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

At the University of Findlay, students in the traditional 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 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 Capston 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 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.


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 applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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-AOTA 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 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

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.

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