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With a passion for improving the lives of others and a belief in the power of holistic health care, you aim to make a difference. As an occupational therapist, you can tap into these interests, and Drake’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) is your path to this meaningful career.

Drake’s accelerated, three-year OTD—and Pre-Occupational Therapy track for undergraduates—is designed with the future of health care in mind. As the demand for occupational therapists grows, you will be ready to meet those needs, backed by Drake’s tradition of educational excellence in the health sciences. That legacy is rooted in a learning experience that takes place in the classroom and in the field, and emphasizes technical knowledge and the interpersonal skills necessary to be an effective health care provider and innovative leader in occupational therapy.

But the Drake experience is about more than education; it’s about being part of a supportive and loyal community. You’ll gain individualized attention from expert faculty and staff invested in you and your future, developing relationships that last far beyond graduation.

View the tuition and additional fees for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program.

Data for the last three years of Drake OTD graduates are:

Graduation Year Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate**

NBCOT Exam New Grad Pass Rate

2021 43/43 100% 100%
2022 43/42 97% 100%
2023 49/47 95.9% 100%

**Graduation rate: The total number of students who graduated from a program within 150% of the published length of the program, divided by the number of students on the roster who started in the program.

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at


The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-6611 and its Web address is Graduates of the program 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). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

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