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With a passion for improving the lives of others and a belief in the power of holistic health care, you aim to make a difference. As an occupational therapist, you can tap into these interests, and Drake’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) is your path to this meaningful career.

Drake’s accelerated, three-year OTD—and Pre-Occupational Therapy track for undergraduates—is designed with the future of health care in mind. As the demand for occupational therapists grows, you will be ready to meet those needs, backed by Drake’s tradition of educational excellence in the health sciences. That legacy is rooted in a learning experience that takes place in the classroom and in the field, and emphasizes technical knowledge and the interpersonal skills necessary to be an effective health care provider and innovative leader in occupational therapy.

But the Drake experience is about more than education; it’s about being part of a supportive and loyal community. You’ll gain individualized attention from expert faculty and staff invested in you and your future, developing relationships that last far beyond graduation.

The first cohort of OTD students is expected to graduate in May 2019.  Outcome data for this class and future classes is not yet available.

Graduation Year Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate

NBCOT Exam New Grad Pass Rate

2019 26/-- No Data No Data
2020 34/-- No Data No Data
2021 43/-- No Data No Data

Doctoral-Degree-Level Occupational Therapy Program

(Accreditation Status: Program with Pre-Accreditation Status) The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Pre-Accreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is The program must 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, most 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. Program results from NBCOT can be found online at