Occupational Therapy

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2021 Cohort OTCAS Application Deadline:  May 5, 2020

The Department of Occupational Therapy works toward a vision of society where every person has the opportunity to experience a fulfilling life through participation in health-promoting occupations and universal access to occupational therapy services.

The department's mission is to prepare future practitioners who will be:

  • CHANGE AGENTS, by challenging the boundaries of current occupational therapy practice through purposeful exploration of new practice domains and models of care
  • INNOVATORS, by identifying unmet needs in their practice settings and communities and by creating dynamic interventions and programs to meet those needs
  • COLLABORATORS, by working at the top of their license in integrated interprofessional teams to effectively meet society's needs
  • ADVOCATES, by being global citizens and champions for occupational justice and improved quality of life for all people
  • STEWARDS, by practicing conscious care for themselves, the people they serve, and the profession's distinct value to society.
  • SCHOLARS, by demonstrating (and maintaining) deliberate habits of rigorous lifelong inquiry.

Program Description

The O.T.D. program is a 115 credit-hour, post-baccalaureate, 3-year (9 semester), full-time, on-campus program with an off-campus fieldwork and capstone component. Upon completion, an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctrate professional degree is awarded. This  OTD degree prepares graduates and is required to sit for the National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapy exam.

The OTD degree is a joint offering between the College of Education and Health Professions of the University of Arkansas and the College of Health Professions of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and UAMS's Northwest campus in Fayetteville. The department's mission embodies both institutions' shared aim to enhance the health, well-being, and quality of life of the people of Arkansas, our nation, and world. By enabling occupational therapy students to become innovative, caring, globally-minded scholars, practitioners, and advocates, the department advances an inclusive, emancipatory, and participatory, vision of society situated at the intersection of UAF and UAMS  missions. This distinctive entry-level clinical doctorate in occupational therapy is consistent with the accreditation standards of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Please direct program inquiries to  otd@uark.edu.