Huntington University's doctoral program in occupational therapy (OTD) is a 3-year, full-time degree program that will promote your development in faith, health and wellness, leadership skills, advanced practice, research and professional service.
The OTD program at Huntington University is fully-accredited and 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).
Students in our program will complete clinical experiences in Indiana, across the country, and internationally. You will design, develop and implement an advanced practice project with faculty oversight. Examples of these projects include fitting wheelchairs in a developing country, implementing program evaluations of a health care system, working with industry to address ergonomic work issues or designing therapeutic apps for OT interventions.
Our program is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on the Parkview Hospital Randallia campus, which provides a rich, educational environment where you will learn to address community and global issues in a health care setting.
Students with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution are eligible to apply for this program. Applicants must also meet the minimum admission requirements and complete prerequisite classes. The application process is outlined here.
2017-2018 OTD Preview Days
September 22, November 3, & December 1, 2017
Please RSVP for the preview day in advance.
Frequently Asked Questions
A 2nd-year OTD student was selected to participate in a two-part research conference sponsored by the AOTA & AOTF.
More than a Doctorate
Rachel Harmsen reflects on her time in HU's Doctor of Occupational Therapy program.
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Dr. Nate Short's story about OT's trip to Haiti was published in a national journal.
On behalf of Huntington University, Dr. Ruth Ford, Associate Dean of Health Sciences / Occupational Therapy Doctorate Director, and Dr. Diana Shenefield, Director of Nursing / Assistant Professor of Nursing, accepted a certificate of nomination for McMillen Health’s 2017 Vitality Awards. The nominees and award recipients were honored during an October 11 luncheon ceremony at the Parkview Mirro Center.
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Dr. Ruth Ford, OTD Program Director, is the developing founder of the Occupational Therapy Program at Huntington University. She joined the university in 2013.