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Welcome to the Duke University Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division

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The Duke OTD shares a vision with occupational therapy and occupational science communities internationally, which is also compatible with the commitments of Duke University:

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

Toward this vision, we are creating an inclusive and equitable learning experience in Duke Occupational Therapy Doctorate:

  • No GRE or other standardized tests
  • No observation hours
  • No prescribed pre-requisite courses
  • Virtual interviews
  • Vision and mission-driven selection criteria
  • Implicit bias training of all application reviewers and interviewers
  • Faculty position focused on minority recruitment
  • Active learning and engagement in the community
  • Intentional integration between the personal and professional
  • Focus on eliminating human suffering caused by barriers to occupation


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.