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Huntington University’s Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Program is accredited 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 is 301-652-AOTA and its web address is The OTD program is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the regional accreditation body.

NBCOT Eligibility

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). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR).

In addition, all states require licensure to practice and state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students must complete Level II fieldwork and experiential requirements within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Huntington University: Entry Level OTD Program Student Outcomes

NBCOT Pass Rates

The initial Entry Level Doctorate of Occupational Therapy Class of 2017 began coursework on August 25, 2014, with graduation slated for May 2017. The first National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) pass rates will be available the beginning of 2018. Visit this link for NBCOT pass rate information by university.

Student Retention

  • 32 OTD students enrolled in the inaugural class on August 2014
  • 32 OTD students enrolled in the second class on August 2015
  • 34 OTD students enrolled in the third class
  • 34 OTD students enrolled in the fourth class
  • 18 OTD students enrolled in spring cohort on January 2018
  • 100% Retention Level 2014–2015, 2015–2016, 2016–2017, and 2017–2018

Graduation Rates

Class of 2017 — 32 of 32 students, a 100% graduation rate
Class of 2018 — 32 of 32 students, a 100% graduation rate

Student Scholarship

Evidence-Based Practice Poster Presentations – INOTA Spring Conference May 2, 2015

Midwest Alliance of Health Education – MAHE Research Scholarships 2015, 2016

Interprofessional Education Courses – OTD Huntington University, Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Trine University, Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioners at St Francis University; Doctorate of Pharmacy at Manchester University, Medical Students and Nurse Practitioners at Indiana University met 3–4 times to develop professional roles, work on case studies, root cause analysis, and interview skills. This unique program in the USA brings over 250 graduate students together to develop greater client outcomes and efficiency for future health care workers.

Textbook scholarships 2014, 2016

Student Service Projects

OTD 706 Global Outreach and Missions – 32 OTD students and 3 OTD Faculty

  • Wheels for the World – Donation of over 200 mobility devices delivered to Pendleton Penitentiary in Anderson, Indiana – January 2015, December 2015
  • Joni and Friends – Trip to Haiti to fit wheelchairs and mobility devices – January 2015, January 2016
  • SonRise – Bethesda Lutheran Communities – Camp Retreat for Intellectual Disabilities – January 2015, January 2016 
  • Food Drive – 2014, 2015, 2016

Student Activities 

  • White Coat Ceremony during orientation
  • Christian Fellowship Group
  • Big and Loud Training for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Exercise and Fitness Group
  • Family Dinner night
  • OTD and DPT Thanksgiving banquet
  • OTD Christmas party
  • Fundraising
  • CarFit Technician and CarFit Event Coordinator Certifications 2015
  • CarFit Events 2016, 2017
  • Midwest Alliance Healthcare Research 2015
  • INOTA State Conference – student presentation and poster exhibits
  • AOTA Annual Conference– Nashville 2015, Chicago 2016, Philadelphia 2017
  • AOTA Backpack Awareness 2017
  • AMBUCs 2016, 2017

OTD Publications