Excellence and innovationDoctor of Occupational Therapy

Students taking part in an Occupational Therapy lab.

Why Choose Our Program?

A career in occupational therapy offers a diverse range of opportunities and experiences. Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan in an array of settings, both in the clinic and beyond. Through the use of meaningful activities, occupational therapists help individuals maximize participation in their daily lives to the best of their abilities. 

  • Jacksonville University itself: The university has been on the America’s Best Colleges list for over 12 straight years.
  • The faculty for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program: The faculty possess extensive clinical and research backgrounds and are committed to engaging students in professional activities.
  • The OTD program is part of the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences: Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences is associated with the largest regional rehabilitation hospital.
  • Valuable partnerships: Our program has strong relationships with local healthcare providers
  • Location: In addition to the strong academics, the location of the university is an asset. The state of the art facility and house is located on a beautiful tree- filled campus on the St. John’s River in Jacksonville, Florida. A short drive takes you to a number of beaches and major Florida attractions.

You can now request recordings of past virtual information sessions that you can view at any time, no scheduling required. Request a recording today to learn more about our program, hear from faculty, and better understand the admissions process.

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The priority deadline to submit applications and all accompanying materials through OTCAS is December 31.

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Chat with the chair

Join us for a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Chat with the Chair Session in our state-of-the-art Occupational Therapy House to learn more about our distinct program, ask questions about the admissions process, and meet the program director and faculty. If you are unable to attend in person, we still encourage you to register. We will send you a link on the day of the event to attend virtually.

Friday, December 3, 2021

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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AdmissionsHow to Apply

The priority deadline to submit applications and all accompanying materials is December 31, 2021. The final deadline is March 5.

  • Request official transcripts & documentation
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school code is 001495
  • Apply for our program through OTCAS
  • Qualified applicants will be selected for interviews with the OT Admissions committee
  • Check out the link below to learn more about our admissions requirements and to learn how to apply through OTCAS 
Our Occupational Therapy House during graduation.

Our Accreditation

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited 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 www.acoteonline.org.

Graduates of the program 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.


The OTD program at Jacksonville University recently graduated its first class. Currently, no program outcomes nor NBCOT pass rates are available. The pass rates and program outcomes will be posted when they are available. The OTD program has a planned annual cohort size of 28 students. Students who have successfully completed the program will be allowed to sit for the NBCOT examination.

*Photos features the Nelson Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Technology Health Center at Jacksonville University on the beautiful St. Johns River. 

The accreditation logo for the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Edication.

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