Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate

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

Upcoming Information Sessions

Join a virtual information session to learn more about the entry level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program. To register, click the date and time you would like to attend.

Occupational Therapy Doctorate


On Campus

A multi-program event, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, and Master in Health Administration. Our on-campus information sessions will include a tour of the campus, followed by a presentation from program faculty and an opportunity to ask questions.

November 11, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

BS in Healthcare Studies & Occupational Therapy Doctorate 

This is a combined information session for certified occupational therapy assistants or other individuals interested in a career in occupational therapy after completing a bachelor's degree. The session will highlight the online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies as a pathway to applying for the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program at MUSC. We will share the needed education and prerequisites, resources and tips for improving your candidacy, and you will have an opportunity to ask the program and admissions directors questions.


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.


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.

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: 301-652-6611 / Fax: 770-238-0414

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.