O.T.D. Program Coming Soon
Colorado State University has been granted candidacy as an O.T.D. program. Based on this, our entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program will replace the current entry-level M.S. and M.O.T. programs. Our last M.S. and M.O.T. students were admitted for Fall 2021 entry.
The application process for the entry-level O.T.D. program will open late August 2021 with an application deadline date of November 1, 2021. The O.T.D. program is 3 years long. Our first class will begin May 16, 2022 and will graduate in May 2025.
Our Accrediting Process
Our CSU master’s program has consistently ranked in the top 10 occupational therapy programs in the United States and is fully accredited. Using a carefully considered process, our faculty developed a strong O.T.D. program of study that has been approved at all University levels. We currently have candidacy status from our accrediting body, ACOTE®. Although our O.T.D. is not yet currently fully accredited, these steps lay the foundation for the accreditation process.
ACOTE® accreditation is required before graduates are eligible to sit for the exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. CSU anticipates completing the accreditation process six months before any students have completed the university’s requirements to take the exam. After successful completion of the NBCOT exam, a graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered.
In addition to national registration, all states require occupational therapists to be licensed. State licensure is usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Each state sets its own licensure fee. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.