Utah Tech University

Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Occupational therapists help people be as independent as possible in everyday life (their daily occupations).
At Utah Tech, the occupational therapy curriculum provides learners with an eclectic, dynamic and responsive set of client-centered skills to meet the diverse needs of individuals and communities.

8 Semesters

108 Credits

Starts Fall 2024

Information Session

Oct 15, 2024 In Person

5:30 pm


Oct 16, 2024 Virtual

5:30 pm


About the Program

The entry-level nature of the program means that the program prepares students to enter the workforce. Occupational therapy is an evidence-based health care profession deeply rooted in science that helps people across the lifespan adapt to injury, illness, or disability. Occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments (e.g., home, work, school, and community) and addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being through engagement in occupation (everyday activities). Thus, the program seeks to produce a graduate who has acquired the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for entry into the profession of occupational therapy.

The program is full-time with classes held at various times throughout the day.

The occupational therapy curriculum was developed with the University’s mission, mission-aligned core instructional methods (Active Learning, Applied Learning, Authentic Learning, Inclusive Pedagogy/Andragogy, and Student-centered) and Institutional Learning Outcomes (Skills, Knowledge, Innovation, Responsibility, and G.R.I.T. or growth mindset, relationship building, intentional learning, tenacity) as integral parts that are central to the educational process. The profile of the occupational therapy graduate as envisioned by the program is depicted below.

The curricular content is grounded in the history, theories, and science of occupation; it is this crucial foundational content that is addressed in the initial phase of the curriculum sequence. Its early placement establishes students’ perspectives as occupational therapists, and “occupation” as the encompassing context in which all other content is perceived and integrated. Occupation is reiterated, applied, and expanded within each later course, with increasing complexity and elaboration. The initial phase of the curriculum sequence also includes advanced studies of the science of the human body and the conditions that affect it.

Content related to applied science/conditions (e.g., mental and physical conditions) are integrated throughout the curriculum to provoke learning of client-specific occupational therapy issues. This organization requires that students relate information across areas of practice and diagnostic groups, and integrate learning from earlier courses into successively more complex treatment planning situations, ultimately preparing them to address the complex situations facing occupational therapists in practice and research.

During the final phases of the curriculum sequence, students complete two 12-week clinical fieldwork in practice settings, some of which may be rural areas, and an in-depth doctoral experiential component or Capstone. The Capstone Experience, requires the student to apply the knowledge and skills developed in courses and clinical fieldwork rotations to the design and implementation of an applied and innovative capstone project in response to an identified need in the field.

During the final phases of the curriculum sequence, students complete two 12-week clinical fieldwork in practice settings, some of which may be rural areas. Our goal is to provide local fieldwork opportunities as available; however, you may be required to relocate for fieldwork experiences.  All students must be prepared for this possibility or have travel time of one hour or more to their site. Costs may include transportation to and from fieldwork site, travel, parking, housing, and meals.



The mission of Utah Tech’s Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program is to provide a collaborative and inclusive active-learning educational environment that uses a polytechnical approach to prepare students to meet the diverse occupational and healthcare needs of the community.

The vision of Utah Tech’s Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program is to be recognized as innovative leaders by developing evidence-based practitioners who are confident and competent to be effective agents of change for the future of practice.

Faculty & Staff


Admission requirements

For admission into the OTD Program at Utah Tech, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduated with a B.A. or B.S. degree from a regionally accredited institution (or the equivalent for international students) with an overall GPA of at least 2.7 for the last two years of enrollment.
  • Prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited institution within the past 5 years (with a required GPA at least 2.7 and no single grade lower than a C) View prerequisite courses
  • All bachelor’s degree and prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to the first day of class in the Occupational Therapy curriculum.
  • GRE scores are not required for admission to our program.
  • To be competitive, we recommend that you have at least 40 observation hours in two different settings; Please be sure to state any pertinent volunteer hours and work experience on OTCAS.
  • Technical standards form (will be made available upon acceptance).
  • Criminal background check**

* Please note that in addition to fees incurred from OTCAS, there is a $50 graduate application fee required by Utah Tech University.
** Can be completed between acceptance and program start.


November 8

Priority Deadline

February 7

Final Deadline

How to Apply

  • Applicants must submit all application documents through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) portal.
  • The OTCAS application requires several written statements:
    • A personal statement (this statement is shared with all programs that you apply to through OTCAS)
    • Three letters of recommendation are required by Utah Tech University. One of which must be from a healthcare professional; preferably from an occupational therapist.
  • A minimum of 40 hours of observation or an Intro to Occupational Therapy Course
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended post high school.

International Students

Applicants with a degree from an international institution must hold the equivalent of an U.S. bachelor’s degree and submit a course-by-course evaluation to OTCAS conducted by World Education Services (WES). Only WES evaluations submitted to OTCAS will be reviewed.

Language Requirements:

  • Applicants whose native language is not English or whose academic study was done exclusively at non-English speaking institutions must prove English proficiency by providing either official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL results must be entered in OTCAS.
  • Preferred language scores are:
    • 550 TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT)
    • 100 TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT)

For additional resources and help, visit the International Student Services Page.

Tuition and Fees

2024-2025 Tuition 

Resident tuition is $700 per credit

Non-resident  is $1050 per credit

With a total of 108 credits required to complete the program, resident students can expect to pay $75,600 in tuition, while non-resident students will pay $113,400.

In addition to tuition, there are student fees of $436 per semester ($36.33 per credit hour). As the program spans 8 semesters, these fees amount to $3,488 for both resident and non-resident students.

Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program Tuition and Fees

OTCAS Application Fee – $159

Utah Tech University Graduate Studies Application Fee – $50

  • This fee is collected after acceptance into the Utah Tech OTD Program.
Current Cost

OTD Program Fall 2024

OTD Program Spring 2025

OTD Program Summer 2025

Total Cost of Program (3-yr program 2024-2027)

Tuition Resident/Non-Resident$11,250/$15,750$11,250/$15,750$7,500/$10,500$81,000/$115,744
Student Fees $436$436$336.60$3,488
Books and Supplies$300$300$300$2,400
Distance Ed Fees$0$0$0$0
Total Cost$11,986$11,986$8,136.60$86,888/$121,632

*Tuition and fees are subject to change upon curriculum and semester credit hour changes and yearly review. Total Cost of attendance based on an estimated 3% annual increase, actual amounts could be higher or lower.*

NBCOT Program Statistics

The Utah Tech Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program does not yet have a graduating class or NBCOT statistics.

First cohort is anticipated to graduate in 2027.


Year – N/A

Students Entering/ Graduating – N/A

Graduation Rate – N/A

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Phone: 301-652-2682


6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation 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.

Visit ACOTE Website


Jamie Garner

Support Specialist

Email: Jamie.Garner@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-879-4895

Dr. Sheila M. Longpré

Chair, Program Director

Email: Sheila.Longpre@utahtech.edu