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We offer our entry level Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTDe) program in three formats - accelerated, post-baccalaureate and bridge. They are based on a liberal arts foundation and encompass 2-3 years of professional education beyond a bachelor’s degree.

  • OT: Pediatric
  • OT: Adult
  • OT: Safety
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Program Overview

Our goal is to prepare you as an outstanding occupational therapist, who will practice with excellence and integrity. We emphasize the importance of serving all clients with the best care possible. You’ll develop the skills necessary to enable people to do their day-to-day (occupational) activities despite physical or functional impairments, activity limitations, or participation restrictions. By combining classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinic-based instruction, our courses train you for a wide range of work settings.

Program highlights

  • Program admits up to 28 students a year in all tracks
  • The OTDe requires 10 additional credits, which includes a 14 week capstone experience
  • OTDe can be decided after the first full year in any of the tracks. After fist full year, students must a letter of intent to apply
  • Strong basis in the foundational sciences with hands-on application throughout the program
  • Focus on evidence-based practice including faculty-mentored research opportunities
  • Specialty courses in a variety of practice areas including pediatrics, neurorehabilitation, ergonomics, upper extremity rehabilitation, geriatrics, and health & wellness
  • Active community partnerships including opportunities for pro-bono clinic practice, service learning and grant writing for program development
  • Assessment of readiness for the NBCOT exam, including practice exams and NBCOT preparatory course contribution
  • Optional global education trips


The Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education ( ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. AOTA’s phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. 

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status 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-AOTA and its Web address is The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard D.1.3.


Graduates of the program may sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) located at One Bank St., Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, (301)-990-7979. Graduates who successfully complete the exam will receive the credentials: Occupational Therapist Registered OTR®. Please note that most states require additional licensure/certification to practice. Be forewarned that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Program data specific to Concordia University Wisconsin on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Exam can be found here.

Student and program outcomes

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduation Graduation Rate
2017 68/55 80.8%
2018 69/61 88.4%
2019 67/59 88%
Total 204/175 85.8%
What to Expect

Our occupational therapy curriculum offers you exposure to many real-world scenarios that will test your knowledge. You’ll have multiple opportunities for client contact, ranging from children to older adults, school systems to factories, and acute care to community wellness programs. Some of these experiences are clinical fieldwork placements, while others are client evaluation and consultation in the classroom or community based settings. In your very first semester, you’ll get to begin working with clients in the community to put theory into practice.

Where can you go after your earn this degree? Consider our doctoral programs, including a Doctorate of Education. One of the best, unique aspects of the EdD in Leadership in Innovation and Continuous Improvement (LICI) is its interprofessional approach. This cohort program welcomes students with diverse professional backgrounds in business, health professions, pharmacy, nursing, and education. The curriculum is collaboratively designed across these interprofessional areas and incorporates best practices from all these fields of study.

Uncommon rehabilitation leaders should consider earning a doctorate in leadership, innovation, and continuous improvement (LICI) as an alternative to a PhD. Today’s rehabilitation leaders and educators need to be well versed in evidence-based teaching and practice. This interprofessional learning with leaders in education, business, and health care provides a solid foundation for teaching, administration and entrepreneurial leadership, which are qualities that will drive the future of rehabilitation.

Licensure / Certifications
This program prepares students for the NBCOT certification exam to practice as an occupational therapist. Each state has its own licensure/certification requirements.

In addition to our main and online campuses, Concordia has center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program is available at the following:

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