College of Education and Rehabilitation
Department of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program
Graduation and the awarding of a degree from the University are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of both academic and behavioral requirements. All students must demonstrate the emotional maturity, stability and professional attributes desirable for the practice of their profession, must be of good moral character and must have demonstrated integrity and honesty in their personal behavior.
All required curricula, fieldwork placements, doctoral practicum, directed independent studies, a capstone project and a final comprehensive exam must be completed with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Under normal circumstances all didactic course/clinical and fieldwork placements are completed in no more than 32 months (not including approved leaves of absence) and students must present evidence of continuing to make satisfactory academic progress at all times. A student must complete the entire program within four years. Extensions will be reviewed by the dean of the College of Education and Rehabilitation (CER) on an individual basis, and must be approved by the vice president of Academic Affairs.
Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. (Please note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure).