Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Contribute to the health and wellness of your community through Rockhurst University’s fully accredited occupational therapy programs.

Proven ROI, Occupational Therapy Salary

  • The median annual salary for an occupational therapist with experience is $81,690.
  • We are No. 18 in the U.S. in OT program rankings for career support, per graduateprograms.com.
  • Rockhurst University's occupational therapy program consistently has a high graduation rate.
  • 100% of our OT grads are employed within six months of graduation.


  • You’ll Be Prepared for the National Certification Exam. RU has an above-average pass rate for first-time test takers.

  • You’ll Serve Others. Take advantage of the many opportunities to provide services locally and internationally.

  • You’ll Take the Lead. RU offers OT students a number of ways to enhance leadership skills, from working with community partners to serving on university committees.

  • You’ll Create Connections. Your network will grow to include new mentors and industry professionals.
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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.

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.

3+2 Program

Our five-year Master of Occupational Therapy program, available to students consecutively enrolled at RU since freshman year. Contact the OT office early if interested in this opportunity.

Regular Admittance

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

Transfer Pre-admission

Apply for pre-admission if you have completed two years of undergraduate coursework at another college or university.



Gain a competitive edge in today’s health care industry by earning two degrees at once: a Master of Occupational Therapy, along with either an MBA or a Master of Arts. 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.
Occupational Therapy Class


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.org.


To ensure our occupational therapy graduates are fully prepared for a successful career, Rockhurst University’s Department of Occupational Therapy is preparing to transition from a masters to a doctoral-level program. This aligns with the direction of the OT profession and recent updates to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education’s (ACOTE) standards.

Implementation plans for this change are in development, with a goal of transitioning to it as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will continue to provide a leading masters program among occupational therapy schools.

For more information, visit the ACOTE site or contact Beth Harris, graduate admissions coordinator, at beth.harris@rockhurst.edu.


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.