Named a Best Occupational Therapy Program 2021 by U.S. News and World Report
In the latest graduate school rankings, U.S. News and World Report ranked Mizzou’s Occupational Therapy program in the top 18% in the nation.
The continued high demand for occupational therapists (OTs) and increasing accreditation requirements prompted the American Occupational Therapy Association to vote in support of entry-level education for OTs at the doctoral level, in addition to the traditional master’s degree. We are confident in the high quality of education within our OTD degree to prepare our graduates for a long and successful career in occupational therapy.
Careers in OT
As of 2021, the median pay for occupational therapists is $61,520 per year, and the demand for OTs is expected to rise 34 percent in the next 10 years.
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Students will complete 116 credit hours over 3.5 years in a full time onsite cohort model curriculum. Students will also be required to pass a national certification exam administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) in order to gain entry into the profession and obtain licensure. Students will have the ability to customize their educational plans through unique combinations of elective coursework, fieldwork and doctoral capstone experiences.
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Admission and application
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Students choose from more than 300 fieldwork sites across the nation to complete their Level I and II field placements and a doctoral capstone.
Cost and aid
The Occupational Therapy department follows the University of Missouri’s Professional tuition and fees for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program.