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Bachelor’s to OTD Program 

EKU’s online bachelor’s to OTD bridge program is designed for licensed, certified occupational therapists interested in earning both their master’s and doctorate degrees from a single, respected OT program.

Our convenient combination program allows occupational therapists to earn their master’s degree after completing phase one of the curriculum and awards a doctorate degree at the completion of phase two. This coordinated curriculum allows some OTD courses to count toward both degrees, resulting in an accelerated and more cost effective approach.


Format: 100% online
Credit Hours: 40-42 hours
Tuition: $675 per credit hour
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 12 hours*
Career Options: Clinical occupational therapist, occupational therapy practice manager, occupational therapy researcher, occupational therapy instructor, college professor

* with departmental approval         

Note: Applicants to this program must be certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Occupational therapy assistants are not eligible. Due to state authorization restrictions students may be prohibited from conducting practicum experiences in some states. Please ask your enrollment advisor about any possible restrictions for your state of residency prior to submitting your application. You can review EKU’s state authorization map for more details.

What sets our program apart?
Focused on best practices and leadership building, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through topics such as advanced occupation-based practice, diversity and health disparity, policy and change, applied research and ethics, and evidence-based practice.

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • Courses begin 3 times per year
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • No campus visits required
  • Course plans tailored to your specific interests
  • Personal advisors stay with you from application to graduation
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Affordable quality courses from respected faculty
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best graduate schools for occupational therapy
  • Dynamic, supportive learning environment

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.