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Northern Kentucky University is applying for Candidacy status for an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program from The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-AOTA,

Tentatively the NKU Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program will launch January 2022. Applications for the proposed Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program can be submitted at OTCAS. Please note applications will be processed and potential students interviewed for the 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.



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…

  • Engaging with faculty who nurture student critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, self-reflection, and professional growth.
  • Participating in high fidelity Level I Fieldwork simulations at NKU’s Center for Simulation Education, named one of the world's top-tier learning places for practicing real-life health care situations by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
  • Collaborating with colleagues in over 5,200 square feet of lab space at the $105,000,000 Health Innovations Center.
  • Developing advanced leadership, marketing, and management skills with experts at the NKU Hail US Bank College of Business.
  • Co-operating interprofessionally to support and encourage the contributions of occupational therapists and other team member in optimizing client outcomes. Please explore the options at NKU for nurturing the occupational therapists inside you.
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