Doctor of Occupational TherapyField Progression

Students in OT house

Level I

The Level I experiences will be during the Spring semester and Fall semesters in years one (1) and two (2) of the program. The purpose of Level I Fieldwork is to provide each student with an exposure to the healthcare field and to enrich their didactic coursework through direct observation and selected participation in various aspects of the therapy process (, 2017). Through this experience, students can increase their comfort level with relating to clients of various backgrounds and abilities (, 2017). Fieldwork experiences will be in traditional and nontraditional settings. The three (3) Level I Fieldwork rotations are full-time for one (1) week each.

Level II

The Level II experiences are comprised of two twelve (12) week sessions occurring during the Summer and Fall semesters of a student’s final year of study. The purpose of Level II Fieldwork is to “develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists” (, 2017).



Important Dates

Priority Deadline November 10, 2023
Secondary Deadline January 1, 2024
Final Deadline March 1, 2023

Applicant Interviews

Task Deadline or date
Priority Interviews December 2, 2023
Second Round Interviews February 3, 2024
Final Interviews April 6, 2024

Doctoral Capstone

The Doctoral Capstone happens after students have completed their coursework, comprehensive examination, and fieldwork. The capstone is a 14-week faculty-guided mentored experience where students can focus on an area of OT that interests them. It is designed for the student to gain advanced skills in one of the following areas:

Clinical practice skills
Research skills
Program and policy development
(, 2017)

OT student simulation

Fieldwork Educator of The Year AwardFOTA Conference Award

At the annual Florida Occupational Therapy Association Conference, our program and the Florida Occupational Therapy Educational Consortium awarded Shanika Davis from Brooks Rehabilitation with a Fieldwork Educator of the Year award. Shanika was recognized for her dedication, commitment, and service to Occupational Therapy fieldwork education. Congratulations Shanika!

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

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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.

AdmissionsHow to Apply

  • 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

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