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Entry-Level Doctoral Program

Our Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (ELOTD) is designed for students entering with a degree in a field other than OT. Students will experience an exciting program combining a diverse curriculum, research, service learning, and fieldwork. Our program prepares students to graduate as a generalist, ready to work in any area of the field while fostering leadership skills, allowing our students to emerge as top practitioners and researchers in occupational therapy. We believe that our program can teach our students to be Empowered, Innovative, Educated and Inspired in the profession of Occupational Therapy.


Program Details:

  • The ELOTD program is a 9 semester, full time program
  • Students will graduate with an OTD, a professional clinical doctorate degree.
  • After the completion of your OTD degree, you will be eligible to sit for the NBCOT exam to become a practicing occupational therapist.
  • The program begins June 10th, following your acceptance.
  • List of courses
  • Application materials - Application deadline for entry-level doctoral program extended to January 15, 2019
  • Prerequisites
  • Tuition
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Please note: The Department of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University has initiated the steps to transition our entry-level master’s program (ELM) to an entry-level doctoral program (EL-OTD). The department has been granted the opportunity to apply for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Our first EL-OTD class will start June 10th, 2019. At this time, we will no longer offer an entry-level master's degree program. We will continue to offer our Post-Professional OTD and Certificate programs.

*The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has mandated that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational therapist will move to the doctoral level by July 1, 2027.