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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.


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 (Due October 15th)
  • 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.