Incoming Occupational Therapy students posing at the Wisconsin Capital

Program Overview

The Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) is a three-year, full time program. This 97 credits program includes 24 weeks of fieldwork and 14 weeks of a Capstone Experience. You will be part of an intimate cohort of students with individualized advising. You will learn the fundamentals of occupational therapy best practice with values emphasizing cultural responsiveness, ethics, collaboration, and social justice.

Our courses are organized into four main threads:

  • Practice – Occupation-centered and evidence-based
  • Research – Critical application and participation in clinically relevant research
  • Leadership – Respectful advocacy, influence and transformation
  • Wellness – Promoting health in self and others

What Sets UW–Madison Apart?

You will learn alongside experts in their field and receive mentorship from distinguished research faculty. Fieldwork experiences include working with diverse patient populations and community-based active learning. UW–Madison also provides you a strong foundation in state-of-the-art intervention theories and the critical use of evidence to support practice decisions.

Focusing on the Well-Being of Our Students

Student well-being is one of our top priorities. We help you apply the Occupational Therapy concepts of health and wellness to your own lives. This equips you to authentically practice the values of the profession. You will be able to maintain a healthy routine even while supporting clients, peers, and coworkers.

Please explore our website to learn more about our Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate. Feel free to contact our team at any time to learn more about the application process.

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Deadline to apply for Summer 2024 cohort has been extended to November 15, 2023, 11:59 p.m. CST

**The Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program begins every year in Summer**

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Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852, Phone: 301-652-AOTA, Email:

Program Overview


Full-time, primarily in-person

Program Type

Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate


3 years



Prerequisite Courses

Lifespan Development (6 credits)
Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
Statistics (3 credits)
Human Physiology with LAB (3-5 credits)
Human Anatomy with LAB (3-5 credits)


Tuition, Scholarship, and Financial Aid information

Application Deadline

November 15, 2023


Offered By

School of Education

Degree Conferred

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

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Student Opportunities

Check out the recorded 2023 Virtual Webinar to hear about our program from our Program Director, Admissions Coordinator, Fieldwork Coordinator, and Capstone Coordinator!


Email our program staff

Alexia Rebne, Admissions Coordinator

Sharon Gartland, Program Director

Rebecca Gray, Program Admin

Or  check out our FAQ page

Meet Me on Mondays

Learn more about the OTD program and get your questions answered by our Admissions Coordinator, Alexia Rebne!

Every Monday (Except September 4th) 12:00-1:00 pm CST

June 5th – October 30th

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**The Entry-Level Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program begins every year in Summer**


The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program is accredited 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 Graduates of the program
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.