Our Program

Degree Offered

Doctor of Occupational Therapy, OTD

Program Length and Locations

The program is eight semesters in length, (33 months) starting in August and ending three years later in May. The program is a hybrid format. We admit a single cohort per year which is offered via a combination of innovative technology, on-line learning, and face-to-face delivery at UNMC in Omaha and UNMC Health Science Education Complex (HSEC) in Kearney.

Degree Requirements (Academic and Professional Standards)

Students must receive a passing grade of “C” or better or “Pass” in all courses and maintain an overall quality grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or above. Grades of less than “C” are considered as failing within the occupational therapy program. Students need a variety of skills and attributes to be successful to enter the occupational therapy profession. The program will support the development of critical thinking, professional behaviors, scientific knowledge of the discipline, psychomotor skills, knowledge translation, and health and wellness. Students must successfully meet all of the program’s performance standards by passing all didactic work, laboratory practica, fieldwork education, and doctoral experiential capstone. Course instructors assess the standing of a student in any course as assessed by examination, laboratory and clinical performance, class participation, written assignment, personal observation, and other methods of evaluation.

UNMC OTD and older adult using assistive technology

Description of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program

The program has three themes: Occupation for Health, Personal and Professional Development, and Translational Science. Occupation for Health focuses on the application of occupation-based and evidence-based intervention for current practice, leadership, education, and scholarship. Personal and Professional Development supports the maturity of lifelong learners who demonstrate a commitment to professional standards and responsibilities. Translational Science is the study of and process for sharing knowledge from practice for practice to increase quality and effectiveness of services to improve health.

The College of Allied Health Professions at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) offers a program leading to the entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree. The program requires a bachelor's degree prior to admission to the three-year professional program at UNMC. The OTD Program is in the initial stages of accreditation. The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation 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. The ACOTE telephone number is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. UNMC enjoys full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Colleges.

Students in the Occupational Therapy Education program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center receive a comprehensive entry-level education in a program that includes didactic and clinical coursework, full-time fieldwork, and doctoral experiential capstone. Upon graduation, students qualify to sit for national certification and state licensure examination.

Health Information
Students are permitted to enroll at UNMC following completion of a medical history and evidence of vaccinations or immunities are provided to the Student Health Services Clinic. Students are required to provide physician certification of the following: a previous vaccination for rubella or evidence of an immune titer, tetanus inoculations within the last 10 years, Rubeola (measles), vaccination for mumps and polio or documentation of having the disease previously, history of or evidence of immune titer to varicella (chicken pox). Students are strongly encouraged to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine prior to matriculation or to start the vaccination process upon matriculation. All full-time students within the program are required to have health and accident insurance through a student health insurance program contracted by UNMC unless evidence of comparable coverage is provided.

Americans with Disabilities Act
Students enrolled in the OTD program are expected to meet the Essential Functions set forth by the UNMC Division of Occupational Therapy Education in order to be eligible for graduation. Sections 502 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) give students with disabilities certain rights regarding student and staff services and the curriculum. For information on the process for requesting accommodation for disability, please contact: Services for Students with Disabilities, Counseling and Student Development Center, Bennett Hall room 6001, phone (402) 559-7276.