Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Student occupational therapist working with a patient at Camp Hand to Hands

Information Sessions

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Join us to learn more about the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. Sessions are offered frequently, click the registration button below to find upcoming dates.

CARES Therapy Clinic

Occupational therapy student helping a patient while a supervisor looks on.

The student-run CARES Therapy Clinic provides a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on, service-learning experience while providing pro-bono occupational therapy services to patients the Charleston area.

Cost of Attendance

Prospective students may find the estimated cost of attendance for the program on the MUSC Financial Aid Services website.

Accreditation

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). The program must have a pre-accreditation 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). Passing the NBCOT Certification Examination is necessary, but each state may have additional requirements for state licensure. You can find information about state licensure here.  Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) logo

The Occupational Therapy program's accrediting body is the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

ACOTE c/o AOTA
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: 301-652-6611 / Fax: 770-238-0414
acoteonline.org

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) logoThe national certification examination for occupational therapists is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. View MUSC's school performance data at NBCOT.org.