Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program

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

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Information sessions

We have scheduled three virtual information sessions where you can learn more about WMU's OTD program and the application process from Sarah Anderson, manager of recruitment and outreach.

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Experience

Fieldwork

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

Capstone

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

In-state estimate:

(based on 2021-22 in-state tuition rate, subject to change)

Current Estimated In-State Cost of OTD ProgramYear 1Year 2Year 3Total

Tuition

$32,361

$28,140

$8,442

$68,943

Student Fees (WMU service fees and course-related fees)

$3,000

$2,900

$1,770

$7,670

Books & Supplies

$1,000

$1,000

$700

$2,700

Total

$36,361

$32,040

$10,912

$79,313

Out-of-state estimate:

(based on 2021-22 out-of-state tuition rate, subject to change)

Current Estimated Out-of-State Cost of OTD ProgramYear 1Year 2Year 3Total

Tuition

$48,541

$42,209

$12,663

$103,413

Student Fees (WMU service fees and course-related fees)

$3,000

$2,900

$1,770

$7,670

Books & Supplies

$1,000

$1,000

$700

$2,700

Total

$52,541

$46,109

$15,133

$113,783

Accreditation Status

DOCTORAL-DEGREE-LEVEL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM (Program with Pre-Accreditation Status)

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has been granted Pre-Accreditation 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 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.