Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program

In summer 2020, WMU's Department of Occupational Therapy launched an occupational therapy doctoral (OTD) program to replace its highly-respected master's degree program.

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Information sessions

We often hold virtual information sessions where you can learn more about WMU's OTD program, the application process, and speak with an advisor.

  • Dates and times coming soon

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Anderson, manager of recruitment and outreach.

Video of Occupational Therapy Student Talks About the Challenges of Seeing Real Clients



Fieldwork experiences will connect your academic knowledge with supervised clinical experience to help you become a competent, entry-level occupational therapy practitioner.


The Doctoral Capstone consists of a doctoral capstone experience and a capstone project designed to give you in-depth exposure to a concentrated area of study.

Capstone Experience

Calls to Action

  • Fieldwork

    Internship opportunities around the state, across the nation

  • Capstone

    In-depth exposure to a concentrated area of study

  • Apply

    When you're ready to take the first step

Estimated cost of attendance

The cost of the OTD program at WMU can vary based on credit hour costs, fees and other expenses.

Accreditation Status


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 www.acoteonline.org. 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.