Occupational Therapy News & Events

OT Masters to Doctorate

The Rockhurst University Department of Occupational Therapy is well underway in the transition from a masters to a doctoral-level program. Pending HLC and final ACOTE approvals, the new, entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program builds on the successes of its Master of Occupational Therapy program and is designed for those who wish to enter the profession with the highest level of preparation. Our high-quality program boasts an engaging, rigorous curriculum whereby students experience interprofessional teams and engage in a variety of service learning opportunities with community partners. The program is designed for students to develop skills in advanced practice, promote leadership skills and enhance research endeavors. The first OTD cohort is scheduled to start in the summer semester of 2021.*  Rockhurst University is scheduled to graduate its last Master of Occupational Therapy cohort in May of 2022.

*The Rockhurst University entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program has been granted Applicant Status through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and is pending final approvals by state, regional and national accrediting bodies. ACOTE is a part of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite. 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA (2682) and its web address is acoteonline.org.