100% of graduates from UToledo’s O.T.D. program have jobs within six months of graduation and pass the national board certification exam within a year of graduation.
The nationally recognized O.T.D. program at The University of Toledo has a history of excellence:
Full-time occupational therapy graduate students can complete UToledo’s intensive course work and clinical training in less than three years to earn a doctorate and qualify for certification as an occupational therapist.
We believe that a true OT graduate program builds knowledge, as well as imparts knowledge. Faculty members are committed to preparing occupational therapists who are:
A doctoral degree isn't required to practice occupational therapy. But UToledo’s program is staying ahead of the national curve. The American Occupational Therapy Association board of directors has advocated doctoral preparation for entry-level practice by 2027.
Twice a month, we offer graduate admissions sessions for prospective doctorate students in occupational therapy. Email us for details.
View accreditation information. Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online.
Nationally ranked program. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks The University of Toledo in the top 25% of 240+ occupational therapy programs in the U.S.
Exceptional value. Our graduate students benefit from the tuition rates of a public university and O.T.D. program-specific scholarships.
Individual attention. 20 graduate students are admitted each fall. UToledo’s O.T.D. program offers:
Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
High-tech research spaces and classrooms. UToledo’s O.T.D. graduate program is housed in the 160,000-square-foot Health and Human Services Building on Main Campus, which features a motion lab, casting/splinting lab and community clinics.
Service learning. Get hands-on experience and help advance the study and profession of occupational therapy. Participate in:
Graduates of the UToledo occupational therapy doctorate program work as practicing occupational therapists in a variety of professional settings. They have become true leaders in clinical practice, administration, program development, advocacy and clinical education.
UToledo O.T.D. alumni have worked for:
Sample Job Settings for Occupational Therapists
UToledo’s highly integrated occupational therapy course work focuses on a solid understanding of theory, research and practice skills. Our students gain a high level of decision-making, management, leadership and professional skills through integrated course work, field work, independent research and a capstone project.
Starting the first semester, O.T.D. graduate students participate in field work experiences. This work exposes them to a variety of practice areas in occupational therapy and helps them develop skills.
The UToledo O.T.D. program offers more than 300 field work partnerships across Ohio and the U.S. Students also find field work opportunities on UToledo’s Health Science Campus and at the UT Medical Center.
The hours our students work greatly exceed the minimum needed for accreditation.
UToledo OT graduate students work on two in-depth projects — a research project and a capstone project. The projects are designed with a faculty mentor to answer important questions in occupational therapy.?Many of our students and alumni have published their results in professional journals and presented results at conferences.?
The O.T.D. faculty and staff are teachers, scholars, researchers and mentors with a range of specialties, including: