NKU is in the process of developing an Innovative learning environment focused on Excellence in Occupation-Centered Practice, Collaborative Engagement, Professionalism, and Leadership. Students will experience a cutting-edge curriculum. If you choose NKU, imagine yourself…
Consistent with the mission and values of Northern Kentucky University, and the College of Health and Human Services the faculty and staff of the Department of Occupational Therapy promote an innovative environment to facilitate excellence in academics, entry-level occupation-based practice, collaborative engagement, professionalism, and leadership within a global context to promote health through occupational engagement.
To cultivate innovative occupational therapy professionals who promote occupation based health and wellness and foster dedication to inclusion, scholarship, collegiality, and service in order to improve quality of life across the lifespan.
NKU OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY students will experience a highly respected evidenced-based education in the engaging Health Innovations Simulation Center. The NKU Center for Simulation Education utilizes advanced technology and thoughtfully designed spaces to create a safe learning environment where students can practice real-life healthcare situations. The center features eight inpatient simulation rooms including an operating room, and a multi-bed critical care room. In addition, the center has a simulated home health environment and eight outpatient examination rooms. The simulation spaces allow for a learner-centered education with endless exploration and is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. NKU’s Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy offers a business focused framework delivered by experts in the field, along with simulated experiences integrated into evidenced based coursework based on current areas of practice.
NKU’s beautiful rural campus is just 7 miles from downtown Cincinnati. The student rec center has over 17,000 SF of state-of-the-art cardo, weight and circuit training equipment, a 1/9-mile track, Olympic size aquatic center, and hundreds of regularly scheduled exercise classes. Students can visit Starbucks for a latte or fuel up in many eateries available in the student union, and stroll through the beautifully landscaped campus or partake in many leisure and social opportunities. The energetic Norse campus offers endless opportunities to get involved, build lasting skills, and establish lifelong relationships.
NKU’s OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY faculty focus on being culturally responsive and understand the need for diversity in education. Instructors take the time to know each student’s name and explore individual learning styles. Students experience a one-one education yet benefit from the full university experience among a highly established regional institution.
The Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) curriculum integrates foundational knowledge, basic theoretical constructs and perspectives, and technical skills development for implementing the Occupational Therapy Process with a focus on systems and settings that represent contemporary and emerging Occupational Therapy practice. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to become evidence-based practitioners in the Evaluation, Intervention, and Outcomes stages of the Occupational Therapy Process for individuals, families, organizations, and communities across geographic locations and cultural settings. The location of services can include schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, homes, communities, and workplaces.
Aligned with the College of Health and Human Services’ emphasis on interprofessional education students in the Occupational Therapy program will participate in collaborative interactions and simulation experiences that allow them to support and encourage the contributions of other team member in optimizing client outcomes. The integration of basic foundational knowledge with interprofessional simulated client experiences allows for deeper integration of knowledge and better preparation for clinical experiences.
Curricular Threads and Program Outcomes
1) Excellence in Occupation-centered Practice:
2) Collaborative Engagement
NKU OTD students will actively engage with:
OTD Course Sequence
The majority of the NKU OTD courses are a face to face or hybrid format. Three summer courses will be in an online format. Please click here for the sequence of courses.
Submit Your Application in Advance
Currently applicants can submit their applications for the Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program through OTCAS at https://otcas.liaisoncas.com/. Please note applications will be processed and potential students interviewed for the tentative January 2022 start date, however no applicants will be formally admitted into the program until final approval is received from the accreditation Council on Occupational Therapy Education and The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Minimum requirements for admission to the NKU OTD program
Application to the OTD program will occur in the summer and classes will begin in the following January. The applications will be submitted to the Occupational Therapy Central Application System (OTCAS). Applicants with higher GPA, Letters of Recommendations, and GRE Scores will be invited to an interview with OT faculty. The program will accept the 20 highest ranking applicants. Applicants will be ranked according to the following:
Please click here for the technology resources required for students enrolled in the program.
Students enrolled will need to maintain the following in order to continue in the program:
Students enrolled will need to complete the following in order to graduate from the program: