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Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists work in a broad range of practice areas including children and youth, health and wellness, rehab and disability, mental health, work and industry, and productive aging. Occupational therapists use everyday activities for therapeutic purposes to help clients achieve their goals for everyday function. The program’s specialized curriculum prepares its graduates as transformative, culturally competent, life-long learners demonstrating excellence in leadership, ethics, practice, and scholarship to promote full participation in meaningful occupations, health and wellness for individuals, groups and populations.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2019 for a fall-term cohort that begins in August 2019.


Scholarships or financial aid are available to qualifying students.

About the Program

The Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program within Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences is an entry-level, 105 credit hour, post-baccalaureate, professional degree.

This program is designed for students who do not have a degree or certificate in occupational therapy, but have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and are seeking an entry-level graduate program in occupational therapy.

The program is offered in a full-time, traditional classroom and laboratory environment. Students pursuing an OTD can expect to be in school for a minimum of 9 academic semesters. The educational program consists of academic coursework, two full-time supervised fieldwork experiences and a 14-week doctoral residency. At the successful conclusion of all academic requirements and ACOTE accreditation, OTD students will qualify to sit for the national OT certification exam (NBCOT).

JU’s OTD program has obtained Candidacy status seeking Pre-accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (see ACOTE accreditation details here).

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Jacksonville University is ranked in the top 10% among Florida colleges offering the highest lifetime return on investment.

An advanced degree is one of the best investments you can make for your career, and Jacksonville University wants to be the key to your future success. To help you achieve your educational goals, the Financial Aid Office is committed to working with you to find and secure an aid package to pay for your post-graduate education.  As a graduate or professional degree candidate, you may be eligible to receive aid from several federal student aid programs.

About Jacksonville University

About Jacksonville University

Named an “America’s Best College” in the south for more than 10 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, Jacksonville University is a premier private institution in northeast Florida.

Founded in 1934, JU offers more than 70 majors and programs, including more than 20 advanced degree and certificate programs. The foundation of our programs is the University’s nationally recognized faculty. A number of our faculty have been honored by organizations such as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Pew National Fellowship Program, the Fulbright Scholarship Program, and the American Council on Education.

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The School of Nursing holds accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for all degree programs

The Master of Science program in Speech Language Pathology is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language

The Master of Science program in Mental Health Counseling is seeking CACREP accreditation

The School of Orthodontics Advanced Specialty Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthodontics is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

All programs except the Master of Science in Kinesiological Sciences are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The MS Kinesiological Sciences program is pending approval by SACSCOC.

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