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The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program is a three-year graduate program housed within the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Program Summary
108 credits
3 years (9 terms including 3 summer terms)
Program starts summer term only (first Monday in June)

The OTD Program includes fieldwork education, an experiential preceptorship and a capstone project. 

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The OTD Program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Preaccreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA and its Web address is  

The program must 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.

Projected Timeline for OTD Program Accreditation Activities

The following table includes the tentative target dates for the steps leading to accreditation of the OTD Program.

  Date Status
Letter of Intent Submitted March 2016 Accepted by ACOTE April 2016
Candidacy Application Submitted May 2016 ACOTE granted Candidacy Status with approval to admit first class June 2017
Report of Self-Study Due March 1, 2019 Submitted February 2019
ACOTE Decision on Preaccreditation Review of Self-Study August 2019 Granted Preaccreditation Status August 2019
Initial On-Site Evaluation August - November 2019 Scheduled October 21 - 23, 2019
ACOTE Review of Report of On-Site Evaluation (ROSE) and Accreditation Decision December 2019  
First OTD Class graduates April 2020  
First OTD Class Graduates eligible to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination 2020  

The OTD Program requires that students complete fieldwork education, and an experiential preceptorship at facilities external to the University of Pittsburgh. PLEASE NOTE: All OTD students are required to obtain the following annually - PA criminal record check, PA child abuse history clearance, PA DHS and PA DOE fingerprint background checks, personal health insurance, health screening, drug screening, influenza vaccination, CPR/AED training, and first aid training.