Occupational Therapy

Master’s to OTD

Become an Ethical Change Leader in the Field of Occupational Therapy

EKU’s online master’s to OTD program is designed for licensed, certified occupational therapists interested in advancing their careers and becoming ethical leaders of change in occupational therapy services for diverse populations.

Our nationally respected OT program allows students currently holding a master’s, in OT or another field, to earn their doctorate degree without the need to relocate and while maintaining personal and professional obligations.

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.

Program At-A-Glance

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Benefits
Do I have to be Licensed?
Careers

Benefits of EKU Online

Focused on best practices and leadership building, a degree from EKU’s renowned occupational therapy program can give you a competitive edge in the job market and set you up to thrive in this growing field.

  • 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

Do I have to be Licensed?

Yes. All 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.

Occupational Therapy Career Opportunities

Occupational therapists address physical, mental, emotional and developmental needs for clients of all ages. Moreover, occupational therapy jobs are available in a variety of areas including schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient service providers, home health, early intervention and academia.

Doctoral degrees are becoming increasingly necessary in order to meet the complex demands of healthcare. Occupational therapists will need to pursue doctoral education in order to compete and exert leadership in the educational and healthcare services arenas.

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Curriculum

This path is for those who have a master’s degree in OT or a bachelor’s degree in OT with a master’s degree in any field. 

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.

Degree Requirements

A total of 40 credits are required to graduate. Complete degree requirement information about the occupational therapy program is available in the University graduate catalog.

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 12 hours of credit from accredited institutions.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University graduate catalog.

OTS 853 – Leadership and Change in Occupational Therapy (3)
Advance ethical leadership skills through development and application of current leadership theory to become a change agent to positively impact the profession.

OTS 882 – Advanced Occupational Science (3)
Exploration of occupational science as a disciplinary knowledge base, current research on occupation-based practice, and methods of developing occupation-based practice. Emphasis on change, clinical leadership, and research.

OTS 886 – Culture and Diversity in OT (3)
Importance of culture and diversity in the understanding of health disparities in health care policy and OT practice. Global and national policy and program models for inclusion of culture, diversity and disability are highlighted.

OTS 912 – Evidence-Based Practice for OT (3)
Evaluate and perform critical research appraisals to justify intervention decisions. Content focuses on: clinical reasoning, outcomes measurement, finding evidence, changes in practice, ethics, and communicating evidence-based decisions to stakeholders.

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Enrollment

Courtney Spradling

Courtney Spradling

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Courtney Spradling for information about the EKU Online Occupational Therapy Doctorate program.

Contact Info:
859-622-9951
Courtney.Spradling@eku.edu

Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A August 5 August
Spring A December 5 January

Admission Requirements

Each state has different authorization regulations with regards to online education. Please check the authorization status of your state.

Application Requirements:

  1.  A degree from an entry level occupational therapist program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). International applicants must have met all requirements for practice in their own country and graduated from an accredited or World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) approved occupational therapy program.
  2. Certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). International applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible to practice as an occupational therapist in their home country.
  3. A graduate research methods course.
  4.  Three letters of recommendation for applicants who do not have a master’s in Occupational Therapy from EKU.
  5. A one-to-two page statement of professional goals.
  6. A resume and/or professional portfolio.
  7. Transcripts of undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  8. An online graduate application.

Application Process

Start your application. Go to https://application.eku.edu/register/APPLY. Create an account and select your username and password. Follow the on-screen prompts.

Provide your academic history. List each college attended or degree earned. If you do not have a BS or MS in occupational therapy from EKU, request transcripts to be sent directly to the EKU Graduate School. More information is available within the online application. Transcripts sent to a student and then delivered to EKU will not be accepted. Each transcript must bear the original signature of the authorized official, along with the seal of the institution, and must be sent to the EKU Graduate School directly from the issuing institution.

Complete departmental information. Provide these items within your online application.

Letters of Recommendation: If you do not have a MS in occupational therapy from EKU, three letters of recommendation highlighting your leadership potential are required.

Within the application, you will provide contact information for your references. One letter should be from an employer/supervisor. The additional letters can be from those who have worked closely with you as an occupational therapist (suggestions include: former employers, administrators, and colleagues who are familiar with your professional work experience, and faculty members from your most recent academic degree).

  • NBCOT certification: You will provide your National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) number and upload a copy of your initial or current NBCOT certification. A JPEG, screen shot or PDF is acceptable.
  • Resume or professional portfolio
  • Personal and Professional Objective Statement: Your statement of professional objectives is an important part of the application process.  Faculty will use the essay to evaluate your written communication skills as well as to evaluate the relationship of your career goals to those of the program. It should be 1 or 2 pages in length and include your name, address and phone number.

Questions?
Contact Courtney Spradling at Courtney.Spradling@eku.edu or 859-622-9951.

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Financial Aid Office: 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345
Student Account Services: 859-622-1232

Student Success

The OTD faculty do an excellent job of making you feel like you are part of a community even though you are off campus.

Casey HumphreyEKU Online OTD Graduate

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

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