Occupational Therapy

As an occupational therapy (OT) student at Rockhurst, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to the community's health and wellness, conduct research under the guidance of a mentor, present findings at state and national meetings, manage and staff a student-run free health clinic.

Our comprehensive, fully accredited master of occupational therapy curriculum is presented in an exhilarating educational climate in the state-of-the-art St. Ignatius Science Center. The program includes five semesters of course work plus 24 weeks of clinical residency. A new class enters every summer. Learn more about admission requirements and application process, or by downloading our Occupational Therapy program overview (PDF) .

Points of Acceptance

The OT program accommodates multiple points of acceptance for interested students. For Rockhurst undergraduate students, these include freshman pre-admission, the occupational therapy scholars program and regular acceptance during the final year of undergraduate coursework.

A five-year Master of Occupational Therapy program, called the 3+2 program, is available to students who are consecutively enrolled at Rockhurst from their freshman year.

Post-baccalaureate apply through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) at otcas.org the summer prior to the selection of a new class. Transfer students may apply for pre-admission if they have completed two years of undergraduate coursework.

Come for a campus visit and experience an atmosphere that is friendly, challenging, interactive and diverse.

Why Study OT at Rockhurst?
  • You'll Be Prepared for the National Certification Exam.
    In fact, 100 percent of RU's 2013 occupational therapy graduates passed the exam.
  • See the World.
    You'll have opportunities to provide OT services locally and globally. 
  • Enhance Your Leadership Skills.
    Lead others by providing services to our community partners, and by serving on various department and university committees.
  • Create Connections.
    Your professors will become your greatest mentors, helping you build relationships with industry professionals. In fact, Rockhurst's OT program is ranked No. 18 in the nation for career support according to graduateprograms.com's 2015 student survey results.
Graduation Rates

Rockhurst University's occupational therapy program consistently has a high graduation rate.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Students Graduating  Graduation Rate
2012 38/36 95%
2013 38/36 95%
2014 38/37 97%
3 Year Total
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam

Rockhurst occupational therapy graduates consistently have a high success rate in passing the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam.

For most recent pass rates for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Exam, please visit NBCOT


Rockhurst University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1414. Phone: 800-621-7440 | Fax: 312-263-7462 | info@hlcommission.org

RU's occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE c/o AOTA, The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., 4720 Montgomery Ln Ste 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, Phone (members): 800-SAY-AOTA (729-2682) | Phone (non-members): 301-652-6611.


Contact the Office of Graduate Admission at graduate.admission@rockhurst.edu or 816-501-4097.