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.
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.
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: