edu) with admissions and program questions.
MSOT Program converting to OTD Program
Boston University is a nationally recognized leader in preparing students for careers in occupational therapy. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education’s (ACOTE®) mandated that the profession take action to transition toward a doctoral-level single point of entry for occupational therapists by July 1, 2027. Building on Boston University’s solid foundation and reputation, the OT Department is leading the way by transitioning the Master of Science Program (MSOT) to an Entry-level Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy (OTD).