Occupational Therapy

JU Alumni/Occupational Therapy house 

Nelson Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Technology Health Center (NORTH-C)


JU- Doctor of Occupational Therapy- Excellence and innovation in occupational therapy education


In the fall of 2019, Dr. Megan Bewernitz hosted Dr. Francis Bartlett Kinne at the NORTH-C for her Geriatric Theory and Practice in Occupational Therapy course. They discussed Successful Aging. 

Dr. Kinne with the OTD class of 2021

Occupational Therapy

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. Our profession is an evidence-based, client-centered profession and has a distinct value in people’s lives. Occupational therapy leads to improved health, improved quality of life, greater engagement in meaningful activities, and positive health outcomes.

In 2017 the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the occupational therapy profession celebrated their 100th Anniversary. Despite the profession being 100 years old, we are a profession that is growing rapidly. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (2016-2017) the profession of occupational therapy is one of the fastest growing professions.

As the profession continues to grow, the rapidly changing and dynamic nature of contemporary health and human services delivery systems provides challenging opportunities for the occupational therapist to use knowledge and skills in a practice area as a direct care provider, consultant, educator, manager, leader, researcher, and advocate for the profession and the consumer. 

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Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program at Jacksonville University

Our program launched with our first cohort in the Summer of 2018 with an expected graduation in the Spring of 2021. We are currently in the Candidacy stage of the accreditation process with the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). See Accreditation and Pass Rate page for details on our accreditation status.


Students in our program study in the NORTH-C house situated just north of the main campus of Jacksonville University and overlooking the beautiful St. Johns River.

backyard view with a white porch railing


The NORTH-C is the living laboratory for our program. Students get to practice the skills they will need in a setting similar to the ones their future clients will be returning home to.  

Jacksonville University's new Academic Health Sciences Center opened in January, 2020. Currently, the center houses an orthodontic clinic, classrooms, faculty offices, meeting spaces, as well as, clinic spaces. 

three story brick office building


The entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree program here at Jacksonville University 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 www.acoteonline.org. 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). 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.

For more information about accreditation, see our Accreditation page.

Other reasons to choose Jacksonville University

  1. Jacksonville University itself. The university has been on the America’s Best Colleges list for over 12 straight years. The class sizes are small so you experience a more personalized education.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Location. In addition to the strong academics, the location of the university is an asset. The university 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. 
JU Sunsetsand dunes with tall grassJU: "Where untrodden paths lead to undiscovered passions."
(Photo by Roan Helgeson)


Since the OTD program at Jacksonville University is a program at the Candidacy status level in the accreditation process with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), no program outcomes nor NBCOT pass rates are available at this time. The OTD program has a planned cohort size of 28 students. The OTD program must gain full accreditation status with ACOTE before students who have completed the program will be allowed to sit for the NBCOT examination.

Once available, NBCOT pass rates can be found at NBCOT.

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Pamela Adrian, MS

Assistant Director, Enrollment & Advisement