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The entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program, offered through the School of Health Sciences within the College of Health and Human Sciences, has been granted candidacy status for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Consistent with ACOTE policy, the OTD program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted accreditation for students to be eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, (NBCOT) Certification Examination. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

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Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program Mission

The mission of the occupational therapy doctorate program at Southern Illinois University (SIU) is to educate and foster success in students’ pursuit of an entry-level career as an occupational therapist. Preparing practitioners who value occupation, at the core of practice and strive for professional leadership roles advocating for practice, research, and education in the field. Occupational therapists who contribute to continuing the growth of the occupational therapy profession, demonstrate lifelong learning, and are committed to improving health care for the people and communities in the region.

Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program Vision

The occupational therapy doctorate program at Southern Illinois University (SIU) aspires to become a nationally recognized leader in occupational therapy education. A program that prepares occupational therapy professionals who transform lives and improve communities through scholarly practice, research, and education, supporting the health and well-being of people and communities in the region.