Occupational Therapy Doctorate

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DOCTORATE

RU’s occupational therapy doctorate program helps you contribute to the health and wellness of your community.

Earn an Occupational Therapy Doctorate at RU

Now Accepting Applications!

Contribute to your community’s health and wellness by earning a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree from Rockhurst University. Our OT program creates an atmosphere that is friendly, challenging, interactive, and diverse. The comprehensive occupational therapy doctorate curriculum is presented in an educational climate that mimics real-world therapy practices.

As an occupational therapist, you’ll enable people of all ages to live life to the fullest. Within our program, you’ll have opportunities to conduct research under the guidance of a mentor, present findings at state and national conferences, and help lead student-run community clinics.

About the OT Degree Programs

A PURPOSEFUL CAREER

What does an occupational therapist do?

Here, it’s about more than earning a degree. It’s about preparing you to become an ethical practitioner and a thoughtful leader in occupational therapy. It’s a chance to challenge yourself, interact in a diverse environment and serve others.

You could become an occupational therapist, providing therapy to injured, ill or disabled indviduals in facilities both large and small. Become a clinician in an emerging and exciting area, an administrator within a health system, a leader of public policy, a researcher for better solutions, an instructor to continue your impact, and so much more.

 

PROVEN ROI

Occupational Therapy Salary

  • The median annual salary for an occupational therapist with experience is $81,690.
  • Rockhurst University's occupational therapy major consistently produces high graduation rates.
  • Nearly 100% of our program grads have OT jobs within six months of graduation.

With Rockhurst's 2.5-year curriculum, our occupational therapy graduate program gets graduates into the job market as soon as they're ready.

Real Life Learning at Operation Breakthrough


Rockhurst University Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology students have the privilege of helping kids at Kansas City's own Operation Breakthrough. Through the community partnership, RU students get real, hands-on experiences with early learning intervention while Operation Breakthrough is able to serve more kids. It's a win-win for both, though the kids may come out ahead as they are better prepared to enter and succeed in school.

Why the Rockhurst Occupational Therapy Doctorate?

World-Class Faculty

Our professors give specialized attention to all students and have experience in pediatrics, hand therapy, adult rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, mental health, geriatrics, assistive technology, community practice, and research.


Experience Jesuit Values

Students gain real-world clinical skills and enhance ethical development by participating in service-learning and authentic, practical opportunities in the community. Our Jesuit foundation makes Rockhurst a unique choice in the occupational therapy school landscape.


Gain Practical Experience Through Service Learning Already Integrated into the Curriculum

Throughout the program, you'll participate in service-learning related to OT and have the opportunity to engage in numerous local and international service opportunities.


Do Meaningful Research

Rockhurst occupational therapy students conduct research under the guidance of a mentor and present their findings at state and national conferences.


Enhance Leadership Skills

Students develop leadership skills as they provide services alongside community partners, collaborate with other healthcare disciplines, and participate in departmental and university committees.


Work in Innovative Spaces

Help run constraint-induced movement therapy camps for children with disabilities, modify and adapt toys for children with special needs, and educate clients on assistive technology on RU’s campus.

RU Occupational Therapy Alum Leads Self-Help Skill Programs for Kids


Dr. Katie Ryan-Bloomer, a Rockhurst University alum and assistant professor of occupational therapy, helps conduct programs for children undergoing constraint-induced movement therapy. Ryan-Bloomer and others at Ability KC work with kids through play therapy and additional occupational activities to help improve the kids’ self-help skills.

OTD PROGRAM POINTS OF ACCEPTANCE

Apply for the OT program at a point that works best for you.

Freshman Pre-Admission

A program for exceptional students. Admission is based on a combination of your ACT or SAT scores, high school GPA and prerequisite courses.

Regular Admittance

Apply during your final year of undergraduate work. Post-baccalaureate students apply the summer prior to the selection of a new class.

OT Scholars Program

An advanced admission program for outstanding current RU students. Apply by submitting a letter of intent to the OT office at the beginning of your sophomore year.

Transfer Pre-Admission

Apply for pre-admission if you have completed two years of undergraduate courses at another school.

Accelerated Program

Early entrance into the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is available to students consecutively enrolled at RU since their freshman year. Contact the OT Program Advisor to determine eligibility.

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Exam Pass Rates

NBCOT logo

 

Rockhurst OT 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.org.

NBCOT, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
One Bank Street Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: 301-990-7979

Accreditation

The OTD program has reached Candidacy Status through ACOTE. The program must complete an on-site evaluation and be granted full 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).

ACOTE c/o AOTA, The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
6116 Executive Blvd Ste 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone (members): 800-SAY-AOTA (729-2682)
Phone (non-members): 301-652-6611

The Rockhurst University Master of Occupational Therapy program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE). The MOT program is being phased out and is no longer accepting applications. 

Faculty Certifications

Collectively, RU OT faculty has the following certifications:

Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) Certification, Certified Hand Therapy (CHT), Certified Physical Agent Modalities (CPAM), Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) Certification, Fieldwork Education Certification, LSVT Big Certification, Advanced Pediatric Practice Certification through Texas Woman’s University.

Faculty have advanced training in areas such as assistive technology, trauma-informed care, Kinesio-taping, static and dynamic splinting, pelvic floor rehabilitation, feeding, and dysphagia care

DUAL-DEGREES WITH A DOCTORATE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Gain a competitive edge in today’s health care industry by earning two degrees at once: an Occupational Therapy Doctorate, along with either an MBA or an MA in Organizational Leadership.

A dual-degree program offers:

  • A balanced mix of OT and business classes to create a manageable course load.
  • Faculty and staff who work together to support you throughout the program.
  • A potential completion time of two years.
  • Business classes on weeknights so they do not conflict with your daytime OT schedule.
  • An opportunity to strengthen your professional readiness.

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