Joining with occupational therapy and occupational science communities internationally, as well as Duke University,

The Duke OTD envisions an inclusive world where all people flourish through access to and participation in meaningful, health-supporting occupations, the activities of everyday life.

We look forward to welcoming our inaugural cohort of future occupational therapists in August 2021. The Duke OTD is committed to weaving student’s personal and professional development together to shape leaders with a focus on eliminating human suffering caused by barriers to occupation. In order to welcome and form a cohort of students from as many walks of life as possible, the Duke OTD has taken the following actions to create an inclusive and equitable learning community:

  • Active learning and engagement in the community
  • Faculty position focused on minority recruitment and retention
  • Intentional integration between the personal and professional
  • Focus on justice work of eliminating human suffering caused by barriers to occupation
  • A holistic admissions process to welcome students from wide-ranging backgrounds

Duke OTD Virtual Information Sessions

Want to learn more about the Duke OTD? Join us for one of our 2020 virtual information sessions! Sessions will be held from 2:00–3:30 p.m. (EDT) on

Monday, September 28, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
Please register to attend a Duke OTD virtual information session here.

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Accreditation The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has been granted Applicant Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is

The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates 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 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. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.