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Occupational Therapy

SIU Occupational Therapy students working together.

Southern Illinois University has introduced a program aimed at preparing you for professional entry-level practice as an occupational therapist. Designed for students who are new to occupational therapy, who have not yet obtained their professional entry-level degree in the field. By enrolling in our entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program (OTD), you can gain the necessary in-depth education and experience to fulfill roles in clinical practice and leadership; research and education. emerging practices, and/or program development.

Our faculty is dedicated to helping you acquire advanced skills and climb the ranks in occupational therapy by guiding you through clinical, educational, or research-based projects. With our program, you can achieve your goals and reach for leadership positions in your field.

Doctoral Degree

We offer an entry-level professional curriculum for the occupational therapy doctoral program. Our program aims to enhance students' comprehension of occupation and the philosophical underpinnings of the field. By completing the program, future professionals will be equipped to address obstacles to the physical and mental health, well-being, and overall quality of life for individuals, groups, and entire populations. VIEW HANDBOOK


The entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program, offered through the School of Health Sciences within the College of Health and Human Sciences, has been granted candidacy status for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

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National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, (NBCOT) Certification Examination.

Consistent with ACOTE policy, the OTD program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted accreditation for students to be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, (NBCOT) Certification Examination. The examination is administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), located at One Bank Street, Gaithersburg MD, 20878, NBCOT’s phone number is (301) 990- 7979, and web address is After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure 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.

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