Earn your Occupational Therapy Doctorate Degree from The Ohio State University.
Students have entered the program with backgrounds in Health Sciences, Psychology, Biology, Exercise Science, Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Russian, Dance, and others.
Due to the integrated and complex nature of our curriculum design and the challenges associated with ensuring that all curricular content is adequately covered, we do not allow courses from other OT programs to substitute for courses in the OSU OT program. Students who have attended other OT programs who wish to transfer to our program are welcome to apply for admission according to the standard admission dates and policies.
Background Check Requirement
Students must successfully complete an annual criminal background check and be eligible to receive a student badge through the Wexner Medical Center. Certain offenses revealed on background checks constitute automatic bars to acceptance into the Division of Occupational Therapy. These offenses involve conviction of or pleading guilty to crimes based upon the Ohio Revised Code 2151.86, reflecting Senate Bill 38 Disqualifiers. Criminal conviction during the program may result in dismissal from the program. For questions, please contact the Division of Occupational Therapy.
Graduates of the program 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.
- Application Instructions
- Advising requirements
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Information Session Handout
- Central Ohio Locations for OT Observation
The OTD program is accredited 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. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address iswww.acoteonline.org.
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The Ohio State University
College of Medicine
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
406 Atwell Hall
453 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH, 43210-1262
OTCAS Portal Application closes on October 1, 2019