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.

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.